Legislative Victories

OSA has been fighting for the interests students in Oregon for decades. Here is a selected list of some (but not all) of the legislative victories students have been able to accomplish

2019 Legislative Adopted Budget:
Public University Support Fund: $836,898,583, this is an increase of $100 million
from 2017-2019. + a budget note: Public University Financial Transparency The seven
Public Universities shall collectively report to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means
in February 2020 on cost management measures implemented during the 2019-20
academic year.
Community College Support Fund: $640,926,933, this increased by
$50,000,000 from 2017-2019
Oregon Opportunity Grant: increased by $12,500,000, which will grant an
additional 2,500 grants.
Open Educational Resources: continued funding at $669,200. OERs
received one-time funding 2017-19 and its funding is continued for this biennium. For
the 2017-2018 year this program saved students statewide an estimated $3 Million. More info here:
https://openoregon.org/estimated-2017-18-student-savings/

2019

HB 2213 – Textbook Affordability Plan PASSED
• • Mandates that community colleges and universities put in place a textbook
affordability plan


SB 859 – Tuition Equity 4.0 for graduate students – PASSED
• • Clarifies that graduate students who meet the requirements of tuition equity
qualify for in-state tuition.

SB 854 – Professional Licensing – PASSED
• • Allows licensing boards to accept Individual Tax Identification Numbers in lieu
of a Social Security Number


SB 576 – Kaylee’s Law – PASSED
• • Puts limitations on campus public safety uniforms and puts restrictions on the
appearance of vehicles. This bill also removes their stop and frisk authority

2018

Senate Bill 1557 – Military Student Support Reform- PASSED
• •Requires community colleges, public universities and Oregon Health and Science
University to provide certain rights to students ordered to federal or state active duty for
30 or fewer consecutive days.


House Bill 4141 – Student Voice and Transparency Act-PASSED
• •Requires each public university to establish advisory body to advise university president
on recommendations to governing board regarding resident tuition and mandatory
enrollment fees.

Senate Bill 1528 – HECC Tax Credit Auction-PASSED
• •Creates tax credit for contributions to Opportunity Grant Fund.

House Bill 4043 – Community College Financial Aid Advising-PASSED
• •Requires community colleges to jointly conduct study to determine best methods for
helping community college students learn about and apply for benefits

House Bill 4028 – Student Parent Childcare Tax Credit-PASSED
• •Limits expenses for which dependent care income tax credit may be claimed to
combination of earned income taxable by Oregon and imputed income, using lesser
amount attributable to either spouse on joint return.

2017

SB 762 – Survivor Amnesty PASSED
• • Exempts sexual assault victims and persons assisting sexual assault victims
from arrest or prosecution for offense related to purchase or possession of alcoholic
beverage by person under 21 years of age if evidence of offense was obtained because
of contact with law enforcement agency or emergency medical services to report
assault or obtain assistance.

SB 231- Mental Health & Neurodivergency Research PASSED
• • Establishes Task Force on Student Mental Health Support. In 2017, Oregon
state legislature enacted Senate Bill 231 which was charged with investigating the
extent to which mental health and substance use disorders have an impact on the
education mission set forth in ORS 350.014 (i.e., