SALEM —The Legislature took a rare breather Friday, with neither the House nor Senate in session. The weekend offered a chance to get a snapshot of what’s happening with bills important to Central Oregon, bills championed by local legislators, or just interesting legislation lost amid the recent rapid-fire voting.

The torrid pace of lawmaking resumes Monday, with time running out on the 2019 session. Legislative leaders want to wrap up by June 21, but are allowed to remain in session until June 30 under the constitution.

Some bills of interest and where they stand:

Bills passed by the Legislature

Freeze on marijuana production licenses

What: Senate Bill 218

Where: Governor’s office — awaiting signature

The state could halt marijuana production licenses for two years under a bill to control the glut of cannabis in Oregon.

The legislation is a reaction to state reports of a massive oversupply of legal recreational marijuana. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which issues the licenses, reported earlier this year that the state has enough marijuana to meet demand in Oregon for over six years. The surplus has caused prices to drop for legal retailers. Law enforcement agencies worry the excess marijuana will be diverted to the illegal black market, including shipments to other states. The law directs OLCC to process applications received prior to June 15, 2018. OLCC would issue an annual report on the effectiveness of the freeze and its impact on the state economy. The law would sunset — be automatically removed — on Jan. 2, 2022.

Ban on harassment hush money

What: Senate Bill 976

Where: Governor’s office — awaiting signature

Sen. Tim Knopp, R-Bend, co-authored what’s called The Workplace Fairness Act. It would bar employers from entering into an agreement that would prevent an employee from disclosing or discussing conduct that constitutes unlawful discrimination, including sexual assault.

Year-round daylight saving time

What: Senate Bill 320

Where: Governor’s office — awaiting signature

The House last week approved this bill to keep the state on daylight saving time. Under the plan, clocks would remain where they are currently, year-round. Residents would not “fall back” an hour in autumn to switch to standard time. Gov. Kate Brown has said she will sign the bill. Congress would still have to approve the change. Senate Joint Memorial 6, also approved by the House last week, urges Congress to take action. Oregon is now part of the nationwide “Ditch The Switch,” an effort whose diverse supporters include Democrats such as Brown and Oregon’s U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, along with Republicans who include President Donald Trump and Florida’s U.S. Sen. Marco ­Rubio. Washington state has approved similar legislation. California voters last year approved an advisory ballot measure calling on state lawmakers to seek the same change. Even with congressional action, a change wouldn’t occur soon enough to stop the switch this autumn to standard time.

Excused school absences for mental health

What: House Bill 2191

Where: Governor’s office — awaiting signature

The bill would require schools to include mental or behavioral health issues among accepted reasons for “sickness of pupil” when allowing excused absences. The bill, carried by Rep. Cheri Helt, R-Bend, in the House, prohibits school grading policies that reduce grades or deny credit based on excused absences for mental and behavioral health issues. It passed both chambers by wide margins. Brown is expected to sign it into law.

Bills in the Legislature

Outdoor recreation industry support

What: House Bill 3251

Where: Joint Committee on Ways and Means

Bend’s outdoor recreation industry has been actively backing this bill designed to support the growth of outdoor product companies in the early stages of their development.

Under the bill, the Oregon Business Development Department would provide matching grants to be distributed by groups such as Bend-based Oregon Outdoor Alliance and Bend Outdoor Worx to promising startups. Co-sponsors of the bill include Knopp, Helt, and Rep. Jack Zika, R-Redmond. The bill won unanimous approval on April 3 from the House Committee on Economic Development. It was sent to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means for an analysis of its impact on the state budget. No action is currently scheduled. The Outdoor Industry Association has reported that outdoor recreation in Oregon is responsible for 172,000 jobs, $5.1 billion in wages and salaries, $16.4 billion in consumer spending and $749 million in state and local tax revenue.

Funds for Oregon State University-Cascades development

What: House Bill 5005

Where: Subcommittee on Capital Construction of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means

The budget for building and renovation at state universities will be one of the last items to come up for a vote before the Legislature adjourns. Brown’s two-year budget proposal included no money for construction at OSU-Cascades in 2019. However, Brown asked the Legislature to set aside $225 million in bonds for projects to be selected in 2020. The governor said earlier this year that as much as $100 million more could be available. OSU-Cascades has requested $17 million for a Student Success Center building and $19.4 million to prepare land for future campus expansion. The projects are currently ranked 10th and 14th, respectively, out of 14 university requests. If the Legislature approves a lower amount than Brown’s request, OSU-Cascades supporters worry the Bend campus projects might have to wait until the 2021 session of the Legislature for funding. Brown said Tuesday that the final budget is still in flux. “There is agreement there should be resources set aside for capital construction for 2020,” Brown said. “I suspect the Legislature is not committed to an amount.”

Selling Oregon marijuana outside the state

What: Senate Bill 582

Where: House floor

A House vote is scheduled Tuesday on legislation to allow the governor to seek agreements with other states where marijuana is legal to allow sales and delivery across borders. It’s passed the Senate and received a “do pass” recommendation from the House Committee on Rules last week. Brown is expected to sign the bill, but has said its provisions cannot be achieved until federal law is changed to allow interstate commerce in cannabis. Supporters say having the law on the books will give Oregon a jump on exporting marijuana if and when Congress changes the law.

Multiunit housing zoning requirement

What: House Bill 2001

Where: Joint Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Economic Development

Cities with a population greater than 10,000 would be required to allow duplexes in land zoned for single-­family dwellings within its u­rban growth boundary. That would include Bend and Redmond. The bill authored by House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, had its first hearing back on Feb. 11. After a long hiatus, it’s now scheduled for a hearing and possible vote on June 11 in the Subcommittee on Economic Development of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means. The bill would still need to win approval of the full committee before going to the House floor.

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