Legislative Updates

  • August 26, 2020 8:52 AM | OMBA Admin (Administrator)
    Mortgage Action Alliance

    Dear MAA Members,

    I am pleased to announce that your collective voice has been heard. Just moments ago MBA's President and CEO, Robert D. Broeksmit, CMB, released a statement in response to the FHFA's decision to amend the GSEs' adverse market refinance fee. He also sent this member communication, which includes additional details.

    In total, more than 23,500 MAA members sent more than 85,000 messages to Congressional offices. Your voice was heard by 100 U.S. Senators and 99% of all U.S. Representatives, which generated bipartisan, bicameral blowback from Congress and as noted in the Wall Street Journal, the White House had “serious concerns with this action and is reviewing it.”

    There is no doubt that this record-setting response paved the way for victory.

    To further prove that point, I had last reported that many other Congressional leaders were drafting letters echoing our position. Below is additional bipartisan response that was driven by your grassroots engagement.

    Bipartisan Group of Representatives Ask For Reconsideration of FHFA/GSEs Refinance Fee

    • On Friday, August 21, Representatives Denny Heck (D-WA), Lee Zeldin (R-NY), and Charlie Crist (D-FL), along with 38 of their House colleagues (including 12 Republicans total), sent a letter to FHFA Director Mark Calabria (ccing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac CEOs Hugh Frater and David Brickman) requesting that “FHFA and the GSEs reconsider this [adverse refinance market] fee as our country recovers from COVID-19.”  They added that “when this policy was announced, no further explanation was provided to justify the additional cost to homeowners.”  The letter also asserted that “in addition to raising costs on our constituents without sufficient justification, we have concerns with how this fee increase may interfere with the broader economy’s recovery from today’s crisis and ask that you prioritize homeowners and economic recovery.”

    Bipartisan Group of Senators Raise Concerns About Refinance Fee

    • On Thursday, August 20, Senators Rounds (R-SD), Smith (D-MN), Cramer (R-ND), Tillis (R-NC), Moran (R-KS), Daines (R-MT), Tester (D-MT), and McSally (R-AZ) sent a letter to FHFA Director Calabria stating that it was “surprising and deeply troubling” that the “Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) would allow the GSEs to take this course of action, during what is universally agreed to be a period of great economic distress.”  They added that it is “greatly distressing that FHFA and the GSEs would announce a 50 basis point fee for all refinancing loans with no consultation with Congress and no notice to external stakeholders.”  The letter concludes that “[t]his type of fee is difficult enough to price in during the best of times; in the midst of a global health pandemic with a vaccine not yet in sight, there is no rational explanation for this course of action in the manner and speed that you have taken.” 

    Democrat Senators Send Letter to FHFA Director Regarding Refinance Fee

    • On Wednesday, August 19, Senate Banking Committee (“SBC”) Ranking Member Brown (D-OH) and fourteen of his colleagues sent a letter to FHFA Director Calabria “express[ing] concern about the sudden announcement that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) will begin charging an additional 50 basis points in up-front fees for all refinance loans delivered to the Enterprises on or after September 1, 2020.”  The Senators write that they “are concerned that this sudden change of the rules that will shift more of the financial burden to consumers could contradict” the Enterprises’ purpose of providing “stability in the secondary mortgage market.”  They also ask Director Calabria to respond to a number of questions regarding the fee and “request that [he] immediately provide answers to the questions above and not proceed, or approve of proceeding, with any pricing or policy changes during this pandemic that are not intended to help homeowners, renters, and our housing system withstand this crisis.” 

    I applaud each and every one of you who answered the call to action, reiterating that our united voice is as powerful as ever! Thank you for your participation, we could not do this without you!

    If you would like more information about your company or state’s involvement with MAA, please contact Rosie Sheehan at rsheehan@mba.org or maa@mba.org.

    The larger the group, the louder the voice!

