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OregonLive has a great website that updates how Rep. Bailey votes on bills as they come up on the floor.
I am proud to announce that I will serve as the Chair of the House Energy and Environment Committee and return as the Vice Chair of the Revenue Committee. I will also serve as the Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Tax Credits and serve on the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Natural Resources.
As Chair of the House Energy and Environment Committee, I will continue to work for clean, advanced energy, responsible use of our natural resources, and support for sustainable urban and rural communities. One of my top priorities will be continuing the Oregon Clean Fuels Program, which will sunset in 2015 if we don't act. Transportation sources are responsible for approximately one-third of all greenhouse gases in Oregon, and continuing the Oregon Clean Fuels Program is an essential part of Oregon’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create a more efficient transportation system, and make our transportation fuels a driver for jobs rather than a brake on our economy.
Serving as Vice Chair of the Revenue Committee and on the Joint Committee on Tax Credits will allow me to work for badly needed solutions to fix the inequities in our current property tax system. My priority will be working with The League of Oregon Cities as well as others on property tax reform measures, including allowing local option levies to fund schools beyond the Measure 5 limitations. This would make our property tax system fair as well as give more power to the voters in deciding how much we want to pay for certain services.
In the 2012 session, I began work on a bill to bring more transparency to Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs), which can restrict patient access to medicine and force local pharmacies out of business, and can be a potential barrier between patients and their needed medications. In the interim I had the honor of serving on a bipartisan workgroup that included representatives from all interested parties. I look forward to taking the workgroup’s progress to this upcoming session. I will be working on a bill that will bring needed transparency and oversight to PBMs, which will mean more consumer protection and choice in our health care.
Another priority for me in the upcoming session will be education funding. For long-term economic growth, we need strong schools that create opportunity for every child and equip our students for the jobs of the future. In order for this to happen in Oregon public schools, we need stable education funding that school districts can count on, and we need to increase education funding now.
Bills from the 2012 Session:
HB 4077: The Healthy Teen Relationship Act
Nationally, 1 in 10 adolescents report being a victim of physical dating abuse. Learning about healthy relationships is a long-term investment that can shape healthy adult relationships and families. Teaching teens about healthy relationships can help to prevent future domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, promote their future career/educational development, and more. This bill is a bipartisan effort to address the issue of teen dating violence, especially in our schools. The bill directs school districts to have a response policy to the issues of dating violence among teens. You can read the bill here.
Bills from the 2011 Session:
HB 2960: Cool Schools
This bill is the beginning of a series in the conversation about how we can leverage energy efficiency investments in schools with further structural upgrades. In order to access the benefits of efficiency, schools often need significant upgrades to aging structures before insulation, efficient windows, and modern heating systems can be installed. The Oregon High Performance School Program is not just about energy efficiency – it is about leveraging the resources that can finance all the needs in school capital facilities, including those things that make a building safer, more comfortable, and a better learning and teaching environment. Read the bill here.
HB 2275: The Community Engagement Act
We’re working closely with the Oregon Employment Department to find a workable program that encourages those seeking work to expand their networks and opportunities by participating in volunteer activities. Read the bill here.
Bills from the 2009 Session:
This is the first-ever regular review and sunset of all tax credits in Oregon. Tax credits are expenditures of tax dollars, and every credit should have a review and sunset. HB 2067 accomplishes that. House Bill 2067 does not raise taxes; it allows for an orderly review of certain tax breaks not required under federal law or the Oregon Constitution. Read the bill here.
This bill requires the Department of Human Services to develop payment systems to promote health care delivery through integrated health homes for medical assistance recipients. Read the bill here.
This bill would require the Department of Energy to develop and implement a loan financing program so as to promote household energy efficiency and sustainable technology improvements. The state would not provide financing directly but would work with utilities, energy auditors, and providers of finance to create a system in which residents would pay off energy efficiency loans through monthly payments included in utility bills. Read the bill here.
The Governor signing HB 2626 on July 22, 2009.
This bill directs the DEQ to study the effects of sewage, gray water and hazardous materials discharged from vessels in Oregon's territorial limit. Read the bill here.
Rep. Bailey joins Rep. Garrard in Klamath Falls to announce Clean Energy Works Oregon debut.
Rep. Bailey speaks on the House floor in favor of Senate Bill 1045, the Job Applicant Fairness Act, which bans most employers from using pre-employment credit checks. Pre-employment credit checks unfairly punish people for economic circumstances that are often out of their control.
2009 Floor Speech on HB 2001, the Jobs and Transportation Package:
"Colleagues, I rise today to support HB 2001, and I want to tell you why I support this bill, why it is a balanced and smart investment, and where I think we can, and must, go in the future.
