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2017 Bills by Topic

Clicking on the measure number will take you to the measure overview on the Oregon Legislative Information System (OLIS) website. This list is updated weekly.

 
BENEFITS AND CLAIMS
 
Measure Summary and Notes
SB 80 Directs Director of Veterans' Affairs to provide aid and assistance to federally recognized Indian tribes in Oregon with regard to programs of service for Native American veterans and accreditation of federal tribal veterans representatives.  Notes:  This is an ODVA bill.  Directs ODVA to assist Oregon tribes with service programs for veterans and for training of veteran service representatives.  No fiscal impact.
  
EDUCATION
 
Measure Summary and Notes
HB 2220 Removes certain requirements veterans must meet prior to receiving high school diploma. Notes: Veterans who meet certain requirements may obtain a high school diploma. Bill eliminates some existing requirements. Unknown fiscal impact.
HB 2488 Requires Higher Education Coordinating Commission to adopt rules prioritizing award of Oregon Promise program grants to persons serving in Oregon National Guard who have completed initial active duty training. Notes: Oregon Promise program provides community college tuition waivers, but not specifically to persons serving in the Oregon National Guard (ONG). Bill requires HECC to write rules to give priority to persons serving in the ONG who have completed initial active duty training. Unknown fiscal impact.
HB 2565 Changes how priority enrollment system is applied to continuing qualified students and new qualified students. Notes: Provides that priority enrollment programs at universities and community colleges for active members of the Armed Forces and veterans must also prioritize offering course registration to continuing students before offering priority registration for new students. Unknown fiscal impact.
HB 2690 Establishes Oregon Educational and Workforce Development Bridge Loan Program in Department of Veterans' Affairs to conduct outreach and provide loans to veterans and disabled veterans who are enrolled in approved course of study, approved professional training, approved workforce development program or approved apprenticeship in connection with institution of higher education, and who are eligible to receive federal educational aid or other financial assistance that is temporarily unavailable. Notes: Provides "bridge loans" loans to veterans who are eligible to receive federal VA educational benefits or other financial assistance when financial assistance is temporarily unavailable. (Same language as 2015 HB 2840 sponsored by Rep. Evans). Potential fiscal impact.
SB 143 Directs Department of Veterans' Affairs to develop and implement one or more programs statewide to establish campus veteran resource centers and campus veteran resource coordinators, or expand and enhance existing centers and coordinators, on campuses of community colleges and public universities to help veterans successfully transition from military service to college life, succeed in college, complete educational goals and transition from college to workforce and community. Notes: Directs ODVA to develop or expand campus veteran resource centers and coordinators to help veterans transition to college life and then to workforce and community. Potential fiscal impact.
  
EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE
 
Measure Summary and Notes
HB 2520 Requires Housing and Community Services Department to take into account counties from which document recording or filing fees are charged and collected in making distributions from General Housing Account, Emergency Housing Account and Home Ownership Assistance Account. Notes: Counties collect a document recording fee to support housing for veterans that goes to Housing and Community Services (HCS). Bill requires HCS to take into account the amount collected from a county when distributing funds for programs for veterans. Also, if certain funds established for veterans are not used within two years, monies must go back to the counties for affordable housing.
HB 2689 Establishes Task Force on Innovative Housing Strategies for Veterans. Notes: Creates task force on innovative housing strategies for veterans. Includes study of acquisition and purchase of housing to provide housing options. Unknown fiscal impact.
  
EMPLOYMENT & ENTREPRENEURSHIP
 
Measure Summary and Notes
HB 2690 Establishes Oregon Educational and Workforce Development Bridge Loan Program in Department of Veterans' Affairs to conduct outreach and provide loans to veterans and disabled veterans who are enrolled in approved course of study, approved professional training, approved workforce development program or approved apprenticeship in connection with institution of higher education, and who are eligible to receive federal educational aid or other financial assistance that is temporarily unavailable. Notes: Provides "bridge loans" loans to veterans who are eligible to receive federal VA educational benefits or other financial assistance when financial assistance is temporarily unavailable. (Same language as 2015 HB 2840 sponsored by Rep. Evans). Potential fiscal impact.
HB 2887 Allows credit against income taxes for employment of qualified military veterans.
HB 2892 Directs Department of Veterans' Affairs to conduct statewide study regarding veteran-owned small businesses no later than July 1, 2018.
HB 3174 Directs Department of Veterans' Affairs to develop and implement one or more pilot programs statewide to provide training, job placement services, financial assistance, technical support and business creation assistance to veterans in construction and construction materials industries.
HB 3328 Modifies law regarding requirement that public employer grant preference to veteran or disabled veteran in selection process for civil service position.
S B 456 Enacts Emergency Medical Services Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact. Notes: Creates and Interstate compact for the licensing of emergency medical services (EMS) personnel that support licensing of military members and their spouses separating from active duty. Potential fiscal impact.
SB 476 Adds disabled veteran to definition of preferred worker who is eligible for reemployment assistance. Notes: The Preferred Worker Program helps qualified Oregon workers who have permanent disabilities from on-the-job injuries and who are not able to return to their regular employment because of those injuries. Bill adds veterans with a service-connected disability to persons eligible for the program. Potential fiscal impact.
SB 572 Directs Department of Veterans' Affairs to establish employment bridge program for veterans seeking to obtain certain professional and occupational licenses. Notes: Requires ODVA to set up an employment bridge program for veterans for veterans for paramedic, commercial drivers license, and for pub lic safety employee training. Potential fiscal impact.
SB 676 Requires organization that has related apprenticeship program to give credit toward apprenticeship for qualifying individuals who obtained experience in plumbing, pipefitting, steamfitting or heating ventilation air conditioning while in active duty in the armed forces.
SB 853 Directs Department of Veterans' Affairs to conduct statewide study regarding veteran-owned small businesses no later than July 1, 2018.
  
