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.

Major Housing Policy Bills Still Remain

June 3, 2019

There are several significant housing policy bills still in play after the legislature’s most recent committee deadline on May 24.  HB 2001, which would allow for the development of duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, cottage clusters and townhouses on land currently zoned for single family housing in cities with more than 25,000 people, awaits ...

NAR Legislative Recap

June 3, 2019

Earlier this month, a team of OAR members headed to Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. for the NAR Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. During the week-long event, OAR members met with several Legislators including Senator Ron Wyden, Representative Earl Blumenauer and Representative Suzanne Bonamici. OAR would like to thank our Federal Political Coordinators for making ...

End of Session Forecast

June 3, 2019

The end of session revenue forecast was released by the State Economist on May 15, telling legislators how much money they can expect to bring in in the current biennium (2017-2019) and the next (2019-2021). Revenues for 2017-2019 are up $900M over the forecast issued just three months ago, and $2.4 billion more ...

HB 3427-A Passes

June 3, 2019

HB 3427-A is a commercial activity tax. Here’s what you need to know: HB 3427 Fact Sheet

REALTOR® Day at the Capitol Recap

April 11, 2019

Tuesday, April 2nd was a busy day at the Oregon Capitol! Thank you to the hundreds of REALTORS® from across the state for supporting REALTOR® Day at the Capitol. It was truly an incredible day filled with networking, education and advocating for homeownership and private property rights. We are very thankful for your commitment to the ...

First Time Home Buyer Savings Accounts

April 11, 2019

Oregon Legislature took a significant step toward addressing the state’s affordable housing crisis by passing House Bill 4007, establishing a First-Time Home Buyer Savings Account program statewide. The program will allow Oregonians to take a state tax deduction for saving money towards a down payment and other related costs associated with the purchase of their first ...

Statewide Rent Control: What You Need to Know

April 11, 2019

Senate Bill 608 or Statewide Rent Control has passed in Oregon and due to the “emergency clause” it becomes effective immediately. There are many questions, please see a Summary of SB 608 and Frequently Asked Questions for your reference.