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.

  • Oregon’s top budget writer endorses $500M in cuts, $500M in new taxes

    Oregon’s top budget writer endorses $500M in cuts, $500M in new taxes Source: The Oregonian – March 18, 2017 // By Anna Marum The Oregon Legislature’s senior budget writer said Friday he would like to see the state’s $1.6 billion funding gap filled equally with taxes on hospitals, cuts to services and other new taxes. The […]

  • Rep. Ron Noble and Senator Brian Boquist to Hold Joint Town Hall

    Rep. Ron Noble and Senator Brian Boquist to Hold Joint Town Hall Representative Ron Noble (R-McMinnville) will hold a joint town hall with Senator Brian Boquist (R-Dallas) on Thursday, April 6 at 6:00 p.m. at the McMinnville Civic Hall. Members of the public are cordially invited and encouraged to attend to provide lawmakers with input. […]

  • Rep. Post to Hold Legislative Update Town Hall in Keizer

    Rep. Post to Hold Legislative Update Town Hall in Keizer Representative Bill Post (R-Keizer) will host a town hall to update constituents on the first few weeks of the legislative session. The event will be held on Friday, March 31st at 7pm at the Keizer fire station (661 Chemawa Rd NE, Keizer, OR 97303). Representative […]

  • Representative Noble Introduces Amendment to Fully Fund Veterans’ Services

    Representative Noble Introduces Amendment to Fully Fund Veterans’ Services McMinnville lawmaker seeks to restore funding that was cut in Governor’s proposed budget Representative Ron Noble (R-McMinnville) this week introduced an amendment to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs budget that would establish the agency’s funding level at the rate Oregonians expected following the passage of Ballot […]

  • Legislators kick off bicameral focus on carbon caps

    Legislators kick off bicameral focus on carbon caps House and Senate committee chairs form climate change focused work group SALEM – The Chairs of the Oregon Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee and House of Representatives Energy and Environment Committee are planning to form a work group that will begin discussing concepts related to carbon […]

  • 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