Oregon Senate Republican Office
Democrats turn closing days of session into chaos and partisanship
Salem, OR – Senate Democrat leaders forced a polarizing and controversial bill to the Senate floor on Thursday morning, despite bipartisan opposition and numerous compromise proposals. The action of Senate Democrat leaders has jeopardized the cooperative spirit and bipartisan reputation of Oregon’s upper chamber.
“This is clearly political positioning,” said Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day). “Over the past eighteen months Republicans and Democrats have worked hard to reach consensus-based solutions to some of the most difficult issues our state faces. But in one day, Democrat leadership has done significant damage to those months of careful bipartisanship and hard work.” Continue reading
Oregon Senate Republican Office
Salem, OR - Demonstrating the type of bipartisan and consensus oriented leadership that should define a short legislative session, Senate Republicans have brought two bills to the Senate floor that protect children from sex offenders. Both motions received unanimous approval, 30 to 0.
“This is the type of legislation we should be working together on in such a short session, not bills that split the Senate in divisive debate,” said Senator Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day). “This shouldn’t be the place for partisan grandstanding, but working on the issues where we find common ground that will make Oregon a better place.” Continue reading
Last minute tax attack of SB 1534-B: has been safely amended.
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon
Yesterday in one of the fastest committee hearings in a long time, the tax sneak attack bill SB 1534-B was amended with C-Amendments. The amendments to SB 1534 stripped out the dangerous tax plan which would have raised taxes on businesses for their out-of-state income. It raised these taxes by eliminating tax relief agreed by the October 2013 Grand Bargain.
Thankfully, the bill has been amended and is more closer to its original intent of being able to make technical changes to business tax law. Special kudos of defeating this tax amendment is due to fast-action by J.L. WIlson of Associated Oregon Industries and Jan Meekombs of NFIB. Read more details of the tax alarm here.
Oregon House Republicans
Salem, OR–Rep. Bill Kennemer (R-Canby) has filed for another term as State Representative for Oregon House District 39.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to represent my constituents for the last five years,” Kennemer said. “As such, I am asking the people of House District 39 to send me back to Salem for another term so I can continue working on the issues that are most important to them.”
Prior to his election to the House in November 2008, Kennemer served as a Clackamas County Commissioner and in the Oregon Senate from 1987 to 1996. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and maintained a successful private practice in the Milwaukie area for over 25 years. Continue reading
Oregon House Republican Office
Salem, OR - Rep. Mike McLane (R – Powell Butte), the House Republican Leader, issued the following statement regarding SB 1531 ‘C’ limiting pot dispensary bans by local governments:
“I am disappointed that legislation giving our local communities the certainty they need to regulate dispensaries of medical marijuana as they choose was killed by political games. Now Oregonians and their communities must continue in uncertainty because of a 14-month sunset on local control.”
Wilsonville, OR – Republican Governor Candidate and State Representative Dennis Richardson commented on the announcement of the Federal General Accountability Office audit of Cover Oregon:
“The Cover Oregon fiasco is one of the worst cases of wasted taxpayer money in Oregon History. Since I first sounded the alarm as Co-Chair of the legislature’s budget drafting committee in 2011, more than $300 Million has been allocated, yet Oregon’s health insurance exchange still doesn’t work. Where did the money go? Who is accountable for such flagrant waste? What can be done to avoid yet another State information technology project failure in the future?
The Federal GAO audit should answer these and other important questions. Oregonians deserve to go on-line for the affordable, high quality health insurance that Cover Oregon promised, yet failed to deliver. I thank Congressman Walden for his role in bringing forward this GAO audit.”
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) today announced that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has agreed to his request to review Cover Oregon, the state’s troubled health exchange.
“Oregonians are rightfully concerned about the failure of Cover Oregon. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on this broken website, and taxpayers have little to show for it. The GAO will take an independent look into what went wrong. They have a reputation for independence and thoroughness. Their investigation will help taxpayers get answers about what happened at Cover Oregon and the over $300 million that has been allocated to the state. Oregonians deserve better,” Walden said. Continue reading