▶️ Drug crisis, housing top Oregon Democrat, Republican agendas for 2024

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Democrats and Republicans in the Oregon Senate outlined their priorities for the shortened 2024 legislative session.

Sen. Tim Knopp of Bend laid out the Republican priorities in a release, highlighted by Measure 110, housing and making sure Oregonians continue to receive the kicker tax credit.

“Decades of one-party Democrat control has created a severe housing shortage, increased costs for families, and made it extremely difficult for businesses to thrive in Oregon. Meanwhile, homelessness, drug addiction, and violent crime have eroded the fabric of our communities – especially since the passage of Measure 110,” Knopp, the Senate Minority Leader, said in a statement. “Senate Republicans’ agenda focuses on course correcting the Legislature’s response to Oregon’s growing problems by abandoning failed policies of decades past and embracing bold solutions that will put Oregon on a path to success.”

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Democrats are calling their agenda “Uniting Oregon,” with a focus on housing, the drug crisis and the economy.

“In 2024, Senate Democrats will work to turn Oregon’s shared problems into shared solutions and take action on the most urgent issues impacting all Oregonians. We will be focused on reducing homelessness, increasing affordable housing, improving public health and safety, and strengthening our schools and the economy. We invite everyone to work with us to make our shared goals a reality,” said Senate Majority Leader Kate Lieber in a statement

Here is a look at the priorities both parties presented.

Democrats Republicans

HOMELESSNESS RELIEF AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING

  • Helping unhoused Oregonians find stability and a path to a better life
  • Putting affordable housing within reach for Oregonians 

SAFE, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

  • Taking on the drug crisis
  • Cleaning up our streets
  • Reducing crime and supporting victims
  • Increasing access to mental health care and drug treatment
  • Preventing and responding to climate disasters

STRONG SCHOOLS, STRONG ECONOMY

  • Setting Oregon students up to succeed in the 21st Century
  • Ensuring schools are protecting the rights and safety of students
  • Supporting Oregon’s workforce, including our teachers and mental health workers
  • Lowering rising costs for hard-working Oregonians
  • Empowering Oregon entrepreneurs, innovators, and workers
  • Balancing the budget and maintaining funding for critical state services  
  • Keeping our government accountable, stable, and transparent

Boosting Housing Production

The severe housing shortage that exists in Oregon today was created overtime by status-quo liberal policies that have handcuffed cities, overregulated builders, and stifled development. Senate Republicans are proposing commonsense reforms which will free up land to invest in housing of all types in all communities, not just Portland.

Priority Legislation: SB 1564

Addressing Drug Addiction, Homelessness, and Crime

Drug addiction, homelessness, and crime have soared in recent years – especially since Measure 110. Communities have suffered and lives have been lost. Senate Republicans are introducing several key bills aimed at getting these issues under control and saving lives. Some policies focus on treatment for drug addiction, and others support victims of child abuse.

While special interest activists and far-left Democrats defend the Measure 110 disaster, most Oregonians say it’s time for drastic change. The Legislature must course correct and create a better policy that puts people on a path to recovery. Senate Republicans believe Measure 110 reform must recriminalize drug possession to a Class A Misdemeanor, giving law enforcement what they need to provide accountability that will require treatment for addiction as a diversion from jail. Reform must also ban public use of hard drugs, enhance penalties for drug dealers, fund specialty drug courts, and allow counties – not OHA – to address needs at a local level.

Priority Legislation: SB 1555, SB 1588, SB 1579

Defending the Kicker, Growing the Economy, Lowering Costs

Oregon is an amazing place to call home, but it comes with a high price tag. Inflation coupled with high taxes, fees, and burdensome regulations pushed by Democrat lawmakers has made Oregon so expensive to live, operate a business, and raise a family that people are fleeing in huge numbers. Senate Republicans will push for lower taxes for small businesses, financial relief for wildfire victims, income tax exemptions for veterans, and property tax exemptions for seniors, while fighting Democrat attempts to raise taxes and take the Kicker from working Oregonians.

Priority Legislation: SB 1542, SB 1549, SB 1520, SJR 202, SB 1543

Protecting Constitutional Rights Threatened by Democrats

Senate Republicans place great importance on protecting the constitutional rights of Oregonians whether it be the 2nd Amendment or the Kicker. This will remain a focus throughout the entire Session as tyranny of the majority is often an inevitable reality in the Democrat-controlled Legislature.

 

 

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