In many ways, the state of Oregon is at a crossroads: amid the unprecedented and traumatic crises of COVID-19, wildfires, and white supremacy, our state can choose between the status quo or a bold path forward towards a healthy and livable future. We cannot afford to go “back to normal” when “normal” wasn’t working for far too many people. Instead, our lawmakers have the opportunity to lay a foundation for a world where everyone is treated fairly, lives in a healthy home, and has a bright future.
Oregon PSR is hard at work under challenging circumstances to push for a bold state legislative agenda in 2021. We are excited to be focusing on the emerging Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity campaign to advance environmental justice, chart a course towards 100% clean electricity, and provide energy relief for families who need it most. We are working to address the public health crisis of mass incarceration, stop ill-advised nuclear power exemption bills, and advance progress on gun violence prevention, police accountability, and racial justice.
Below is our list of bills that we support, oppose, or are considering in the 2021 Oregon Legislative Session. This list is subject to change - please check this page for the most up-to-date information. Contact our registered lobbyist, Damon Motz-Storey, for more information.
Oregon PSR’s 2021 State Legislative Agenda
Bills we support:
- The Oregon Clean Energy Opportunity Campaign
- House Bill 2495 - the 2021 Toxic-Free Kids Act (click here to read our testimony in support)
House Bill 2337 - Declaring Racism as a Public Health Crisis
- You can read more and sign on as an individual endorser
Legislative Concept 3412 (bill number to come): Improving usability and transparency of early compassionate medical release for incarcerated individuals in Oregon’s prisons
- View our recent mass incarceration and public health webinar to learn more about this subject
- Senate Bill 571 & House Bill 2366 - voting rights for adults in prison custody
- House Bill 2912 - Renewing funding for re-entry-focused legal services to people incarcerated in Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (Oregon's only women's prison)
- Senate Bill 583 - Banning new or expanded mega-dairies
- House Bill 2931 - Police Accountability: Requires person who arrests another person to ensure that the arrested person receives medical assessment
- House Bill 2932 - Police Accountability: Creates a new, required use-of-force database to track incidents of police brutality
- House Bill 2543 - Gun Violence Prevention: Close the Charleston Loophole
- House Bill 2510 - Gun Violence Prevention: Safe Storage (with amendments to strengthen)
- Senate Bill 604 - Gun Violence Prevention: Permit and Training Required to Purchase a Firearm
- Senate Bill 554 - Gun Violence Prevention: Schools, Portland airport, public buildings allowed to prohibit guns
- Senate Bill 396 - Gun Violence Prevention: Ban Undetectable and/or Untraceable Firearms (such as guns made by 3D printing)
(visit our colleagues at Ceasefire Oregon for an excellent summary of all bills related to gun violence prevention):
Bills we oppose:
- Senate Bill 360 - Exempting small modular nuclear reactors from Oregon's current ban on nuclear power generation
- House Bill 2332 - Repeals requirement for Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council to find a viable permanent storage site for nuclear waste before being able to consider siting a nuclear power facility in Oregon
- House Bill 2692 - Exempts small modular nuclear reactors from Oregon's current requirement for them to be approved by voters before receiving a site certificate from the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council.