HEALTHCARE & MENTAL HEALTH
 
Measure Summary and Notes
HB 2082 Extends sunset for tax credit for rural medical care. Notes: Continues an existing tax credit for physicians who provide care at Veterans Homes through 2023. (See also SB 178 with identical language). BILL SPONSOR: House Revenue Interim Committee. Potential revenue impact.
HB 2233 Directs Department of Veterans' Affairs and county veterans' service officers to provide aid and assistance to Korean Vietnam War veterans to obtain health care coverage and services and, upon determination that veteran is not eligible for health care coverage and services under federal and state laws, to implement program to provide such coverage and services. Notes: Directs ODVA and CVSOs to assist Koreans, who supported the U.S. troops during the Vietnam War and are now Oregonians and U.S. citizens, to obtain health care. (Same language as 2015 HB 2793 sponsored by Rep. Parrish). BILL SPONSOR: House Veterans Interim Committee. Potential fiscal impact.
HJM 6 Urges Congress to change funding of veterans' health care from discretionary entitlement to permanent and direct entitlement.
SB 48 Directs Oregon Health Authority and certain professional regulatory boards to adopt rules requiring professionals to complete continuing education related to suicide risk assessment, treatment and management.
SB 81 Directs Director of Veterans' Affairs to provide statewide expertise, advocacy, coordination and assistance to veterans to assist veterans in navigating federal, state and local health care and mental health care systems for purpose of obtaining health care and mental health care. Notes: This is an ODVA bill. Directs ODVA to provide expertise and advocacy for veterans in navigating health care and mental health care systems. No fiscal impact.
SB 129 Establishes Task Force on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Oregon. Notes: Creates a task force on veterans with PTSD.
SB 130 Waives fees for obtaining medical marijuana card for veterans who have total disability rating of at least 50 percent as result of injury or illness incurred or aggravated during active military service, and who received discharge or release under other than dishonorable conditions. Notes: Veterans currently charged $20 for issue or renewal of medical marijuana card. Bill waives fee for service-connected disabled veterans with 50% or more disability. Unknown fiscal impact.
SB 178 Extends sunset for tax credit for rural medical care. Notes: Continues an existing tax credit for physicians who provide care at Veterans Homes through 2023. (See also HB 2092 with identical language). BILL SPONSOR: House Revenue Interim Committee. Potential revenue impact.
SB 832 Directs Department of Veterans' Affairs, in collaboration with Office of Rural Health, to establish program to provide grants to qualified nonprofit organizations to provide services to veterans and veterans' families in rural areas of this state.
  
HOME LOANS
 
Measure Summary and Notes
SB 79 Permits Department of Veterans' Affairs, in seeking judicial or nonjudicial foreclosure on residential trust deed, to file affidavit that states that department is exempt from requirement to request or participate in resolution conference. Notes: This is an ODVA bill. Technical amendment to reflect change in law in 2015. Allows ODVA to file affidavit stating ODVA is exempt from foreclosure mediation requirements. No fiscal impact.
HB 2847 Directs Department of Veterans' Affairs to develop program under which department, pursuant to contract with financial institution, provides loan guarantees or credit guarantees for qualified veterans for purpose of refinancing existing purchase-money mortgages or similar mortgages of homes used primarily as principal residence by veterans.
SB 5505 Establishes amounts authorized for issuance of general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, certificates of participation and other financing agreements for biennium. Notes: Provides for general obligation bonds used by ODVA to fund home loans for veterans.
  
