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2019 Legislative Priorities

 

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New LIFT Allocation (HB 5005): HB 5005 had its first hearing on April 12 in the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Capital Construction. Special thanks to Karen Rockwell of Benton Habitat and Erika Kennel of Habitat Portland/Metro East who provided LIFT for Homeownership support testimony on March 25 during the Oregon Housing and Community Services budget hearing, before the Joint Ways & Means committee.

 

Oregon MID Reform (HB 3349): On March 25, the House Committee on Human Services and Housing voted 5-3 to send this bill to House Revenue with a Do Pass recommendation. HB 3349 had a very strong hearing in House Revenue on April 25. Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, who has worked tirelessly to promote MID reform, was featured debating with Rep. Jack Zika about HB 3349 on OPB radio’s Think Out Loud: https://www.opb.org/radio/programs/thinkoutloud/segment/mortgage-tax-deduction-womens-basketball-school-boards/

 

Healthy Homes (HB 2802): On March 25, this bill moved unanimously to Joint Ways and Means with a Do Pass recommendation. Beginning the week of May 13, we’re asking everyone to contact your representative and senator to let them know how much this bill means to you.

 

Increase the Oregon IDA (SB 790/HB 3133): Special thanks to Habitat of the Mid-Willamette Valley Homeowner John Goetz who testified in support of the IDA increase on March 14 before the Senate Housing Committee. SB 790 passed unanimously with a Do Pass recommendation to the Tax Expenditures committee by prior referral. Neighborhood Partnerships is hosting an IDA Advocacy Day on May 22. Sign up to join Neighborhood Partnerships in Salem on IDA Day »

 

Receivership Technical Fix (HB 2285): The 2285 A engrossed version clarifies that probate proceedings take precedence. This bill passed the House Floor with 57 Yes votes, 2 No votes and 1 abstention. The Senate Judiciary Committee heard this bill on May 2. Special thanks to Habitat Oregon Board Member Randy Franke and Alison McIntosh of the Oregon Housing Alliance for a successful hearing.

 

Addressing Missing Middle Housing (HB 2001): On April 8, this bill was voted unanimously out of the House Committee on Human Services and Housing as Do Pass with amendments and referred to Joint Ways and Means by prior reference.

 

Increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit (HB 3028): On April 1, HB 3028 unanimously passed out of the House Committee on Human Services and Housing with a Do Pass recommendation to Revenue by prior referral. HB 3028 had a brief hearing in May 6 in House Revenue.

 

Renters’ Protections (SB 608): Gov. Brown signed this bill into law on Feb. 28.