Government Affairs Council Updates

The following articles are a sampling of the many updates that Chamber members receive on a regular basis about the Public Policy and Legislative happenings in our state.  To be in the know, to have information at your fingertips to make your voice timely and powerful, you need to join the McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce.  We work hard to Activate and Educate our members on Public Policy.

  • House Bill 2875 – Imposes excise tax on coffee beans and ground coffee

    House Bill 2875 – Imposes excise tax on coffee beans and ground coffee. We learned on Friday, February 10th, that there is a bill in the House of Representatives that would impose a tax on coffee, specifically coffee beans and ground coffee used to make “specialty coffee beverages”. These include any beverage made with espresso prepared […]

  • Provide Feedback on Legislative Framework Budget

    OSCC (Oregon State Chamber of Commerce – Advocacy Update Provide Feedback on Legislative Framework Budget  Members and Colleagues – As you know from our discussions about the Governor’s and Legislative Framework budgets, Oregon’s legislature is required by law to adopt a balanced two year budget. It is no easy feat and requires difficult trade-offs between competing […]

  • Oregon’s Senate Republicans call for bipartisanship in letter to Democratic lawmakers

    Oregon State Senator Ted Ferrioli represents District 30. Here he speaks with members of the editorial board of The Oregonian/OregonLive, Feb. 3, 2017. Mike Zacchino/Staff (Mike Zacchino) By Gordon R. Friedman | The Oregonian/OregonLive Follow on Twitter on February 06, 2017 at 6:24 PM, updated February 06, 2017 at 8:49 PM SALEM — A group […]

  • 2017 Regular Session – House Bill 2230

    HB 2230 – Imposes 0.7 percent commercial activity tax, applicable to all persons other than excluded persons, to be measured by gross receipts. Allows for exclusion amount of $1 million per year of gross receipts that is not subject to tax. Defines excluded persons exempt from tax. Enacts administrative provisions for commercial activity tax. Repeals […]

  • 2017 Regular Session – House Bill 2053

    HB 2053 – Provides for expedited review by Supreme Court of challenge by adversely affected party asserting that bill passed by the Legislative Assembly with votes of less than three-fifths of members of each chamber of Legislative Assembly is bill for raising revenue. Read more about: HB 2053

  • Legislative Leaders, Governor Lay Out Session Priorities

    SALEM — Oregon’s legislative leaders say they have a difficult session ahead of them. With the games due to begin Feb. 1., balancing the state’s budget is top of mind. Health care costs, education programs and rising state employee costs all mean that the state has nearly $1.8 billion less than it needs to maintain […]

  • Plastic Bag Ban Information

    (Update: 1.27.2017) The McMinnville City Council heard testimony at this past Tuesday’s (1.24.17) meeting regarding the proposed ordinance to ban single-use plastic bags. Members of the community presented their views, for and against the ban, to the Council. City Council members discussed questions and concerns regarding the ban. After hearing the testimonies of over 15 […]

  • Rep. Post to Hold Joint Town Hall with Rep. Ron Noble in Newberg Regarding the Newberg-Dundee Bypass and Transportation Budget

    SALEM – Representative Bill Post (R-Keizer) will hold a joint town hall with Representative Ron Noble (R-Yamhill), Representative Andy Olson (R-Albany) and ODOT staff members. The topic of the town hall will be the Newberg-Dundee Bypass and the transportation budget going into the Legislative Session starting February 1st . Members of the public and media […]

  • BOLI Makes Critical Change to Interpretation of Manufacturing Overtime Law

    (1.11.17 update from Cascade Employers Council) In Oregon, mills, factories, and manufacturing employers must calculate weekly overtime for employees working more than 40 hours per week, as well as daily overtime for employees working more than 10 hours per day.  BOLI has long interpreted this rule to require employers to pay only the greater of […]

  • Wrap Up and Look Ahead

    I’ve been holding off on this post for a few days because more information keeps coming at me and I want to make these as precise as possible.  But to wait any more would make this email even longer than it will be.  So here we go… in the words of rock climbers “On Belay?  Belay […]