OR – OCA Legislative Update September 23, 2021


The OCA write As you may have been reading about, things in our state Capitol are once again a bit of a mess.  We won’t know the end results of the Special Session on Redistricting until at least Saturday, as the House of Representatives is currently in recess until then.  Behind the scenes negotiations over new State Senate and House district lines, as well as Oregon’s new Congressional District boundaries, will likely be ongoing for the next several days.   A summary of the action from the last several days is provided below.  If you’re interested in reading more about the politics, processes, and a few of my thoughts, please check it out. Some of the ongoing priorities of the Oregon Cannabis Association include: Educating lawmakers about your work, especially with regard to the unique burdens, the extent of over taxation, and extreme regulatory environment you encounter.   We want them to understand more of your business challenges for many reasons, including so that they are aware of how devastating it would be to allow local governments to raise your taxes. Preparing a policy agenda for the next Regular Legislative Session, to be convened February 2022. Numerous legislators will either be retiring or vacating their current seats in order to pursue another office.  These are expected to include: Sen. Chuck Riley, Chair of the Senate Business and Labor Committee; Sen. Ginny Burdick, Chair of the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee; Sen. Lee Beyer, Chair of the Energy and Environment Committee; Tina Kotek, Speaker of the House; and others OLCC Rulemaking around hemp and Delta 8.  OLCC is beginning to plan for the implementation of the omnibus hemp bill from last session, HB 3000.   An informational legislative hearing on the subject was scheduled for this week, then postponed until November…

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