Sunday, April 19, 2009

Legislative Update - Week 14: Ready for the Summit

If you're not already registered for the Oregon Bike Summit, consider attending. Its focus this year is on the legislature, and getting the bicycle agenda passed is not going to be easy. Wednesday will feature a bike ride with legislators and face-to-face lobbying.

BTA-HQ joined the legislative blogroll last week! Check out their own legislative update each Monday.

Bikeportland has an article on a cel phone ban for motorists. Also on Bikeportland is an assessment of the status of House Bill 2690, the "Idaho Stop" bill. [see below for update]

Finally, House Bill 2001 appears to be a dummy bill headed for an omnibus gut-n-stuff effort. There's a crazy number of hearings scheduled for it, and I wonder if it will take on much of the content in House Bill 2120, the Governor's Transportation Bill.

Old Business:
Senate Bill 267 - no change
Senate Bill 276 - no change
Senate Bill 291 - no change
Senate Bill 292 - no change
Senate Bill 635 - no change

House Bill 2106 - no change
House Bill 2120 - no change - OLCV is reporting that "The Oregon Home Builders are working hard to strip the transportation package of key planning tools that will provide jobs, lower transportation costs, and empower cities to build stronger, healthier communities."
House Bill 2554 - Passed with amendment to add "person operating a motorcycle" to list of vulnerable roadway users - moved to Senate
House Bill 2681 - no change
House Bill 2690 - no change [update: Bikeportland quotes Doug Parrow, Chair of BTA Legislative Committee that the "Idaho Stop" bill is dead and the BTA will focus on their other bills.]
House Bill 2902 - no change
House Bill 2946 - Work Session scheduled for Tuesday, April 28.
House Bill 2971 - no change
House Bill 3008 - no change
House Bill 3137 - no change
House Bill 3164 - no change
House Bill 3399 - Work session scheduled for Thursday, April 23.

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