BEND, OR -- Two local Legislators at Tuesday night’s Bend Chamber Legislative Outlook addressed a packed house. State Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend) and House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) previewed the February session.
McLane plans to introduce a bill to amend The state mandated sick leave policy which requires Oregon employers to provide sick time for virtually all workers. “What we had when that passed is a once size fits all without recognition of the unique needs of seasonal employees or agriculture especially crop growers who have perishable goods. That policy can really interfere with getting the crop through the door.”
Legislators are allowed two bills in the 35-day shorter session. McLane’s second bill extends disclosure requirements to limit conflict of interest for lawmakers. “At our sub director levels we have people working on decisions making the reports onto grant permits and stuff who have no requirement to disclose if their family members are actually the ones applying.”
Knopp’s bills address PERS reform and sustainable forest management. Bad weather and illness kept Senator Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) and Representative John Huffman (R-The Dalles) from attending