Chamber Issues & Positions

RACC’S 2023-24 Public Affairs & Legislative Agenda 

The chamber has submitted on its own or added its name to coalitions in support of:

  • Federal transportation infrastructure funding
  • Effective management of public timber lands to include increased harvest
  • More effective management of public lands after a fire or other catastrophic event
  • Funding for State Veterans Home in Roseburg
  • Allied Health School aka “Med Ed” siting in Roseburg
  • Support of Transportation & Infrastructure
  • Support for Federal permitting streamlining
  • Fought against proposed increased taxes on Oregon businesses
  • Advocated for border security and legal immigration reform to address workforce shortage (See LIBERTY Campaign Coalition Letter
Oregon’s 2023 Legislative Session:  RACC Positions on Bills

The Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce monitors hundreds of business-related bills during each legislative session.  This list of bills the chamber supports or opposes grows as the session advances.  Below is a list of current bills the RACC has positions on, but check back frequently as the list is updated as appropriate.

 

Oregon House of Representatives

OPPOSES:

HB 2923–Related to predictive scheduling; imposing requirements on hospitals.

HB 2396–Related in indirect sources of air pollution.

HB 2494–Relating to local transient lodging taxes.

HB 2821–Relating to nonprofit corporations that receive public funds.  

HB 3019–Relating to transferring of funds from Oregon Forest Resources Institute.  See RACC’s letter opposing HB 3019.

HB 3152–Relating to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.  See RACC’s Testimony in Opposition

HB 3158–Relating to engine emissions; creating new provision.

HB 3159–Relating to funding to support species conservation; creating new provisions. Increases state TLT. 

HB 3205–Relating to the exemption of certain bonuses from pay equity requirements. The RACC initially supported HB 3205, in its original proposal, see RACC’s Testimony in Support.  On May 10, HB 3205 was gutted by Senate Labor & Business Committee Chair Kathleen Taylor.  Senator Taylor’s amendment replaces the bill previously supported. RACC no longer supports HB 3205.

HB 3229–Relating to increase in DEQ Title V permit fees.  

HB 3242 and HB 3243–Related to first party lawsuits on insurance claims.  See HB 3242 & HB 3243 Opposition Letter. 

 

SUPPORTS:

HB 2433–Relating to exempt amount under corporate activity tax (CAT); creating new provision.

HB 3078–Relating to designation of enterprise zones.

 

Oregon Senate

OPPOSES:

SB 803–Relating to diesel fuel.

SB 851–Relating to workplace psychological safety.

SB 907–Relating to employee’s rights to refuse to perform certain work assignments. 

SB 925–Relating to mandatory pay disclosures for job postings.

 

SUPPORTS:

SB 127–Relating to exempt amount under corporate activity (CAT) tax; creating new provisions.

SB 754–Relating to releases of liability.

SB 795–Directs State Board of Forestry to convey certain state forest lands to county that determines that county would secure greatest permanent value of lands to county. See RACC’s Testimony in Support

SB 1009–Authorizes issuance of general obligation bonds under Article XI-Q of Oregon Constitution for construction of veterans’ home in Roseburg, Oregon.

 

For more details about the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s positions on specific proposed state and federal legislation, visit RACC’s “Calls to Action” and “Current News” pages,  for both current and archived news from the recent Oregon Legislative Session as well as RACC positions on business-relevant matters in the US Congress.

          The Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce keeps its members updated on issues, matters and positions relevant to Douglas County businesses in its Business Perspectives newsletter and “Chamber News” email blasts which can be found HERE. 

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2023 Legislative Updates from the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce (OSCC)

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Highlighted 2019 positions/issues are archived, below. Archived positions/issues from 2020-22 can be found “Archived” on “Calls to Action.”

2019 Chamber Issues & Positions (Archived)

The chamber has submitted on its own or added its name to coalitions in support of:

  • Federal transportation infrastructure funding
  • Jordan Cove LNG & Pacific Connector Pipeline Project
  • Effective management of public timber lands to include increased harvest
  • More effective management of public lands after a fire or other catastrophic event
  • Funding for State Veterans Home in Roseburg
  • Allied Health School aka “Med Ed” siting in Roseburg
  • Support of Transportation & Infrastructure