Earlier this year City Council opposed an effort to permit 20 mph residential speed limits.
Today the Senate passed House Bill 3150, which allows cities to post a 20 mph speed limit in residential districts. BikePortland and the Oregonian have details.
The bill will return to the House for a concurring vote and then to the Governor for an expected signature.
With neighborhood associations looking for traffic calming, and with the updates to the City's walking and biking plans, this could be a useful tool. Hopefully the City will reconsider their position on it.