HONOR & MEMORIALS
 
Measure Summary and Notes
HB 2100 Provides that portions of Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 shall be known as Oregon Medal of Honor Highway. Notes: Creates memorial signs for 26 Medal of Honor recipients on I-5 and I-205. No fiscal impact: state may not use public funds for installation or maintenance.
HB 2405 Authorizes State Parks and Recreation Director to adopt rules to establish standards used when department disburses moneys to tribal governments under state or federal programs and to make state funding assistance available to tribal governments for constructing and restoring memorials honoring veterans and war memorials on public property. Notes: Requires State Parks to establish standards for disbursing funds to tribal governments for constructing or restoring memorials to veterans on state property. Unknown fiscal impact.
HB 2880 For purposes of determining which public buildings must comply with existing requirement to display Oregon State flag and National League of Families' POW/MIA flag, expands definition of "public building" to include all other county, municipal, school district and special district buildings upon which or near which it is customary and suitable to display United States flag.
HB 3207 Provides that portion of Interstate 5 shall be known as Atomic Veterans Memorial Highway.
HCR 1 Designates certain cities as "Medal of Honor" communities or cities. Notes: Designates Agness, Bend, Corvallis, Eugene, Hood River, Jordan Valley, Medford, Richland, Portland, Salem and The Dalles as "Medal of Honor" communities or cities. No fiscal impact.
HCR 3 Recognizes and honors Private James Herbert Rowden (1944-1966) and Private First Class John Wayne Rowden (1946-1968) for their service to their country. Notes: Honors Rowden brothers from Jackson County for their service to their country. BILL SPONSOR: House Interim Committee on Veterans. No fiscal impact.
HCR 6 Recognizes and honors Lance Corporal Dale G. Peterson (1986-2007) for his service to his country. Notes: Honors Peterson from Bend for his service to his country. No fiscal impact.
HCR 7 Recognizes and honors Sergeant David W. Johnson-DeFord (1967-2004) for his service to his country. Notes: Honors Johnson-Deford from Colton for his service to his country. No fiscal impact.
HCR 9 Recognizes and honors Technician Fifth Grade Robert Dale Maxwell for his long and faithful service to his state and country. Notes: Honors Maxwell from Bend for his service to his country. No fiscal impact.
HCR 10 Commends Bend Heroes Foundation for its work in recognizing and honoring veterans. Notes: Honors Bend Heroes Foundation. No fiscal impact.
HCR 11 Recognizes and honors Sergeant Ronald W. Burkhart (1949-1968) for his service to his country. Notes: Honors Burkhart from Albany for his service to his country. No fiscal impact.
HCR 22 Recognizes and honors Corporal Robert "Bobby" Leon Jones (1983-2006) for his service to his country.
SB 320 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Oregon Military Department for Oregon Military Museum. Notes: Appropriates $3.5 million from Oregon Military Dept. for Military Museum. Potential fiscal impact.
SB 573 Encourages Oregonians to honor and remember those who have given their lives in military service in war at noon on 21st day of each month. Notes: Oregonians shall be encouraged and allowed to pause for 21 seconds' duration at noon on the 21st day of each month in honor and remembrance of all those who have given their lives in military service in war. Unknown fiscal impact.
SB 993 Designates August 7 of each year as Oregon Purple Heart Recognition Day.
SCR 19 Recognizes and honors _________ for service to our country.
SCR 20 Recognizes and honors Sergeant Brennan C. Gibson (1979-2006) for his service to his country.
SCR 24 Commends Bend Heroes Foundation for its work in recognizing and honoring veterans and first responders.
   
RECREATION
 
Measure Summary and Notes
SB 116 Requires State Forester to make any recreational opportunities in state forests free for disabled veterans and persons on leave from military active duty on certain holidays. Notes: Currently, under ORS 390.124(2), State Parks allow day use free of charge "Upon the showing of proper identification, by either a disabled veteran or a person on leave from military active duty status on Memorial Day, Independence Day or Veterans Day." The bill is to provide that the State Forester allow day use free of charge of state forests to allow free use of state land to disabled veteran or a person on leave from military active duty status on Memorial Day, Independence Day or Veterans Day. Unknown fiscal impact.
SB 380 Requires State Parks and Recreation Commission to allow disabled veterans to make reservations for use of state park areas one month prior to reservation system being made available to general public. Notes: Requires State Parks to allow disabled veterans to make state park reservations one month prior to reservation made by the general public. Unknown fiscal impact.
SB 705 Makes resident uniformed services hunting license free.
   
