2023 Legislative Accomplishments

By Claire Berger and Lisa Verner, Co-Chairs Public Policy Committee

The 2023 Oregon State Legislative Session has ended!  The AAUW of Oregon Public Policy Team is very pleased that many bills we advocated for and submitted testimony for made it through the House and Senate and signed by Governor Tina Kotek.

The 2023 Oregon State Legislative Session has ended!  The AAUW of Oregon Public Policy Team is very pleased that a number of bills we advocated and submitted testimony for this session made it through the House and Senate and are now law.

Senate Bill (SB) 599 requires landlords to allow child care facilities to be located in rental properties with some conditions if the tenant wants to operate such facilities.

HB 2468 is a companion bill to SB 599.  It authorizes the Early Learning Council to adopt reasonable requirements for landlords of tenants who operate certified family childcare home in tenant’s dwelling.

SB 519 calls for expungement of juvenile court records if requested.

SB 424 prohibits post-secondary institutions from withholding transcripts for students with outstanding bills due to the institution.

House Bill (HB) 2002 established reproductive rights and gender-affirming care as it was prior to Roe v. Wade being overturned.  The final (3rd) version was a compromise between Democrats and Republican Senators to end the Republican walkout in the State Senate.

HB 2535 calls for doulas to be available pre- and post-birth to pregnant women inmates at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.

HB 3005 provides financial assistance for allowable costs related to early childcare infrastructure activities.

HB 2727 calls for a work group to examine strategies for expanding this state’s early learning and care facilities.

The full text of each bill can be found in the “Text” section located under each bill number in OLIS (Oregon Legislative Information System) https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2023R1 .

Our heart-felt thanks go out to each member of the Bills Analysis Subcommittee of the State Public Policy Committee: Chair Regina Ayars, Claire Berger, Trish Garner, Jo Rossman, Sharron Noone, and Lisa Verner.

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