    Best regards,

    Bill Killmer
    Senior Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs
    Mortgage Bankers Association
  • August 11, 2020 7:29 AM | OMBA Admin (Administrator)

    The legislature started and finished our second special session of the year yesterday.  The focus was mainly on balancing our State’s budget but there were also a handful of policy bills dealing with unemployment and policing.    The day wasn’t without drama between the democrats and republicans, but they were able to finish their business shortly before midnight.  While it is speculation on my part, I think we will have more of these special sessions before the end of the year and the next one could be as early as sometime in September.  Below is a list of all the bills that were introduced yesterday and a short description of each..  All but one of these passed, SB 1702, one of the unemployment bills died in committee.  One issue that was not brought up this session was employer liability reform.  Some discussion continues, but for now there is no action taken.

    Those of you that had specific budget items during this session you should have already received more detail as it relates to those items. 

    As always, please let us know if you have questions. 

    HB 5221- Addresses reductions needed as a result of reductions in lottery revenue and other sources.  Several of the Lottery’s revenue are set out by law on how they get spent, for example 18% of net lottery revenue goes to the education stability fund (and other allocations).  With the lottery revenue down, this bill adjusts those allocations.



    HB 4301- Clarifies the prohibition on use of chokeholds and also incorporates portions of a previous Legislative Concept which outlines when physical force is necessary and when it is not.



    HB 4302- Makes changes to mining fees that didn’t pass in the last February Session. It will fund the work of the Department of Geology and Mining Industries for the second half of this biennium.



    HB 4303- Bill transfers $400M from reserves from the Education Stability Fund to the General Fund to aid in rebalancing the budget. The transfer would keep the biennial State School Fund at $9B.



    HB 4304- Bill has several transfers and fixes what are also part of the rebalance plan and authorizes a analysis of cost obligations for wildfire suppression.   This document will show each of the transfers:




    HCR 221- Makes changes to the legislatures complaint procedures.



    SCR 221- Allows the legislature to adjourn (also known as the “sine die” bill).



    SB 5721- This bill deals with bonding allocations for university building construction/maintenance as well as includes some provisions requiring apprenticeship participation from women, veterans and individuals of minority communities.



    SB 5722- Also a bill which deals with bonding for capital construction of state facilities. The bill establishes and increases a six year expenditure limitation for certain capitol construction projects over a $1m.



    SB 5723- Is the main bill which rebalanced the State’s budget (reductions/increases).  Because of the use of ending balances and some of the State’s reserves, the cuts were not as bad as what we saw a couple of months ago.  Here is a complete list of the cuts separated out by state agency:




    SB 1701- Intends to improve the process for unemployment eligibility and makes some clarifications for individuals who are working part-time and receiving benefits.



    SB 1702- (FAILED) Also a bill dealing with unemployment and focuses more on individuals who work in education who have been laid off during the summer and disallowed any benefits. This bill specifically excludes teachers and administrators.



    SB 1703- Bill also deals with unemployment and looks to speed up the process for adjudication for PUA claimants.


    Markee & Associates, Inc.
    5605 Inland Shores Way #110
    Keizer, Oregon 97303

  • August 06, 2020 8:00 AM | OMBA Admin (Administrator)

    The Joint Emergency Board met this afternoon (8/5) to spend more of the federal CARES Act money before the start of our next special session next week. Below are the six items they discussed. Items 1,2,4,5 and 6 passed and after two separate times being brought up, item #3 failed due to concern over whether the counties and cities or the state was better equipped to handle the purchasing of PPE. There was no clear indication given, but it seems like item #3 will come back in some capacity next week during the special session.  Special Session is set to start Monday August 10th.  There is still some debate if it will only be budget items or if the legislature will take up a few policy bills at the same time.  Our best guess at this point the session will last about two days.  I still believe we will see more special sessions before the end of the year, maybe as early as sometime in September. 


    1. DAS/OHA- Coronavirus Relief Fund for Contract Tracing and Testing. This increased the Federal funds expenditure limitation for the Department of Administrative Services by $94M. $20.7M supports Oregon’s testing and related costs. The remaining $73.5M supports contract tracing, education, outreach, case management, and isolation wraparound services.


    1. DAS/OHA Coronavirus Relief Fund for Racial Disparities. This increased the Federal funds expenditure limitation by $45M to provide foundational resources for communities to address social determinants of health contributing to the viruses disparate outcomes. Some examples are economic resources (thermometers PPE, childcare support, technology needs to improve access to telehealth and distance learning), food insecurity and housing as well as some money for safety and violence (emergency motel vouchers for people experiencing abuse, depression, etc.