TAXES
 
Measure Summary and Notes
HB 2234 Creates subtraction from federal taxable income for benefits paid to surviving spouse or dependent child of service member. Notes: Provides surviving spouse or dependent child of a retired military veteran, who enrolled in a survivor benefit plan during active service, with a subtraction from the amount of federal taxable income stated on Oregon tax return based on amount of benefit paid under such plan. BILL SPONSOR: House Veterans Interim Committee. Potential revenue impact.
HB 2235 Authorizes county to grant exemption from ad valorem property taxation for property of eligible veteran or surviving spouse remaining unmarried of eligible veteran in any amount of assessed value up to 100 percent or based on more generous eligibility standards. Notes: Allows a county to provide a property tax exemption that is greater than current minimum statutory exemption for veterans, unmarried surviving spouses of veterans and disabled veterans. BILL SPONSOR: House Veterans Interim Committee. Potential revenue impact.
SB 562 Authorizes county to exempt up to $250,000 of assessed value of each homestead owned and occupied by surviving spouse of person in active military service killed in line of duty from ad valorem property taxes imposed by all taxing jurisdictions. Notes: Authorizes county to exempt up to $250,000 of assessed value of each homestead owned and occupied by surviving spouse of person in active military service killed in line of duty from ad valorem property taxes imposed by all taxing jurisdictions. Not a statewide mandate. Potential revenue impact.
SB 694 Grants higher property tax exemption for property of veterans with disabilities.
   
TRANSPORTATION
 
Measure Summary and Notes
HB 2149 Provides for one-time, decreased vehicle registration fee for former prisoners of war. Notes: Provides for a one-time, decreased vehicle registration fee of $15 for former prisoners of war. Potential fiscal impact.
SB 480 Directs Department of Transportation to establish Support Our Troops registration plate program for issuance of special registration plate. Notes: Requires DMV to establish Support Our Troops license plate. Some funds from sale go to ODVA for Veterans' Homes. Potential fiscal impact.
SB 796 Directs Department of Transportation to issue Oregon Wounded Warrior parking permits to qualified applicants.
SB 991 Directs Department of Transportation to issue Oregon Wounded Warrior parking permits to qualified applicants.
    
MISCELLANEOUS
 
Measure Summary and Notes
HB 2891 Directs Department of Veterans' Affairs to submit report to interim legislative committees, no later than July 1, 2018, regarding delivery of veterans' services.
HB 2908 Creates position of Veteran Volunteer Coordinator in Department of Veterans' Affairs and specifies responsibilities.
HB 2930 Requires Department of Human Services and law enforcement agency to make efforts to determine military status of parents or guardians of child who is subject of report of child abuse.
HB 3132 Establishes Veterans' Services Fund pursuant to constitutional amendment approved in Ballot Measure 96 (2016).
SB 200 Allows member of Public Employees Retirement System to purchase retirement credit for periods of service in uniformed services. Notes: Currently members of the Armed Forces may purchase retirement credit for periods of service. Bill expands to members of "uniformed services" including National Guard, Public Health and NOAA. BILL SPONSOR: Senate Interim Committee on Education. Unknown fiscal impact.
SB 670 Reduces required age for concealed handgun license applicant to 18 years of age if applicant is servicemember.
SB 681 Exempts federal and state military personnel from laws establishing crime of unlawful possession of firearm when engaged in official functions on military property.
SB 683 Requires state to pay for ballot return envelopes that can be returned by business reply mail for each election held in this state.
SB 851 Directs Oregon Military Department to submit report to interim legislative committees, no later than July 1, 2018, regarding implementation of Oregon Code of Military Justice.
SB 852​ Directs Department of Veterans' Affairs to submit report to interim legislative committees, no later than July 1, 2018, regarding delivery of veterans' services.
   
BUDGET
 
Measure Summary and Notes
HB 5039 Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Department of Veterans' Affairs for certain biennial expenses. Notes: This is the ODVA budget bill based on the Governor's requested budget.
SB 5506 Limits for six-year period beginning July 1, 2017, payment of expenses from fees, moneys or other revenues, including Miscellaneous Receipts, but excluding lottery funds and federal funds, collected or received by various state agencies for capital construction. Notes: Bill provides for capital construction projects, such as the Veterans' Homes.
SB 5529 Maintains and reserves lottery revenues available to benefit public purposes during biennium beginning July 1, 2017, in Administrative Services Economic Development Fund. Notes: Budget bill for Lottery and the distribution of Lottery Funds.
   


How to Follow and Track Bills on the Oregon Legislative Information System (OLIS)

What Is OLIS

OLIS is the legislative information system created by the Oregon Legislature that is available to all members of the public.
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2017 Oregon House Committee on Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness

Regular Meeting Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:00 PM, Hearing Room E
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2017 Oregon Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness

Regular Meeting Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:00 PM, Hearing Room B
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2017 Joint Committee on Ways and Means - Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development

(This committee deals with ODVA budget bills and policy bills with a fiscal impact.)
Regular Meeting Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 1:00 PM, Hearing Room F
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