While much is still up in the air, our state association, OHBA, has made early progress on a variety of issues so far this legislative session, including on bills pertaining to SDCs, annexations, and the Urban Growth Boundary.
Since the legislative session began in Salem, our state association, OHBA has been playing both offense and defense on a wide range of bills that could potentially impact HBA members. Though much of the session still remains, below are some positive updates from OHBA’s CEO Jon Chandler:
- During the 2016 session, an OHBA supported bill passed that prohibited cities from requiring city-wide votes on annexations. This session, there were two bills that would have tried to repeal the 2016 bill, but both have already died. Hearings were held but no action was taken.
- A few negative SDC bills, including one that would have allowed SDCs for disaster resilience, and one that would have brought schools into the SDC conversation, were both derailed.
- An OHBA bill to establish an SDC task force moved out of committee unanimously. Ideally, this task force will set the stage for addressing SDC legislation during the 2018 session.
- HBA influenced House Bill 2095, the UGB mid-cycle expansion bill, recently passed through the House and is currently in the Senate Committee On Business and Transportation.
If you’re interested in more information about the bills OHBA is working on, members can request a copy of a more detailed report from James Adkins at JamesA@hbapdx.org. HBA will continue to update you on OHBA’s work as the Legislative Session continues.