February 24, 2017
Revenue on marijuana sales
House Bill 2203
What it does: The bill, as written, would redistribute the revenue received from the sale of marijuana in Oregon. The bill would remove 40 percent of incoming marijuana tax revenues from education.
What’s new: The bill was heard earlier this week, and the committee had two amendments to review. Neither amendment was adopted during the hearing.
What’s next: The bill is expected back in committee next week to adopt an amendment that would restore the 40 percent of marijuana sales to education and move that revenue into the State School Fund. OSBA will continue to monitor the bill’s progress.
Senate Bill 414
What it does: The bill would set up a student threat assessment system to support school personnel with the handling of threats to the school, staff and students. This threat assessment program would be set up in the Department of Education and include program and training requirements.
What’s new: The bill was heard again Feb. 22, in an informational hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.
What’s next: The bill remains in the Senate Education Committee and has not been scheduled. OSBA will continue to monitor the bill’s progress.
Senate Bill 481
What it does: The bill would define a process that public bodies follow for completing public records requests. The bill is the product of an 18-month task force looking at the public records law.
What’s new: The bill was heard Feb. 22 in the Senate General Government and Accountability Committee. OSBA testified in support, asking for amendments to deal with the timeline for response to requests when schools are closed during breaks.
What’s next: The bill is expected to be scheduled again for the committee to consider amendments.