    1. DAS Coronavirus relief fund for PPE purchase for local governments. $94.5M for local governments (cities and counties) and $10.5M for Oregon’s tribal governments.


    1. DAS expenditure limitation for State Agency Expenses due to COVID-19. This established an other funds expenditure limitation of a total of $29.8M for the Department of Human Services. $8M food bank transfer, $9M for the temporary 3-month rate increase of 10% for residential service providers delivering services to children or adults and $12.8M for a 97 bed emergency care health care center for individuals who need to be quarantined or moved from nursing home settings.


    1. DAS state expenses expenditure limitation and coronavirus relief fund status report. $105M from funding made available to states through the Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide flexibility and rapid response capability for DAS to purchase equipment, supplies and services on behalf of the state agencies in responding to the effects of the COVID-19.


    1. DAS-Statewide cultural support program update. This section acknowledged the receipt of a report on the omission of the Craterian Theater in Medford from the list of approved Independent Venue grants for the purposes of adjusting award amounts to maintain the previously-approved total funding level.
  • July 13, 2020 12:11 PM | OMBA Admin (Administrator)

    The Governor held a press conference this morning to give an update on COVID-19.  Oregon reported more cases last week than the entire month of May.  Half of all cases are from people under the age of 40 and one-third of all cases are under the age 30.  The Governor is worried that the virus could spiral out of control like we have seen other states in the US.  She stressed the importance of wearing face coverings and the concern of how the ability of the virus spreads when individuals don’t even know they have the virus and are infecting other people.

    The Governor is instituting the following two new items: 

    1. Statewide ban on indoor get togethers of more than 10 people.  This doesn’t effect workplace or churches at this time. She is not closing bars or restaurants at this time, but said nothing is not off the table for the future depending on what happens.
    2. Face coverings will be required outdoors if you cant maintain 6 feet of distance between people out of your household.  Businesses that are operating outdoors, will have to have similar face covering guideline as they do for indoor activity. 

    There will be fines and closures to businesses that don’t comply to all guidelines.   OHA Director Allen said cases are expected to 3 triple in the weeks to come.  However, most current modeling does not take into account the statewide face covering mandate that went into effect just a couple weeks ago.  They stated it has been clear that social indoor gatherings have been a huge reason for the larger number of cases in Oregon.  Examples given of large indoor gatherings were fraternity parties, bachelorette parties, and graduation parties.    The Governor’s team said everything they are doing in restrictions is to try and limit risk of individuals.

    The Governor continues to look at work place outbreaks and the best way to deal with those by industry.  They are working with industries to try and adapt as needed for specific situation.  Work place outbreaks are easy to identify, but aren’t necessarily the reason for large county outbreaks.  Work place outbreaks also don’t necessarily mean anything was done wrong.  The Department of Agriculture and OSHA have been working with businesses closely to make sure precautions are in place.

    The state is working to increase testing levels and working with the Federal Government on more supplies.  Our testing is up considerably from before and we are currently testing around 35,000 people per week right now, but they are worried about the demand in larger hot spots and losing testing capacity to those states.

    Schools was also a topic, but it is clear there is still a lot of unknowns as to what will happen next fall.   However, it sounds like for most districts there will be a combination of both in-person and distance learning.  Each district is planning on something a little different, based on their own circumstances.

    Other items of importance:

    The Emergency Board is set to meet tomorrow, you can see their agenda on the link below.  We will make sure to let you know how things turn out, but as we have seen in the last couple meetings the E-Board will be spending more CARES Act money.


    The next Special Session is still expected to happen the last part of July or first part of August.  It looks like it will be more likely to be sometime within the first couple of weeks of August.  The main purpose of the session will be to balance the budget but I am sure there will also be some policy issues addressed at the same time.

