Businesses are Hoping for a Productive Short Session

By Katy Brooks, CEO, Bend Chamber Article first appeared in The Bulletin on January 23, 2024Although the 2024 legislative session will be a short 35 days, there is important work to be done. In legislative work leading up to this year’s session, it appears much of the...

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Legislature Ends Tumultuous 2023 Session

The House and Senate spent the last week of the regular session clearing a backlog of hundreds of bills, including those that would fund state agencies and the 2023-25 budget. Overall, Bend Chamber’s legislative priorities fared well in the 2023 session.

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Legislature Passes Halfway Mark; Plans 2023-25 Budget

–The Legislature has hit the halfway mark and several important deadlines have come and gone. Notably, the April 4th deadline for bills to pass through their first Chamber committee of reference (or be referred to Rules or Revenue Committees). Roughly half of the...

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City Council Sets Goals for 2023-25 Biennium

The Bend City Council’s biannual goal-setting process is well underway, and the Bend Chamber has actively engaged in educating Councilors about the business community’s priorities. The Chamber advocated for two specific priority areas in the goal-setting process earlier in the year.

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2021 Legislative Review

The annual legislative session in Salem was anything but ordinary this year, as lawmakers gathered for the 160 day long session lasting from January through mid June. From the start, the session was unique as the Capitol building was closed to the public and all...

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A Tumultuous but Productive Legislative Session

The 2021 legislative session was characterized by Zoom meetings, COVID-19 restrictions and disruptions. It was surprisingly productive, however. In a normal year, the legislative process is not one for the faint of heart, as over 3,500 bills are introduced in a long session addressing a vast range of issues.

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Corporate Activity Tax: Key Dates for 2021

The Oregon Department of Revenue and the Corporate Activity Tax team have provided a list of important dates to be aware of, which are listed below. CAT forms are now available on the Revenue website.

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Bend Chamber Legislative Update – Week #1

On February 3, 2020, the Oregon State Legislature convened for the 80th Legislative Assembly marking the start of the short session lasting 35 days. While the short session is traditionally for codifying budget requests for the biennial budget, this session saw...

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