Spring 2018 Legislative Updates

HB 4089B

Gives hemp research program currently operated by State Department of Agriculture name of Oregon Industrial Hemp Agricultural Pilot Program.

No Position | Priority 0 | Date Input: 1/29/18

Position Priority Date Input Bill Info No Position 0 1/29/18 Summary: Gives hemp research program currently operated by State Department of Agriculture name of Oregon Industrial Hemp Agricultural Pilot Program. Authorizes actions by department to carry out program. Specifies that agricultural hemp seed is agricultural seed or flower seed for purposes of statutes regulating labeling, testing, certifying or other aspects of seeds. Directs Director of Agriculture and Dean of College of Agricultural Sciences of Oregon State University to establish program for labeling and certification of agricultural hemp seed. Provides that accredited independent testing laboratory that has been approved by Oregon Health Authority or department may test industrial hemp and industrial hemp commodities and products produced or processed by grower, handler or agricultural hemp seed producer. Requires that industrial hemp intended for human consumption be entered into tracking system prior to laboratory testing and through delivery to licensed premises. Modifies other provisions related to regulation of industrial hemp. Authorizes Oregon Liquor Control Commission actions regarding industrial hemp to enforce and ensure compliance with marijuana laws and provisions of industrial hemp laws that incorporate requirements, restrictions or other provisions of marijuana laws. Prohibits sale of industrial hemp containing more than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol to consumer by person other than licensed retailer. Changes description of limit on production and storage of homegrown cannabis plants. Prohibits production, processing or storage of homemade industrial hemp extracts. Allows department to adopt rule establishing higher average tetrahydrocannabinol concentration limit for industrial hemp if higher average concentration limit is established by federal law. Revises language regarding grower retention of agricultural hemp seed for producing industrial hemp. Establishes Industrial Hemp Fund. Appropriates fund moneys to department for purposes of implementing, administering and enforcing industrial hemp statutes. Directs certain moneys to fund. Declares emergency, effective on passage.

Status: Awaiting Governor’s Signature

3/8/2018 – Senate President Signed

 

HB4091

Establishes Oregon Cash Depository Corporation as independent public corporation and prescribes corporation’s purposes and powers.

No Position | Priority 0 | Date Input: 2/19/18

Establishes Oregon Cash Depository Corporation as independent public corporation and prescribes corporation’s purposes and powers. Directs corporation to lease or acquire real property and construct or renovate offices, facilities and business locations throughout state at which corporation receives, handles, stores and dispenses cash and other valuable property. Establishes Oregon Cash Depository Corporation Fund in State Treasury and requires corporation to deposit all moneys corporation receives into fund. Permits corporation to invest moneys in fund and fraction of corporation’s deposits in accordance with provisions of Act. Subjects corporation to annual audit by Secretary of State and requires corporation to respond to recommendations in audit report. Requires study of corporation’s operations every four years and report to Legislative Assembly. Requires Attorney General to defend corporation and directors, officers and employees of corporation against claim or charge brought for actions in performing duties of corporation. Becomes operative January 1, 2019. Declares emergency, effective on passage.

Status: 

3/3/2018 – In House Committee upon adjournment

 

HB 4110

Allows Oregon Liquor Control Commission to issue temporary special events license to qualified marijuana processor, producer, retailer or wholesaler.

No Position | Priority 0 | Date Input: 1/29/18

Allows Oregon Liquor Control Commission to issue temporary special events license to qualified marijuana processor, producer, retailer or wholesaler. Directs commission to adopt rules related to special events and special events licenses. Allows special events license holder to offer free samples of marijuana items at special events. Requires that industrial hemp commodities and products sold by marijuana retailer be displayed separately from marijuana items and carry specified label. Declares emergency, effective on passage.

Status: 

3/3/2018 – In House Committee upon adjournment

 

SB 1526A

Prohibits court from considering parent’s disability in determining whether to terminate parental rights

No Position | Priority 0 | Date Input: 1/29/18

Prohibits court from considering parent’s disability in determining whether to terminate parental rights absent finding that behaviors or limitations related to parent’s disability will endanger health, safety or welfare of child or ward even when accommodations or support services are in place] unless parent’s conduct related to disability is of such nature and duration as to render parent incapable of providing proper care to child or ward for extended periods of time. Declares emergency, effective on passage.

