Legislative Activities for 2018-2019

Legislative Activities

SWV NOW: 2018-2019


Key Legislative Achievement: Passage of Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act (HB2005)

·        Working with partners in the Fair Shot for All coalition, SWV NOW advocated for the passage of the FAMLI act through local meetings with legislators, attendance at town hall meetings, letter-writing and phone call campaigns, participation in legislative hearings, and on-site advocacy in the capitol building in Salem.

·        These efforts culminated when Governor Brown signed HB2005 on August 9th, at signing ceremony which representatives of SWV NOW were invited to attend


Key initiatives supported by NOW in 201s based on history, coalition agenda, and/or motivation from within NOW organization. Bills in green passed; red indicates there is more work ahead:

·        HB2005: Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance

·        HB2015: Driver’s Licenses for All.

·        HB2020: Climate Action Plan / Clean Energy Jobs.

·        HB2010: Extend funding for expanded Medicare.

·        HB3427: K-12 education reform and funding

·        SB978: Governor’s omnibus gun safety initiative.

·        HB2505: Bill for safe storage of guns, establishes penalties for failing to store guns in accordance with the law.

·        HB3145: Reform of public defender system (includes funding)

·        HB3427: Clarifies statute(s) on sexual orientation and makes it clear that sexual orientation is neither a physical or mental impairment.

Action Event

Global Climate Strike from September 20-27th. For more information and action events, go to info@350Eugene.org. 350Eugene is a local organization dedicated to helping raise awareness of and organizing direct action around institutions and policies driving climate change.

Time for action: #StopTheBan and Gun Violence Awareness

At least two events of interest are occurring soon:

  1. From 5-6:30 on Thursday, May 30th at Hot Mama’s Wings: #StopTheBans Meetup sponsored by Eugene NARAL. Grayson Dempsey, executive director for Oregon NARAL, will lead this discussion the will promote ongoing activities to be undertaken to Stop the Bans. More info here.

  2. 3:00p on Saturday, June 8th at Shelter #1 in Alton Baker Park: Wear Orange Weekend: Eugene will join cities across the country in observing National Gun Violence Awareness Day. The Eugene event will honor victims, support survivors, and offer opportunities for creative projects together as a community. We will have speakers, music and a magic show for kids. Please come and enjoy these activities with us. Bring your family and friends! Here’s a link to an RSVP site.

Push for the Release of SB978, a gun safety measure

SB 978, the “omnibus” gun safety measure before the legislature this year, was voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with a “do pass” recommendation, albeit on a straight party vote. Instead of going to the floor of the Senate for a vote, the measure was sent to the Senate Rules Committee where it is currently languishing. Here is a note from Penny Okamoto of Ceasefire Oregon on how we might promote this bill:

Ceasefire Oregon has asked our supporters to contact their legislators to tell them to support SB 978. …

At this point, we need constant pushing on Senators Courtney, Burdick, and Prozanski to make sure this bill is moved out of committee.

Please call or write to these senators, expressing support for the bill and asking them to help move the bill forward. Contact info for these senators:

Update from Ceasefire on Oregon bill for prevention of gun violence

Senate Bill 978 (SB978) is the strongest piece of legislation in the Oregon Capitol this year aimed at preventing gun violence. Ceasefire Oregon has posted explanation and analysis here: https://www.ceasefireoregon.org/bills/state-police-to-conduct-study-on-reporting-of-attempted-unlawful-firearm-transfers/

Quoting from the Ceasefire site:

  • SB 978 stops hate groups and terrorists from printing guns that are undetectable and untraceable.

  • SB 978 gives public schools and major airports the right to make security decisions about prohibiting loaded, hidden guns in classrooms and terminals.

  • SB 978 stops the pipeline of unsecured guns to criminals by requiring gun owners to secure their firearms when not in use.

Passage of the bill was recommended by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a party line vote, but the bill has been referred to the Senate Rules Committee where no further action is currently scheduled and there is no set schedule for moving the bill on to the chamber floor.

To express an opinion on the importance of moving this bill toward a vote, please contact the following members of the Rules Committee:

Senator Arnie Roblan: 503-986-1705, Sen.ArnieRoblan@oregonlegislature.gov

Senator Ginny Burdick: 503-986-1700, sen.ginnyburdick@oregonlegislature.gov

Senator Michael Dembrow: 503-986-1723, Sen.MichaelDembrow@oregonlegislature.gov