    Please let us know if you have any questions of comments

    Matt Markee
    Markee & Associates, Inc.
    5605 Inland Shores Way #110
    Keizer, Oregon 97303



  • July 01, 2020 1:38 PM | OMBA Admin (Administrator)

    P R E S S   R E L E A S E


    Secretary of State

    The State of Oregon

    CONTACT: Laura Fosmire | laura.fosmire@oregon.gov

    DATE: July 1, 2020

    Remote Online Notarization Now Legal in Oregon

    SALEM, OR — Yesterday, Governor Brown signed HB 4212A into law. While this bill contains many concepts, part of it legalizes Remote Online Notarization (RON). Notaries are commissioned through the Secretary of State’s Corporation Division.

    RON notarizations are new to Oregon, but have been safely performed since 2012, when the State of Virginia pioneered this technology. According to figures from the National Association of Secretaries of State, 47 other states have authorized RON, either through legislation or emergency orders. Oregon is the 48th state to join this group.

    “This technology will allow consumers and notaries to complete a notarization from the comfort and safety of their homes,” said Corporation Division Director Ruth Miles. “That’s a game-changer.”

    Unlike traditional and electronic notarizations, RON notarizations are performed using an online platform that meets specific technology requirements in Oregon law and rule. Platforms feature:

    • Multi-factor identity authentication
    • Secure document upload and transmission
    • Secure and recorded video conferencing
    • Digital signing and stamping for both consumers and notaries

    “I am proud of the innovation and work that the Corporation Division has accomplished through the successful passage of HB 4212A,” said Secretary Bev Clarno. “Because of this innovation, Oregonians now have safer options to perform notarizations without sacrificing security or identity protections. This comes at a time when health and safety is particularly crucial.”

    For more information on RON notarizations, go to https://sos.oregon.gov/business/Pages/remote-online-notarization.aspx. Contact corporation.divison@oregon.gov with questions.

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  • June 27, 2020 11:17 AM | OMBA Admin (Administrator)

    Oregon’s first Special Session of 2020 finished last night after a grueling three days. Obviously we are experiencing unique times with the pandemic and  that created for a very unique session.  As we have discussed before, the capitol was closed to the lobby and the general public for the duration of the session.  The only people that were allowed in the building were limited staff and legislators.  While I am not saying that anyone else should have been allowed in the building, I do believe the outcome or the versions of what passed, would have been different.  I understand there was the ability for public comment, but working in close to a vacuum like this in today’s environment with the pandemic and policing issues on the top of everyone’s mind, created some unusual scenarios for legislators that otherwise wouldn’t have been presented.  Basically all of the list of policy issues that was presented just before session started ultimately passed this session (about 20 or so issues).  Below is a list of the key pieces of legislation that passed.  If legislation more directly affected your industry, you should have already gotten a more detailed explanation of everything through out the session.  One key issue that the Republicans pushed hard before and during the session was some sort of liability reform for business, employers, and/or government bodies as it relates to the pandemic.  The idea was to make sure that employers that are taking precautions for their employees were not held liable if there was a work place outbreak, etc.  Most Democrats from day one pushed back on this and weren’t very interested.  Many stated their reason for not doing this was because the legislature was not looking at the workers compensation system to create a presumption for the coronavirus.  With that said, there was an agreement Thursday night (after 10 democrats signed a letter stating the need for liability reform) between Republicans and Democrats to create an interim workgroup to study the liability issue in hopes of bringing legislation to a future session.  We will most likely have another special session the second half of July to look at budget issues and I am sure some policy at the same time.  Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.


    Key legislation that passed

    HB 4202 – small technical changes to the Corporate Activities Tax

    HB 4204 – moratorium on residential and commercial foreclosures

    HB 4206 – stablishes a statewide program for inspection of meat processing

    HB 4210 – disallows a suspension of drivers license for anyone that doesn’t pay a traffic fine

    HB 4212 – omnibus bill that helps with public meeting law during pandemic, disallows garnishments on CARES Act money and also allows for remote/virtual public notary

    HB 4213 – moratorium on residential and commercial evictions

    SB 1602 – forest management agreement between environmental and industry groups to have Governor facilitate meetings

    SB 1603 – creates a new tax on cell phones to help pay for the Universal Service Fund and some broadband

    SB 1607 – extend the sunset for one year on small school district grants and foreign exchange students

    Policing Accountability

    SB 1604 – Limits an arbitrator from overturning a police discipline when a law enforcement agency uses a discipline guide

