Member Calls to Action

At the heart of the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s (“RACC”) service to its members and the Douglas County’s business community, is the government affairs and political advocacy work it does on behalf of business.

 

The mission of the RACC through its government affairs activities and political advocacy is to represent and protect the interests of the Douglas County business community. To this end, the chamber monitors issues and activities of local, state and federal government and, when appropriate takes positions of support or opposition on behalf of business.

 

Our members informed, educated and connected through monthly E-newsletter, E-news blasts, website, calls to action, position papers/fact sheets, membership luncheon programs and legislative session calls with our counties state delegation.

CALLS TO ACTION!

Comments Needed to Oregon OSHA by April 2 

Local businesses have borne the brunt of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers have been tasked with enforcing the Governor’s mask mandate, enforcing the 6-foot social distancing requirements, among countless other mandates. 

            Now, OR-OSHA is considering the adoption of permanent COVID-19 Workplace Rules that layer new regulations on local employers nearly 14-months into the pandemic. 

            OR-OSHA should be providing workers and local businesses with certainty that their efforts to vaccinate and social distance are acknowledged, not creating new mandates that add costs as we work to reopen the economy.

            OR-OSHA needs to hear from concerned employers and workers about the proposed scope COVID-19 workplace rules.  Urge OR-OSHA to reset their approach to this pandemic.  Our local employers and workers should not be further penalized by government overreach.   Please also consider sending a copy of your comments to your local state legislator here:  Find Your Legislator

            To submit written comments, put your letter of comments on your business letter. If possible, provide specific examples related to your business or general local business examples.  You can download talking/comment points here

            Submit written comments by April 2, 2021.  Three options to send your comments to OR OSHA:

            Email:             Administrator Michael Wood:  tech.web@oregon.gov

            Mail:               Administrator Michael Wood

                                    Department of Consumer Business Services

                                    Oregon OSHA

                                    P.O. Box 14480

                                    Salem, OR  97309

            Online:            Oregon State Chamber of Commerce’s Action Center

                                    SEND YOUR MESSAGE TODAY

 

           For up-to-date information on chamber testimony and positions on proposed legislation during Oregon’s 2021 session, check out our “Current News” online.

Tell Congress Small Businesses Need Unrestricted Grants to Survive!

Your chamber continues to work with the nationwide Save Small Business Coalition to bring attention to our congressional leaders that many small businesses cannot take on more debt and they need grant funding; grants that provide flexibility so businesses can use the funds as they see fit. One of the goals is to help newer businesses and under-resourced businesses who have fallen through the cracks.  With one click . . . okay, two clicks, you can add your voice to thousands across the country in support of our local businesses, by sending this message to Congress!

Submit Testimony in Support of HB 3177 Today!

          HB 3177, The COVID Business Equity Act would, if passed, prevent the Governor from shutting down restaurants and gyms in any further emergency declaration. CLICK HERE TO READ THE BILL

            HB 3177 has a hearing before the House Committee on Economic Recovery and Prosperity on Thursday, February 25.  Written testimony from the public in support of this bill is immensely important.  So many of these small businesses, and the citizens they employ, have been adversely impacted in our community and across the state.  Please take a few minutes to show your support of our small local businesses, by submitting written testimony in support of HB 3177.

            A reminder of how we submit public testimony during COVID: 

  • CLICK HERE for the link that will take you to the House Committee on Economic Recovery and Prosperity. 
  • Scroll to the bottom of the webpage and click on the link that says, “Click to Submit Testimony” or Click Here to go directly to that page. 
  • Once there, click on the circle next to HB 3177 under “Choose the bill for your testimony.”
  • Then proceed to fill out the necessary information, whether you SUPPORT or oppose the bill. You will then have the opportunity to either upload a PDF or click the TEXT bubble to draft your testimony or cut and paste it in the space provided.
  • After you are finished with your testimony, make sure you hit the “SUBMIT TESTIMONY” button at the bottom of the page. 

           For up-to-date information on chamber testimony and positions on proposed legislation during Oregon’s 2021 session, check out our “Current News” online.

Chamber Testimony Supporting HB 2638 in Defense of Local Businesses

          The Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce submitted written testimony in support of HB 2638, COVID Liability Protections for Business, which would offer COVID liability protection for businesses, frontline medical providers and other entities.  HB 2638 would ensure that businesses acting in good faith would be protected from unwarranted lawsuits. It recognizes the unique circumstances of the COVID-19 emergency and provides timely and targeetd protections for businesses at a time when they need it most. CLICK HERE TO READ THE BILL

            HB 2638 is being heard by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil Law on Wednesday , February 24.  

           For up-to-date information on chamber testimony and positions on proposed legislation during Oregon’s 2021 session, check out our “Current News” online.

Oppose HB 2205

       HB 2205 would establish a procedure for any person to bring action in the name of the state to recover civil penalties for violation of state law. CLICK HERE TO READ THE BILL

           HB 2205 has a hearing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil Law on Wednesday, February 24.  This bill creates a mechanism that allows for private lawsuits on behalf of the State for the potential violation of ANY Oregon statute.  This is a citizen suit provision on steroids, hiding under the guise of assisting state agencies with enforcing their rules and laws or providing justice to workers. If history tells us anything, neither of those outcomes is likely to occur, although local businesses will suffer greatly.

          The endless lawsuits proposed in HB 2205 threaten every employer in Oregon. Only one state has adopted similar policy, and California’s Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) has devastated the state’s business community. Each year in California, businesses face approximately 4,000 PAGA lawsuits, forcing employers into costly settlements, and many for minor or innocent mistakes. Note that California’s PAGA law only applies to labor policy and is still incredibly damaging. HB 2205 applies to every law on the books in Oregon.

          This extreme proposal couldn’t come at a worse time for Oregon businesses. Oregon employers have been tasked with implementing and enforcing Oregon’s long list of continuously changing COVID-19 mandates and guidelines. They must consistently monitor evolving guidance and rules at the local, state, and federal levels and implement those changes on the ground. Unfortunately, in this rapidly changing regulatory landscape, minor mistakes do occur. However, HB 2205 offers employers no grace and allows anyone to sue for an alleged violation on behalf of the State of Oregon.

          Ask your legislators and the Subcommittee on Civil Law to OPPOSE HB 2205 and any PAGA-related bills.  A reminder of how we submit public testimony during COVID: 

Testimony in Support of SB 531!

          The Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce submitted written testimony in support of SB 531, which would establish a right to reimbursement for actual damages resulting from cessation of business operations required by emergency rules or orders.  The written testimony was presented to Oregon’s Senate Committee on Veterans and Emergency Preparedness at its February 18, 2021 hearing.  

Let’s Make Sure the Voice of Businesses in Rural Oregon are Heard!

          It is so important that our members testify on bills that are important to them, their industry(ies) and our local, rural business community. The Oregon Legislative Assembly has established a process to accept remote verbal public testimony on bills by video or phone during this time, in addition to written public testimony.

          Detailed information about how to testify in the 2021 Oregon Legislative Session is outlined in this “How to Testify” guideline.  Be sure and download it for use during the session!