LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

A message from the Oregon State Chamber
1.5.2018
 
 
Cleaner Air Oregon
 We can’t stress enough how important it is for your chamber, and your members, to provide comment to DEQ on the new ‘Cleaner Air Oregon’ regulations. In almost 20 years of advocacy, we haven’t seen regulations that threaten business operations to the extent that these do.

The deadline for comments is Monday, January 22nd.
 
You can view a list of potentially impacted companies here.

Comments may be submitted here or to cleanerair@deq.state.or.us

We want to make it as turn-key as possible for your chamber and your members to submit comment to DEQ.

Attached, please find:

1. Talking points that can help you draft brief comments. – Download here
2. Sample turnkey comments that you can personalize and submit on your business letterhead. – Download here
3. OSCC’s formal written comments (which may provide you some additional material for your comments). – Download here

Again, please take a few minutes to engage as a community.
Best regards,
 
JL Wilson
Legislative Counsel
503-363-2182
 
Oregon State Chamber of Commerce
503-363-2182 
867 Liberty Street NE, Salem 97301
 
 
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OSCC GA Council Discusses
Coming 2018 Session
Dear OSCC Members and Colleagues: 

The Government Affairs Council met today for their bimonthly call and discussed issues impacting the upcoming 2018 Legislative Session.
 
1. Cap and Trade
The GA Council will recommend to the OSCC Board of Directors involvement in the Cap and Trade campaign. There are several threats facing local manufacturers on the issue of taxing emissions and tighter air emissions controls. To learn more about the issue, please view the talking points from the Oregonians for Balanced Climate Policy here. For more information on the coming Cap and Trade debate, please refer to our blog post here.
 
2. Potential Changes to SAIF
The GA Council will recommend to the OSCC Board of Directors joining the SAIF coalition to oppose efforts to sweep a portion of SAIF’s surplus in order to pay down the PERS unfunded actuarial liability. Read more about the impact of the SAIF proposal here.
 
3. 2018 Legislative Priorities
Attached is the working draft of the OSCC 2018 Legislative Priorities. Please feel free to review and provide comment. We appreciate your feedback as we begin to shape the priorities for the upcoming 2018 Session. Please send all comments or questions to Alison Hart.

Earlier this week, the Board approved the GA Council’s recommendation to sign and support the Tax is a Tax Coalition. Learn more about this ballot measure initiative here.

Please feel free to share the attached documents with your membership.
 
Best regards,
Alison Hart
Executive Director
503-231-5421 
JL Wilson
Legislative Counsel
503-363-2182
 
 
Oregon State Chamber of Commerce
503-363-2182 
867 Liberty Street NE, Salem 97301
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