    HB 4201 – Establishes joint committee on use of force and transparency

    HB 4205 – Requires rules be created to require police officers to stop certain act of misconduct

    HB 4207 – Creates statewide database for police officers who have lost or had certification suspended

    HB 4208 – Limits use of Tear Gas

    HB 4203 – Limits choke holds or other types of scenarios that impeded breathing or blood circulation


    Markee & Associates, Inc.
    5605 Inland Shores Way #110
    Keizer, Oregon 97303


  • June 16, 2020 7:37 AM | OMBA Admin (Administrator)

    It now appears that the Governor will be calling a special session on June 24th.  The list attached is the most recent list of legislation that the Governor will ask to be considered - there are 25 separate policy issues on the list.  It does not appear that there will be any budget items discussed during this special session.  Current thinking is to wait on state budget items until after the Federal Government has decided to act on whether or not they will allocate money to state’s to help with their loss of revenue.  Legislative leadership believes this will be answered before the Congressional August recess.  If Oregon does receives federal dollars it obviously will lessen the budget cuts needed to balance the budget.  However, if we don’t receive federal funds, on a percentage basis, the cuts we will need to make grow the longer we wait.  For those of you that care about any of the particular items on the attached list we will be reaching out to you individually to discuss next steps.  By taking way all budget talks from this special session, it certain changes the dynamic between the two parties and how they negotiate with each other.  Most leverage the Republicans had all stemmed around the budget items.  As things change and progress we will let you know.  As If you have any questions or comments please feel free to call or email.

    Matt Markee

    SPECIAL SESSION #1 – JUNE 24, 2020
    1. Police Discipline Statewide Database
    2. Attorney General Lead for Use of Force Investigations
    3. Require Mandatory Reporting by Officers of Other Officer Behavior
    4. Ban on Tear Gas, Militarization…?
    5. Law Enforcement Arbitration (HB 1567A, 2020)
    6. Outlaw use of Chokeholds
    7. Commercial Eviction Moratorium EO 20-11
    8. Residential Eviction Moratorium EO 20-13
    9. Foreclosure Protections
    10. Broadband + Virtual Schools
    11. Public Meetings and Local Government Operations EO 20-16
    12. Protecting CARES ACT Payments EO 20-18
    13. Court Dates Extension
    14. Super Siting Authority Housing HB 4001C, 2020
    15. LIHEAP (Weatherization) Authority
    16. Remote Notary Provisions
    17. Hotel and Motels Limited Immunity for COVID Isolation Requires by public entities
    18. Small Rural Schools Formula (HB 4044, 2020 – Redraft but limit to 1 year)
    19. Extend Enterprise Zone Termination Date from June 30, 2020 to December 31, 2020
    20. Broaden Use of IDA Funds for Emergency Assistance for COVID Pandemic Relief
    21. State-Run Meat Processing Plant Inspection Program (HB 4152, 2020)
    22. CAT Technical Fixes and Dairies (HB 4009A, 2020)
    23. Eastern Oregon Border Board Grant Fund Limitations (HB 4165A, 2020)
    24. Out of State Placement and Family First
    25. Forestry MOU

  • June 03, 2020 3:13 PM | OMBA Admin (Administrator)