Status: 

4/3/2018 – Governor Signed

 

SB 1538B

Eliminates probationary driver permits.

No Position | Priority 0 | Date Input: 1/29/18

Eliminates probationary driver permits. Standardizes requirements for hardship permits. Eliminates certain driving privilege suspensions. Expands list of persons granted driving privileges in this state to include members of commissioned corps of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and members’ spouses under certain conditions.

Status: 

4/3/2018 – Governor Signed

 

SB 1544B

Allows local government to disclose payment distribution amounts made pursuant to agreement to collect taxes imposed on sale of marijuana items. 

No Position | Priority 0 | Date Input: 1/29/18

Allows local government to disclose payment distribution amounts made pursuant to agreement to collect taxes imposed on sale of marijuana items. Enables person responsible for marijuana grow site, registry identification cardholder or designated primary caregiver to obtain immature marijuana plants from recreational marijuana producers. Exempts certain processing of marijuana for medical purposes from testing requirements. Clarifies information that application for marijuana grow site registration must include. Limits number of immature marijuana plants that are less than 24 inches in height allowed at marijuana grow sites to number established by Oregon Health Authority by rule. Exempts certain medical marijuana grow sites from tracking requirements. Changes reporting date for Oregon Cannabis Commission. Allows certain marijuana establishments to be located within 1,000 feet of school. Requires industrial hemp item sold by marijuana retailer to carry label identifying whether product is derived from hemp or marijuana. Prohibits anyone other than marijuana retailer from selling marijuana item to consumer. Establishes Illegal Marijuana Market Enforcement Grant Program to assist local governments with costs incurred by local law enforcement agencies in addressing unlawful marijuana cultivation or distribution operations. Sunsets program on January 2, 2024. Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.

Status: Awaiting Governor’s Signature

3/6/2018 – Senate President Signed

 

SB 1555A

Modifies purposes for which certain percentage of moneys in Oregon Marijuana Account may be used. 

No Position | Priority 0 | Date Input: 1/29/18

Applies to moneys transferred to account after effective date of Act, and before July 1, 2019. Declares emergency, effective on passage.
Status: 

4/3/2018 – Governor Signed

 

SB 1566B

Relating to employer contributions to the Public Employees Retirement System; and prescribing an effective date.

No Position | Priority 0 | Date Input: 1/29/18

Establishes Employer Incentive Fund. Appropriates moneys in fund to Public Employees Retirement Board for purpose of matching portions of certain lump sum payments of employer contributions to Public Employees Retirement System. Allows participating public employer that makes certain lump sum payment of employer contributions to system in amount equal to or greater than $10 million to choose amortization period for use of lump sum payment to offset employer contributions otherwise owed. Directs transfer of certain proceeds from debt collection, capital gains tax, estate tax, marijuana tax, wine, cider and malt beverage privilege tax and lawsuit settlements to Public Employees Retirement Fund to be credited to side account for school districts.] Directs transfer of certain proceeds from lottery revenues to Public Employees Retirement Fund to be credited to side accounts for school districts, community colleges and public universities.] Provides that Department of State Lands shall transfer from Common School Fund Account all or part of interest earned from certain unclaimed property to Public Employees Retirement Fund to be credited to side account for school districts.] Establishes School Districts Unfunded Liability Fund. Appropriates moneys in fund to Public Employees Retirement Board for purpose of establishing and funding pooled account to be applied against liabilities of participating public employers that are school districts. Directs transfer of certain proceeds from debt collection, capital gains tax and estate tax and all or part of interest from certain unclaimed property to fund. Directs Public Employees Retirement Board to establish Unfunded Actuarial Liability Resolution Program to assist participating public employers in developing plans to improve funded status and manage employer contribution rate changes. Requires board to report to Joint Committee on Ways and Means during each regular session on status of funds and program. Directs State Treasurer to study feasibility and prudence of borrowing moneys in Oregon Short Term Fund to be redeployed into investments. Directs State Treasurer to report to Legislative Assembly on results of study no later than September 30, 2019. Directs Department of Revenue to distribute estimated amount of increased corporate tax revenue attributable to treatment of post-1986 deferred foreign income to Employer Incentive Fund and to School Districts Unfunded Liability Fund on or before July 1, 2021. Provides for direct review by Supreme Court. Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.

Status: Awaiting Governor’s Signature

3/6/2018 – Senate President Signed