At the same time, there is the possibility of a major transportation package and so some attention will be warranted (not to mention other big topics).
Here's a preliminary list of bills that might be interesting. There don't seem to be any bicycle licensing bills this year in the pre-session filings! Nor were there any other bills specifically about bicycling. No carbon tax or cap-and-trade either. In years past I seem to recall more things of interest here.
- SB 38 - Looks like a generic funding bill for ODOT. The current project list in it is old and will almost certainly be replaced. Maybe this will be the "transportation package" eventually.
- SB 426 - Repeals low-carbon fuel standard
- SB 557 and HB 2135 - New statewide greenhouse gas emissions goals
- SB 5530 - an ODOT budget
- HB 2102 - Looks like it relaxes some of the penalties for DUI convictions
- HB 2288 - Funding for ConnectOregon
- HB 2355 - On collecting data on traffic stops and racial profiling.
- HB 2440 - An attempt to remove HOV lanes on I-5
- HB 2532 - A proposal for a quantitative scoring system for the STIP, including a requirement for "least-cost planning" (this one looks a little interesting)
- HB 2682 - A proposal to make it easier for cities to set speed zones and remove the need for ODOT approval (Portland is driving this and BikePortland has an extensive discussion)
Here's a Legislative advocacy event that is relevant!
To support Safe Routes to Schools funding and programming at the Legislature this year, the entity-formerly-known-as the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, now the Street Trust, in coalition as the For Every Kid Coaltion, have been holding a series of Town Halls around the state.
In March, it will be Salem's turn.
Save the Date! Tuesday, March 7th:
- 3/7 - For Every Kid Town Hall @ Salem (4:30-6pm)
- 3/7 - Salem Neighborhood Bikeways Open House (6-7:30pm)
(Update - The Town Hall will be in Broadway Commons, 1300 Broadway St NE #100. RSVP here.)
It looks like the Town Hall will also morph afterwards into a meeting on the family-friendly bikeway study for Winter-Maple streets.
As details are settled there will be more to say.
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