    The Governor held a press conference today on our current status and a glimpse of how phase 2 of our reopening will work (summary below). I believe our Legislature will likely go into Special Session sometime at the end of June to balance our budget and debate a few policy issues. This timing is subject to change, but the best guess at this time. I believe the special session itself will be fairly short with much of the issues being worked out ahead of time. Key members of the Ways and Means Committee have been working on balancing the state budget and are getting close to a plan that balances cuts in programs with using some of our reserves. We are still waiting to see if the federal government is going to help states out with their loss of revenue from the pandemic, but if they do will obviously lessen the amount of cuts we will need to make. In addition to special session, our Emergency Board will likely meet again soon – as early as this coming Friday. They will look to spend more of our Cares Act dollars from the federal government in several specific areas. For example a few things they will be looking at using some of the remaining money on includes: broadband expansion; rental and mortgage assistance; and assistance to help consumers pay utilities. All of these items seem to be changing on a daily basis and will likely continue to change moving forward. We will get you updated specifics on budget items that you specifically care about as they become available. We continue to meet with all key budget legislators on a regular basis.     Below is a summary of today’s press conference from the Governor:  It has been 10 weeks since we started our stay home save lives models, and it is becoming clearer that the “normal” as we knew it prior to COVID-19 may not return until there is an effective treatment or vaccine available.  At this point, it seems we are months, and not weeks away, from getting back to “normal” as we know it.  It was stated today that the state is working hard on contact tracing including developing specialized cultural testing and tracing for equitable solutions for all communities. 31 counties can apply to enter phase 2 starting Friday. However that does not mean all 31 counties will be approved. Some examples of differences we will see under phase 2 include more recreational sports, the opening of bowling alleys and movie theaters, and larger groups may congregate as long as social distancing requirements can be met (staying six feet apart). Under phase 2, group gatherings will be limited to 50 indoors and 100 outdoors, but will also allow for larger groups in certain circumstances which will be specified in the guidelines (yet to be released). County data is currently being reviewed and those who qualify for phase 2 will be announced Thursday (June 4th). Face coverings will still be a recommended as will telecommuting whenever possible. Our situation thus far in Oregon has remained stable with those counties that have begun to reopen. For the most part, new confirmed cases have stayed about the same, as our total testing capability continues to expand. Currently results showing a positive test compared to the total number of people tested on a statewide basis is about 1.7% - this is down from mid-May at 2.7% (the national average is around 12%).  In addition, the State is helping counties financially with contact tracing, to make sure it is conducted properly and effectively. Testing guidelines starting today will be expanded to asymptomatic people.      Examples of criteria to enter phase 2 include:  Follow up timely on contact tracing with first outreach done within 24 hours on 95% of the cases. No increases in the daily number of confirmed cases and don't want to see an increase in the percentage of positive test results. If a county can't meet this, they need to spell out their mitigation plan on how to resolve the issues. If things move in the wrong direction once in phase 2, it is possible that things are rolled back on an individual county basis.      The Length of phase 2 will likely last for several months but there is potential that there may be loosening of restrictions in other areas depending on how things go. We may need treatments or a vaccine before being able to enter into phase 3.  The Governor encouraged citizens to continue to social distance and to wear face coverings to help slow the spread of the virus.       Public Schools in the fall:  It is one of the Governors top priorities to get students in school this coming fall, but it will likely look different than what we consider normal. The Governor is hoping to release specific details about schools this fall in the coming weeks, but it is important to know that the school experience for students will be different from district to district as well as where geographically a district is located. As an example, school may be much closer to “normal” in a rural school district in Eastern Oregon than it will likely be in the more urban areas. In the meantime, districts across the state are working through a variety of contingency plans, including looking at distance learning, in class learning and hybrid models for students to return to the classroom in September.     As always, please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have questions  Matt        Markee & Associates, Inc.  5605 Inland Shores Way #110  Keizer, Oregon 97303  503.378.0412  www.markee.org  

  • May 20, 2020 12:18 PM | OMBA Admin (Administrator)

    May 19th was primary election night and will set the stage for campaigns for the rest of 2020. Here are a handful of the more notable races as well as one tax measure.

    Secretary of State

    Longtime State Senator Mark Hass is leading in a three-way democratic primary against fellow State Senator Shemia Fagan, and relative political newcomer Jamie McLeod Skinner. Assuming he holds on his opponent in November will be State Senator Kim Thatcher. Hass will look to put the Secretary of State’s Office back in democrat control after Dennis Richardson won in 2016 and became the first Republican to win statewide office in many years.

    Congressional District 2

    Former State Senator Cliff Bentz won the Republican Primary to replace Congressman Greg Walden who announced he would not seek reelection. Bentz defeated a long list of opponents including Former State Rep and Gubernatorial Candidate Knute Buehler, Former State Senator Jason Atkinson, and political newcomer Jimmy Crumpacker. Despite raising less than half the amount of money as Buehlers campaign, Bentz prevailed by nearly nine points. Cliff Bentz 31.3%, Knute Buehler 22.2%, Jason Atkinson 19.9% and Jimmy Crumpacker rounding out the top four with 17.5%. Barring an unforeseen circumstance, Bentz will be the next Congressman from CD-2 due to it being a safe Republican seat.

