Legislative News

Stay engaged and read the latest political news to learn about important issues that have an impact on private property rights and housing attainability.

ORPAC Supported Candidates for 2020!

September 8, 2020

The Oregon RPAC Trustees are excited to host their next Major Investor fundraiser – an exclusive virtual tasting with winemakers from Argyle Winery on October 14 from 4:30 to 5:30 PM. The Trustees have partnered with OAR Staff to reach out to REALTORS® in their markets who are likely to invest in RPAC and ...

Special Legislative Session Guide for Oregon REALTORS®

June 30, 2020

The Oregon Legislature adjourned the First Special Session of 2020 on Friday, June 26. The Government Affairs Key Committee and staff have remained actively engaged with the Governor’s office leading into the session, and advocated to shape legislation with impacts on Oregon REALTORS® and their clients. In the face of an inevitable extension of the ...

Oregon’s New Eviction Law for Commercial Tenancies (HB 4213)

June 29, 2020

What is Oregon’s New COVID-19 Commercial Eviction Law and When Does It Take Effect?

The new law takes effect immediately and replaces the Governor’s Executive Order 20-13. Bans certain notices and evictions for nonpayment of rent, late charges, utility or service charges or any other charge or fees that comes due between April ...

Oregon’s New Eviction Law for Residential Tenancies (HB 4213)

June 29, 2020

What is Oregon’s New COVID-19 Residential Eviction Law and When Does It Take Effect?

The new law takes effect immediately and replaces the Governor’s Executive Order 20-13. Bans certain notices and evictions during a defined “Emergency Period” (April 1 – Sep 30, 2020) Creates a 6 month “grace period” (Sep 30 – March ...

CARES Act Supports Housing in Oregon

June 11, 2020

On Friday, June 5, the legislature’s Joint Emergency Board met to make a series of decisions about how to spend money the state has received from the federal government as part of the CARES Act. With many newly unemployed Oregonians struggling to afford their rent or mortgage payments, OAR was pleased to see housing as the ...

OAR Phase 2 Reopening Guide

June 5, 2020

Today, 14 Oregon Counties enter Phase 2 of Oregon’s Reopening. Tomorrow, an additional 11 counties enter Phase 2.  Subject to public health guidelines, physical distancing, gathering size limits and sanitation guidelines Phase 2 activities include: recreational sports; pools; venues like movie theaters, bowling alleys, and arcades; some additional in-office work; bars and restaurants able to stay open ...

Governor Modifies CAT Tax Estimated Payment Requirements

April 27, 2020

On March 27, 2020, OAR and nearly fifty other industry groups sent a letter to Governor Brown asking her to suspend Oregon’s new Corporate Activity Tax (CAT) due to the economic fallout of the Coronavirus pandemic.

While Governor Brown has not suspended the tax, according to a letter sent Friday to Oregon Business ...

SBA Out of Funds

April 16, 2020

As of 8:00 am on April 16, 2020 the SBA EIDL and PPP programs are out of funds and not taking applications until Congress appropriates more funding, see details here.  The SBA says that EIDL applications that were already submitted will be processed on a first come, first served basis.  If you had already ...

Legislative Update for Oregon Realtors® – 2/26/2020

February 26, 2020

In the face of significant public opposition, Senate Democrats advanced the highly-controversial cap and trade bill with a parliamentary move by the Senate President to negate the no vote of fellow Democrat, Senator Betsy Johnson. Senate Republicans repeatedly stated their intent to deny a quorum without a referral to the voters of Oregon in November. Once ...

Legislative Update – February 14, 2020

February 21, 2020

HJR 203: Real Estate Transfer Tax Hearing Respond to OAR Call for Action

Oregonians resoundingly passed Measure 79 in 2012, amending the Oregon Constitution to prevent taxes on the sale or transfer of real estate property. Oregonians already pay significant taxes on their homes in the form of property taxes and did not feel it ...