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Recently, Oregon’s legislature has passed a variety of new laws that will govern everything from bikes and transit to taxes and bottle deposits - all of which are things that will affect the lives of CV students. Here’s some major changes and additions to the law that Raiders should know about.
Bikes at Stop Signs
According to a new law, bikes will now be allowed to treat stop signs as ‘yield’ signs. This is similar to a law recently passed in Idaho, and helps to allow bikes to coast through low-traffic neighborhoods without having to stop at every intersection. However, this doesn’t apply to cars, so don’t keep your California rolling stops as a habit.
Protecting the Environment
A few Oregon laws will come into play this new year governing bags and straws. Corvallis passed a city-wide plastic bag ban a few years ago, and now the state has as well; all across Oregon, plastic bags will be banned, and paper bags will cost 5 cents each. The state legislature has also passed a law regarding straws: restaurants cannot hand out plastic straws to customers unless they ask.
If and Only If…
Oregon has passed two laws this year that would only come into effect if the federal government or other states pass similar legislation. One outlines Oregon’s plan to combat the grogginess of daylight savings: if the federal government, Washington and California all agree, then Oregon would stop switching to and from daylights savings time. The state senate also passed a bill adding Oregon to a pact of states that agree to award all their electoral votes to the winner of the nationwide popular vote, not the candidate who wins their state. However, none of those states will act on that agreement until the number of states who have agreed to it exceeds 270 electoral votes (the electoral college majority needed to win the presidency). If that were to happen, then all of those states would award their votes to the winner of the nationwide popular vote, essentially nullifying the electoral college.
Paid Family Leave
Oregon will now allow up to 12 weeks (about 3 months) for a variety of reasons, including a new child, a family sickness, and recovery from serious illness or domestic violence. It will be funded with a small tax, similar to the pay deduction for worker’s compensation, and that will begin being withdrawn in 2022. The leave will be available to all Oregon workers in 2023, but companies with less than 25 employees won’t have to pay into the fund.
Ballots and Driver’s Licenses
Oregon already has ballots by mail, but now those ballots will come with prepaid postage, meaning that Oregonians won’t have to pay for stamps to vote. The state will also allow undocumented immigrants to receive driver’s licenses - however, they won’t be added to the voter rolls.
Rent and Refills
Rent increases in Oregon will cap the percent of rent increase at 7% every year (not including price index increases, which are usually around 3%). That law also forbids landlords from evicting renters without cause if they’ve lived there for more than 12 months. Another law will allow Oregonians to receive emergency refills of life-saving medicine like insulin without having to wait for their doctors office to open so they can get a new prescription.
- Kate Voltz