    Ballot Measure 26-210: Supports homeless services through higher earners’ tax, business profits tax

    This tax authorizes a 1% tax on household income above $200,000 and individual income above $150,000. Included in the ballot measure is a 1% profit tax on businesses with gross receipts higher than $5M to fund homeless services. This measure passed with 58% voting yes.  This measure is only for the Metro Counties and will expire in 2030.

    Senate District 2

    SD-2 is a seat in Southern Oregon in and around the Grants Pass Area. This seat is being vacated by Former Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger.  Art Robinson defeated Jolee Wallace 54.1% to 43.2% in the Republican primary and will face Democrat Jerry Allen in November. Art Robinson will be the likely next Senator as the seat is a safe Republican seat.

    Senate District 18

    SD-18 is a district making up portions of SW Portland and Tigard. Longtime Senator who until recently was the Senate Democrat Leader generated a challenge by Ben Bowman who is a member of the Tigard Tualatin School Board. While there was some momentum building early on from Bowman’s campaign, Burdick won a resounding victory 70% to 30%. She will return to the Senate for another term as she does not have a Republican opponent this November. 

    House District 3

    HD-3 is a seat in southern Oregon which makes up half of SD-2 (mentioned above). Former House Republican Leader Carl Wilson is retiring at the end of this term and a trio of Republicans battled it out to replace him. Lilly Morgan emerged as the victor defeating Zacharie Maynard 43.1% to 34.4%, with Max Whittington coming in third with 13.4%. She will face Democrat Jerry Morgan this fall, though Morgan will likely win as this is a safe Republican seat.

    House District 17

    HD-17 is a seat making up a large portion of eastern Linn and Marion Counties including the towns of Lebanon, Stayton, and up toward Detroit. Long time legislator Sherrie Sprenger has decided to run for the Linn County Commission and in her place six individuals have vied to fill the vacancy. Though still to close to call in the Republican primary, as of late last night, Jami Cate is slowly extending her lead against Scott Sword 28.8% to 25% with the other candidates picking up smaller portions of the remainder of the vote. If Cates lead holds, she will face Stayton City Councilor Paige Hook in November. HD-17 is a strong Republican seat, so in all likelihood, Cate will win handily in November.

    House District 20

    HD-20 is a house seat making up most of West Salem and some rural communities in Polk County. This democrat leaning seat is held by Rep. Paul Evans. In the Republican primary, in what was a closer contest than many predicted, Selma Pierce is leading (and appears to be pulling away) Kevin Chambers 57%-42%. The race has yet to be called though it appears that Selma has a large enough lead that she will likely emerge as the Republican nominee and will face Rep. Paul Evans in what will be a rematch of 2018. This will be a competitive race this fall and potentially one to pay close attention to in the coming months.

    House District 26

    Is a district making up portions of the South Portland Metro Area including the cities of Wilsonville, and some rural areas running out to the south of Hillsboro. This seat is a toss up seat, though population shifts have turned a once lean Republican district to a small Democrat advantage. Current Rep. Courtney Neron will look to keep the seat in Democrat control after her upset win in 2018. Her Republican challenger will be Peggy Stevens who won by nearly 16% against two other candidates to gain the party nomination. This race will be extremely hard fought this fall and may be one of the most hotly contested races in the state. This will certainly be a district to watch as Republicans will look to flip the seat back to red.

    House District 28

    Is a seat in and around the Beaverton area. Long time legislator Jeff Barker is stepping down and three individuals ran in the democrat primary to replace him. Wlnsvey Campos emerged defeating Alisa Blum and Jacob Bride with 54% of the vote. In November she will face Republican Daniel Martin though it is relatively safe Democrat seat so barring a massive upset, she will likely be the next State Representative from HD-28.

    House District 32

    Is a district on the North Coast taking in the cities of Astoria, Warrenton, Seaside, and areas nearby. Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell is stepping down after serving one term. On the democrat side, Debbie Boothe-Schmidt defeated George Kiepke. Boothe-Schmidt will face Suzanne Weber who handily won the Republican nomination winning her race by over 60%. This seat has been reliably democrat for many years, though it is a district that has slowly become more competitive. This is another race to watch as it may trend toward a toss-up by November.