We've learned from over 50 years of experience that in most communities, we can't simply build our way out of our transportation problems. This was the great sea change of the middle 20th century: when a community organizer named Jane Jacobs stood up to Robert Moses, the most powerful man in New York, and stopped the construction of a freeway through the heart of Greenwich Village.
In doing so she rewrote the rules of urban planning and transportation, and revolutionized how we think about public safety, healthy communities, and quality of life.
We've seen what happens when we don't plan well. The housing projects of that era, hemmed in by freeways in Chicago, New York, and L.A., crippled a generation of families with poverty, violence, and decay. The belief that we could engineer a better society through broad boulevards and isolation stunted our growth as a nation and created a debt we are still paying today. Le Corbusier was an architect of bricks and mortar, not of society and community."
We've seen what happens when we don't plan well. The housing projects of that era, hemmed in by freeways in Chicago, New York, and L.A., crippled a generation of families with poverty, violence, and decay.
The belief that we could engineer a better society through broad boulevards and isolation stunted our growth as a nation and created a debt we are still paying today. Le Corbusier was an architect of bricks and mortar, not of society and community.
And as we rediscover the value of connectivity, of choice, of freedom, of the smile from a front porch next to the grocery store or a wave from a balcony above the bakery, the monument to Robert Moses might as well have the inscription of Ozymandias: "Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair."
So, Colleagues, let us not look for those projects that are shovel ready, but for those that are shovel worthy. And how might we do that? HB 2001 gives us a roadmap.
We have for the first time a framework that requires the Metro area to plan to meet the most stringent greenhouse gas goals in the nation, and a toe in the door to bring that planning to cities across Oregon.
We have a congestion pricing pilot program that takes a critical step towards correctly pricing travel.
And perhaps most importantly we have a revolutionary least cost planning model that includes in the definition of cost not only the cost of the road but the cost to our health, our environment, and our society, and a model that looks at how we can influence demand for roads, and not just how many we build.
Coupled with the transit bill we just passed, the flexible funds the OTC designated last week for planning and multimodal transportation, and HB 2186, this is fair bill that brings funding for bicycle and pedestrian trails and will help us build a system for everyone, not just cars. It is supported by the city of Portland, Multnomah County, and Metro. It is the right bill for our urban areas.
Efficient use of our public dollars means investments that meet a rigorous benefit-cost analysis, with a broad definition of both benefits and costs. It’s not more roads or fewer roads, it’s roads in the right places for the right reasons.
HB 2001 starts us down the path. But it is not the destination. It can't get us there all the way, because it is constrained by our constitution.
In a world without the Highway Trust Fund, we could raise the money we need, and spend it most efficiently to move people and goods in the way that makes sense for each community. But the trust fund limits us only to roads, and only to a 20th Century paradigm.
We can neither achieve our transportation goals, nor our climate goals, with the Highway Trust Fund constraints. In California 75% of transportation dollars go to MPOs and 23% goes to the state department of transportation, allowing regions to pursue integrated, multimodal transportation planning.
With proper planning and proper pricing of pollution, congestion, and wear and tear, we can have a system that pays for itself, invests wisely, and promotes sustainability. It could be a system that makes the gas tax obsolete. It could be a system that does for efficiency and conservation in the transportation sector what utility planning has done in the energy sector.
This isn't just about jobs now or the environment tomorrow. There is a real benefit in quality of life. It is a second paycheck that we all cash. And in a competitive global economy we have what Omaha or Orlando would kill for: a sense of place that draws, fosters, and nurtures innovation and creativity.
Transportation is not just about planes, trains, and automobiles. It is about people; and how people live.
HB 2001 moves us in the right direction. It may not be everything any of us wants, but it is a good bill. It is another step forward from a state known for stepping out in front of the nation. And it is the first of many steps, colleagues, that I hope will one day result in the transformation of how we fund and plan transportation.
Cement crumbles, and places change. The structures we build with our hands do not last but those that we build with our policies endure. And on this monument we inscribe not what we build, but how we do it. HB 2001 turns the tide, and I hope you will give it your aye vote."
Check out the current Oregon laws: Oregon Revised Statutes
The Oregon Channel provides unedited television coverage of state government and public affairs. Watch Jules give floor speeches live!
The Oregon State Archives contains legislative committee minutes in addition to historic state documents.
Energy Efficiency Resources
The following is a list of resources for further information on energy conservation, retrofit financing, and implementation models.
The Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Oregonians benefit from saving energy and tapping renewable resources.
Clean Energy Works Portland is a pilot program that will help up to 500 qualified Portland homes finance and install energy efficiency upgrades.
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection.
Check out Change to Win's report on job quality in the new green economy.