Bills Help

Bills contains all infomation relating to a bill for the session.

Overview

Shows the pertinent information about a bill.

Sponsor - A member or organization that has initiated the bill
Relating To clause - expresses the subject of that bill. For example, HB 2000, relating to charter schools. In Oregon, a bill may only address one subject, and for this reason the relating-to clause becomes an important element of the bill.
Catchline/Measure Summary - Measure summary describes the bill what the bill does. The catchline is the first line of the measure summary.
Current status - Current location of the bill is which committee is currently assigned the bill.
Scheduled Events - when the bill has been schedule as an agenda item in a committee or chamber
Measure History - Timeline of events for the bill as it moves through session. Within measure history you can connect to committee agendas for which the bill was schedule, audio archives of committee meetings, votes of committees and of the chamber.

Text - Displays pdf versions of the bill, and any amendments adopted, engrossed and enrolled versions.

Measure Analysis - List of documents submitted by Committees, Legislative Fiscal Office and Legislative Revenue Office about the impacts of the bill on budget and revenue.

Exhibits - List of documents submitted in Committee related to presentation of the bill. Exhibits can be testimony, presentations, any information presented to the committee for consideration.

Proposed Amendments - An amendement is an alteration made to be made to a measure. The proposed amendment may or may not be adopted by the committee. The proposed amendment highlighted are ones that have been adopted.Measures may be amended more than once.

Measure Location Glossary of Terms

Meeting Types:

INF: Informational Meeting. Ususally scheduled to hear testimony on an issue rather than a measure.
PAW: Public Hearing and Work Session. When a committee chair anticipates taking action on a measure during the same meeting, a combination of public hearing and a work session on a measure is scheduled.
PPW: Public Hearing and Possible Work Session. Used when a committee chair want to hear a measure and have the option of taking action during the same meeting.
PRW: Possible Reconsideration and Work Session. A measure may be reconsidered by a committee after it has been voted out of the committee but not delivered to the chamber desk. A reconsideration allows the measure to be taken back into the committee.
PUB: Public Hearing. Scheduled for the purpose of hearing testimony on a measure.
PWK: Possible Work Session: Allows a committee chair the option to open a work session on a measure.
WRK: Work Session. Scheduled to allow the committee to debate the merits of a measure and adopt amendments and take an action (vote) on a measure. Testimony may be taken, but not required.

Bill Text

Displays pdf versions of the bill, and any amendments adopted, engrossed and enrolled versions.

How do I find different versions of the bill? - Click on the Text tab. Select which version of the bill you are looking for.

What is an amendment? - An amendment shows the specific changes to the prior version of the bill.

What is an Engrossed version? - An engrossed bill is the version of the bill voted out of the committee.

What is an Enrolled version? - An Enrolled version is a bill that has passed both chambers of the Legislature.

Measure Analysis

Measure analysis is submitted by Committees, Legislative Fiscal Office and Legislative Revenue Office about the impacts of the bill on budget and revenue.Staff Measure Summaries, Fiscal Impacts, Revenue Impacts, and Budget reports as presented in each committee the bill has gone through.

Staff Measure Summary (SMS)
A staff measure summary (SMS) provides an informative, impartial summary of a legislative measure. An SMS outlines the effects of a measure, the issues discussed at committee meetings and hearings, the effect of any amendments adopted by a committee and any relevant background information that may help provide a context for legislative deliberations. Disclaimer

Fiscal Impact Statement
Fiscal impact describes an increase or decrease in program expenditures, revenues (non-tax), positions, or FTE compared to the amounts in the current biennium's approved budget. Programs include those administered by state agencies and local governments, including cities, counties, schools, and special districts. Fiscal impact statements are produced by the Legislative Fiscal Office. A brief summary of the assumptions used in producing the estimates as well as the major components of the change are included in the fiscal impact statement.

Revenue Impact Statement
A revenue impact statement shows how much additional tax revenue or reduction in revenue for state or local governments will result from a proposed law change. Revenue impact statements, which are produced by the Legislative Revenue Office, describe what tax revenue sources will be affected by a proposal and provide an estimate of the magnitude of the change for current and future bienniums. A brief summary of the assumptions used in producing the estimates as well as the major components of the change are included in the revenue impact statement. If necessary, the revenue impact statement will identify areas of uncertainty.

Budget Report
An official report of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means produced by the Legislative Fiscal Office for bills that appropriate moneys or limit the expenditure of funds, and that includes the Committee's recommendations on levels of agency revenues and expenditures.

Exhibits

This page lists documents that have been present to a committee in association to the bill. Each document will show in which committee and meeting date that it was presented in. An exhibit is anything submitted for the record that supplements a witness’ oral testimony. An exhibit can also be a copy of a witness’ oral testimony.

Floor Letters: Documents that have been carried by a member to all Chamber members. These documents may or may not be associated to a specific bill.

Proposed Amendments

An amendement is an alteration made to be made to a measure. Proposed amendments are presented in a committee meeting for adoption by the committee. Measures may be amended more than once.

Any proposed amendment that is adopted by the committee is bolded.