Statewide Rent Control Bill Passes in the Oregon House

In Salem the democrat controlled house passed the nation’s first ever statewide rent control laws. The new law is meant to help protect renters by ending no-cause evictions and capping rent hikes.

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has reactions from Central Oregon’s state representatives.

Oregon Senate Passes Rent Control Bill

Oregon is facing a housing crisis and lawmakers are scrambling to try and find solutions. One bill that could help was approved by the Oregon State Senate on Tuesday. The bill enhances protections for tenants and prohibits landlords from implementing high rent increases. SB 608 is now heading to the Oregon State House where it is also expected to pass. If passed it would be the country’s first state-wide rent control measure.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on how the bill could affect tenants and landlords across the state.

Proposed Bill Could Bar Zoning for Single Family Homes

Today in Salem the House Committee on Human Services and Housing held its first hearing on HB-2001. The bill would allow for what is called “middle housing” on land currently zoned for single family homes. Middle housing is those housing types that fall between single family housing and large scale apartment complexes.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has more on the bill and what communities it could affect.

2019 Oregon Legislature Will Consider Law For Kaylee Sawyer

The law, named for Bend resident Kaylee Sawyer, who was killed by a Central Oregon Community College Security Guard, would put provisions on campus security guards to help restrict some of their power. The law, which has been put forward by Kaylee’s family, would require things like required background checks for security officers and clear distinction between campus security and law enforcement.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on how Kaylee’s family is stepping up to create positive change in her memory.

Election 2018: Oregonians Vote Down Most State Ballot Measures

Oregonians had no problem voting no during this year’s midterm election. All but one of the ballot measures on this month’s ballot failed.

The only measure that passed, Measure 102, gives local governments more flexibility when it comes to funding affordable housing projects.

Other than that Oregonians said no to…

  • Measure 103, which would’ve changed the state constitution to ban any tax on groceries despite there being no push for such a tax;
  • Measure 104, which would’ve changed the requirements for any bills that would raise state revenue;
  • Measure 105, which would’ve repealed Oregon’s long-standing sanctuary state status;
  • and Measure 106, which would’ve banned public funds for abortion.

House District 54 Candidate Admits Info in Voters’ Pamphlet is False

For the second time in a local race for an important seat in the Oregon house, a candidate is facing serious allegations. A republican political action committee, known as the Promote Oregon Leadership Pac, filed a formal complaint with the Oregon Secretary of State on Tuesday after a Bend-based candidate for Oregon House District 54 admitted to inadvertently making a false statement in the state’s voters’ pamphlet.

In a story first broken by the Bend Bulletin’s Gary Warner, the Working Families Party’s candidate, Amanda La Bell, admitted that a statement in the voters’ pamphlet, which indicates she graduated from Valdosta State University in Georgia, is not true.

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has more on the story.

Childcare Shortage

How New State Regulations Could Affect Local Providers

Parents looking for a licensed childcare facility are encountering wait lists that are months and sometimes years long.

Now, the state is considering changes to the regulation of the child care industry and Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at how those changes could affect the shortage of those licensed facilities in our region.

16 Oregon Sheriffs Endorse Repeal of State’s Sanctuary Law

Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson and 15 other sheriffs released a letter on Monday endorsing a ballot measure that would repeal the state’s sanctuary law. In the letter they stated that Oregon’s sanctuary status “undermines respect for law in significant ways”. They also suggest that the state’s sanctuary status interferes with the policing of immigrants who cause crimes.

However, nothing in Oregon’s sanctuary law prohibits police officers or sheriff’s deputies from enforcing the law or arresting suspects. The law only prohibits the use of state and local resources to enforce federal immigration law if a person’s only infraction is being in the country illegally.

The sheriffs who signed the letter make up nearly half of all the counties in the state, but those counties only contain 16 percent of Oregon’s population.

Sheriff Nelson says he supports ballot measure 105, which would repeal the sanctuary law, because he wants to get rid of the conflict between local and federal laws. However, even law enforcement in Deschutes County is split on the issue.

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said the state’s sanctuary status allows law enforcement to hold people who commit crimes accountable, while also protecting the civil rights of those immigrants who haven’t committed any crimes.