Date: January 24, 2023

Contact: Ashley Kuenzi



Senate Republicans Roll Out 2023 Session Agenda

SALEM, Ore. – Earlier today, the Senate Republican leadership team held a press conference outlining their Equitable Oregon Agenda. You can watch the video recording here.

“It is important for [our Caucus] that all citizens of Oregon are heard and listened to,” said Senate Republican Leader Tim Knopp (R-Bend). “…We’re not here to burn bridges – we’re here to build them. That is what this Session is about for us: making sure we can build a bridge to a better future and an equitable Oregon.”

Equitable Oregon focuses on:

Saving Oregonians from Rising Inflation & Increased Cost of Living

  • Return the Kicker as a check, returning $5,200 per household on average – LC 3881
  • Freeze property taxes for Oregon seniors 67+ for primary residence – SJR 17
  • Raise CAT tax coverage threshold to $5 million – SB 127
  • Additional exemption against Oregon estate tax – SB 68
  • Urge balanced budget amendment to United States Constitution – SJM 1
  • Create a business-friendly environment to attract semiconductor industry, creating high paying family wage jobs

Human Dignity in Housing & Homelessness

  • Support housing development goal of 36,000 units yearly
  • Tax deduction for renting room(s) in taxpayer’s primary residence – HB 3032
  • Allow local governments to amend urban growth boundaries to include lands to be used for needed housing – SB 656
  • Financing for infrastructure/predevelopment costs for moderate income housing – SB 534
  • Expand affordability for Oregon renters with additional tax incentives – SB 435
  • Ensure funding for mental health services are being disbursed effectively – SB 300
  • Recriminalize possession/distribution of hard drugs i.e. Fentanyl – SB 735

Promoting Freedom & Prosperity for All Oregonians

  • Require approval by majority of Senate of any reprieve, commutation, or pardon – SJR 11
  • Durational limitations on declarations of emergency by Governor – SJR 14
  • Require all executive clemency actions by Governor be initiated by application and follow specific procedures – SB 667
  • Impeachment process for statewide elected executive branch officials – SJR 13
  • State employees cannot be reimbursed for travel to/from Oregon when living outside of Oregon – LC 3697
  • Protect free and fair elections

Modernizing Oregon’s Education System, Empowering Parents & Students

  • Increase virtual public charter school cap to 5% – SB 707
  • Allow students to enroll in any public school – SB 259
  • Curriculum transparency – HB 2628
  • Nontraditional pathways to licensure for prospective career and technical education teachers – SB 677
  • Pilot program to provide funding to school districts to increase access to schools by homeless students and improving academic achievement – SB 658

Reducing Violent Crime Threatening Our Communities

  • Support Oregonians’ 2nd Amendment rights
  • Increase funding for school resource officers – SB 639HB 2223
  • Reclassify crime of Violent Felon in Possession of a Firearm as crime category 8 – SB 650
  • Create crime of threatening to commit a terroristic act – SB 664
  • Create crime of controlled substances homicide – SB 649
  • Stricter sentencing for criminals whose assault causes life changing injury – SB 430
  • Increase statute of limitations for rape crime to 20 years – LC 3892

Protecting Oregon’s Farms, Fisheries, & Forests

  • $50 million to Dept. of Forestry for increased forest managing operations in specified wildfire-prone counties – SB 653
  • Require State Forester to actively manage state forestlands to achieve/maintain low forest fuel load levels – SB 665
  • Study rate impacts of implementing reduction of greenhouse gas emissions required by House Bill 2021 (2021) – SB 681
  • Protect natural gas use in new or existing residential or commercial buildings – SB 647
  • Remove requirement that State Forestry Department oversee development of statewide map of wildfire risk – SB 654
  • Federal agencies to better prevent, mitigate, and suppress wildfires – SJM 3
  • Ensure offshore wind energy development goes to local and regional communities while promoting electric grid reliability and resilience – SB 678
  • Include forest land sequestration in greenhouse gas emissions calculations – SB 724
  • Prioritize Oregon made/grown products, minimizing carbon footprint