Feb 23, 2024 - Politics

School bus cameras, child labor rules move forward in Salem

Photo illustration of the Oregon State Capitol with lines radiating from it.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Oregon's short legislative session is half complete, and here are some bills we're watching make progress toward the governor's desk:

🚸 A bill to fight child labor passed the full House unanimously last week.

  • Lawmakers say the new rules are needed because of situations like a Portland car dealership's use of 16-year-olds to run trash compactors, as uncovered by InvestigateWest.

💊 A rollback of part of the drug decriminalization law is in the works, Oregon Public Radio reported.

  • The bill would allow a penalty for drug possession of up to 180 days in jail, up from the 30 days the Democrats initially planned. The bill could get a hearing as early as Friday.

🏭 Oregon's public pension fund would divest itself of $1 billion in investments in coal companies, but not oil and gas companies, under a bill that passed the House on party lines.

🚆 "Drugs on transit," or Senate Bill 1553, passed the state Senate with bipartisan support. The bill would expand the existing crime of "Interfering with Public Transportation" to include illicit drug use on public transit.

🚌 A bill to put cameras on school buses to catch and ticket drivers from dangerously passing on the road passed the House on a bipartisan, nearly unanimous vote Monday.

📱 A "right to repair" measure, which would allow consumers more affordable options to fix devices like phones and tablets, passed the Oregon Senate with bipartisan support.

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