    House District 33

    This district encompasses areas of NW Portland and regions out toward the west. Rep. Mitch Greenlick who has served in the legislature for many years announced he was going to retire at the end of the term. Unfortunately, he passed away just a week or so ago due to a long battle with several illnesses. Maxine Dexter defeated three other opponents winning by over 11%. She will face Republican Dick Courter in November but due to the seat being a safe Democrat seat, she is a virtual lock to be elected this fall.

    House District 36

    This district takes in a large portion of downtown Portland. Former Democrat House Leader Jennifer Williamson stepped down late last year and Akasha Lawrence Spence was nominated to fill out the remainder of her term with the caveat of not seeking reelection. Four individuals ran in the democrat primary to be the next Representative from this district. Lisa Reynolds emerged as the winner after a fairly competitive race defeating Laurie Wimmer 43.1% to 36.3% with Rob Fullmer and Adam Meyer picking up 12.6% and 7.6% respectively. She will face James Ball in the general election, though since this is one of the safest Democrat seats in the state she will prevail and become the next State Representative from HD-36.

    House District 42

    HD 42 is located in the inner SE Portland area. Rep. Rob Nosse who has served for three terms drew an opponent from his left in the Democrat primary by Paige Kreisman who was supported by several unions and some community activists. While Paige was able to generate a fair amount of early support, Nosse won in resounding fashion defeating Kreisman 67.2% to 32.6% and will retain his seat.

    House District 46

    This is district is located in the middle of East Portland just to the south of I-84. Rep. Alisa Keny Guyer has decided to retire after serving several terms and three individuals battled it out to replace her. In the end, Khanh Pham walked away with it after defeating two other opponents by earning 85% of the vote most notably former Multnomah County Commissioner Jeff Cogen who received 9.7%. Pham will be the next State Representative from HD-46.

  • May 14, 2020 12:15 PM | OMBA Admin (Administrator)

    After over 7 weeks with our stay home order, the Governor stated, we have seen that it works and because of it we have had 70,000 less infections and 1500 less hospitalizations.  While we have issued new guidance in several areas, they expect to issue transit, summer camp and summer school standards very soon. Most retail businesses weren't required to close during this time period, but many did anyway, we issued guidance on how those businesses should operate moving forward. Also, it is important everyone that can work from home should work from home. Of our 36 counties, 33 of them applied to reopen and 28 have been approved.  Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties (Portland Metro area) did not apply to reopen.  The five that were not approved - three of them, Jefferson, Umatilla, and Morrow, OHA is still working with them on their application and could be approved soon.  Marion and Polk were denied because neither of them met the criteria to actually reopen.  Both of them have had an increase in both hospital cases and infection rates, and many of the new cases have been untraced to a source.  This is different than Clatsop County who had an uptick but was able to trace the issue to one facility and should be under control (Clatsop will be reopened for phase 1). Both Marion and Polk counties will continue to talk with OHA and their applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis.  Outside of the eight counties listed here, the rest are able to reopen with the guidance for each business sector.  To get to phase 2, each county will have to wait for a minimum of 21 days.  In those counties approved for phase 1, this will allow the following business to reopen following the Governor's guidelines - restaurant and bars to have sit down service, personal care business, and gyms under limited capacity.  Also in these counties public gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed if you can keep to physical distance requirements.

    The Governor made it clear that we will likely see an uptick in infections as we reopen and stated life as we "knew" it will not be back until there is a good treatment or vaccine.  If we see a significant spike a county could move back to the stay at home order depending on the situation.  When asked if someone in a "closed" county could travel for service to an "open" county, the Governor stated we hope this doesn't occur and people are thoughtful and considerate of their neighbors.


    Emergency Board

    The Emergency Board of the Legislature will meet tomorrow from 1pm to 3pm.  They will be getting reports from both the Department of Administrative Service and Legislative Fiscal Office on Federal Relief Funds that has come to the State already.

    As always, please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or comments.  If for some reason you don't have it, my cell phone is always the best if you want to talk: 503.510.3371 or email is always good too.  We are still working from home at this time.


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