Our comprehensive 2017 Legislative Agenda takes bold steps forward to protect Oregonians' rights, and sets the stage for Oregon to continue to lead the rest of the country in tackling the long-standing inequalities that are deeply ingrained in our social and political institutions.
Together, this package of proposals will improve access to affordable, culturally competent health care; empower people to make decisions about when and whether to parent; establish workplace policies that give us time to care for ourselves and our families; and make sure every Oregonian is treated fairly under the law.
Cover All Kids (SB 558/HB 2726)
Health insurance coverage is one of the single most effective ways to ensure that children receive the preventative health and medical care they need to thrive in school and life. In fact, when children have access to health care through Medicaid, studies show they have higher incomes later in life. Yet 17,600 Oregon children—2 percent of children in our state—currently do not have any medical coverage. By covering all kids in Oregon, we will ensure that every child is on a pathway to success.
End Profiling (HB 2355)
Every day, people are targeted based on their race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, language, housing status, sexual orientation or gender identity. While Fair Shot For All pushed Oregon legislators to ban police profiling in 2015, there is still no structure in place to effectively identify, record and correct any profiling practices by Oregon law enforcement agencies. By creating and funding the system needed to identify patterns of profiling and enacting accountability mechanisms to address profiling when it occurs, Oregon will start to change the culture of policing and make neighborhoods safer and communities stronger.
Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance (HB 3087)
The vast majority of people in Oregon do not have paid family and medical leave. This means that new parents are returning to work too quickly after having a child and Oregon families are struggling to take care of themselves and other family members in their time of need. Paid family and medical leave insurance will ensure that people can welcome a new child or take care of their own or their family member’s serious health needs, without losing the income their family relies on.
Reproductive Health Equity (HB 3391)
Access to reproductive health care is critical for the health and economic security of all Oregonians, regardless of income, citizenship status, gender identity or type of insurance. Limitations on reproductive health services can have profoundly harmful effects on public health, particularly for those who already face significant barriers to receiving high-quality care. By ensuring that Oregonians have coverage for the full range of preventive reproductive health services at zero out-of-pocket cost and by filling gaps in reproductive health coverage for those categorically excluded from health programs due to citizenship status, we will remove financial barriers and ensure that every Oregonian is empowered to make decisions about whether and when to become a parent.
Stable Homes for All (HB 2004)
Though a basic element of life, wages aren’t keeping up with rapidly rising housing costs, and working Oregonians are struggling to keep a roof over their heads. In fact, in one month alone, Portland rents increased by 14 percent—the largest increase in the country. In addition, landlords maintain the legal right to remove a tenant from their housing without cause—regardless of paying rent on time, regardless of being a “good tenant” and without adequate legal recourse. By preventing no-cause evictions and repealing the ban on rent stabilization, we will help working families maintain housing stability and curb homelessness.