Policy Work 2017

PolicyInteractive focused on two bills this legislative session

(1) Senate Bill 557 / House Bill 2135: Healthy Climate Act of 2017

Click here to see full bill. The following summary is pulled from HB 2135-A:

The following summary is not prepared by the sponsors of the measure and is not a part of the body thereof subject to consideration by the Legislative Assembly. It is an editor’s brief statement of the essential features of the measure.

Repeals greenhouse gas emissions goals and requires Environmental Quality Commission to adopt by rule statewide greenhouse gas emissions goal for 2025, and limits for years 2035 and 2050.

Requires Environmental Quality Commission to adopt carbon pollution market by rule. Requires commission to consult with certain interested persons and be advised by advisory committee in adopting rules.

Establishes Greenhouse Gas Cap and Investment Program Oversight Committee. Provides for minimum requirements of carbon pollution market. Declares legislative purposes of carbon pollution market.

Establishes Climate Investments Account within State Highway Fund. Requires that certain auction proceeds be deposited in account for purpose of funding programs consistent with legislative purposes of carbon pollution market.

Establishes Oregon Climate Investments Fund. Requires that certain auction proceeds be de- posited in fund, to be distributed through Climate Investments Grant Program adopted by Environmental Quality Commission by rule.

Creates Climate Investments in Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Committee. Requires committee to advise on distributions of certain auction proceeds.

Establishes Just Transition Fund. Requires that certain auction proceeds be deposited in fund, to be distributed through Just Transition Grant Program adopted by Oregon Business Development Department by rule.

Makes all provisions related to carbon pollution market and distribution of auction proceeds operative January 1, 2021. Authorizes Environmental Quality Commission, Public Utility Commission, Department of Transportation and Oregon Business Development Department to adopt rules prior to operative date.

Requires registration and reporting by certain sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Becomes operative January 1, 2021.

Changes name of Oregon Global Warming Commission to Oregon Commission on Climate Change. Becomes operative January 1, 2018.

(2) House Bill 2737: Small House Bill

Click here to see full bill. The following summary is pulled from HB 2737-B:

The following summary is not prepared by the sponsors of the measure and is not a part of the body thereof subject to consideration by the Legislative Assembly. It is an editor’s brief statement of the essential features of the measure.

Requires Director of Department of Consumer and Business Services to adopt construction standards for homes that have floor area of not more than 600 square feet. Identifies certain matters for inclusion in standards. Requires that initial construction standards for small homes become effective by January 1, 2018. Requires director to report to committee of Legislative Assembly no later than March 1, 2019, regarding implementation and use of construction standards for small homes. Allows inclusion of director’s recommendations regarding small home construction standards in report.

Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.