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OREGON NOW 2017 LEGISLATIVE ENDORSEMENTS
Oregon NOW is proud to endorse the following legislation for the 2017 Oregon Legislative session. As the session proceeds, we will concentrate our efforts on those issues that most closely align with our values, those that show viability and those that are most in need of our support. We will engage our members in advocacy work to ensure that the voices of women are heard in Salem! Oregon NOW’s top legislative priorities are listed in green.
PROMOTING ECONOMIC AND RACIAL JUSTICE
Paid Family & Medical Leave Insurance. This will allow individuals to care for new or sick family members without losing income, with particular emphasis on ensuring that the definition of family includes both blood and affinity. HB 2355 End Racial Profiling. This bill follows up on the law passed in 2015, providing a reporting and enforcement mechanism now. HB 2004 Just Cause Evictions. This bill would ensure that individuals would not be evicted from their rental property unless there was a specific reason to do so, and would also repeal our statewide ban on rent stabilization policies. Expand Employment Related Day Care with Dedicated Revenue. Expand the ERDC program to serve additional low income families. Labor Law Enforcement and Outreach. Provide for additional education and outreach to ensure compliance with civil rights and labor laws. HB 2005 Equal Pay: Salary Disclosure and Comparable Worth. Prohibit employers from asking applicants about their salary history so that job offers are made based on what the job is worth to the employer rather than an employee’s own wage history.
EXPANDING AND PROTECTING ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE AND REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE
HB 2232 Reproductive Health Equity. This will ensure zero outofpocket expenses for women seeking the full range of preventive reproductive care as well as access regardless of citizenship status. Equal Benefits. This will ensure that state contractors will be expected to provide health care that includes benefits for transgender health care needs. HB 2305 Cover All Kids. This expands health insurance plans to cover every child in the State of Oregon. Expand Medicare and Medicaid in Oregon. Ensure that all Oregonians added to the Oregon Health Plan via Medicare and Medicaid receive coverage.
DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE
Increased funding for Temporary Assistance for Domestic Violence Survivors and the Oregon Domestic and Sexual Violence Services (ODSVS) fund. SB 318 K12 and Campus Sexual Assault Connecting sexual violence prevention and response. Establish .5 FTE Violence Prevention Specialist at ODE for youth in K12; 1 FTE Title IX Specialist at ODE for K12 and Oregon’s 17 community colleges.
REDUCING GUN VIOLENCE
HB 2523 Establish an Extreme Risk Protective Order. Give families and law enforcement the ability to petition the court to temporarily remove firearms from a person in crisis who is a danger to themselves or others. HB 2237 Close the Charleston Loophole. This ensures that individuals will not be able to purchase a gun even if their background check is not completed within the usual three days. Ban Large Capacity Magazines. Outlaw the future purchases of extended capacity magazines in Oregon. This type of ammunition enables individuals to fire repeatedly without the need to reload and significantly increases a shooter’s ability to injure and kill large numbers of people. Extend Domestic Violence Protections. Expand the law to remove guns from domestic abusers to cover all types of domestic relationships. Require Safe Storage of Guns Around Kids. Establish liability if a person fails to safely store a firearm and a child gains unintended access to it.
IMPROVING SCHOOL CLIMATE
Support AntiBullying Legislation to prevent abuses against LGBTQI students across the state
Support the Popular Vote for the US Presidency Provide that the winner of the National Popular Vote, rather than the Electoral College, win the presidency.
Click here to download a PDF of this list (http://www.noworegon.org/uploads/1/2/7/5/12754387/2017_oregon_now_legislative_priorities.pdf) Oregon NOW’s legislative priorities are listed in green. This list will be updated as the session progresses and it’s possible that priorities may shift. If you would like to recommend additional legislation for this list, please email our Endorsements/Policy Advocacy Committee Chair Kristin Teigen at kmteig(at)comcast.net.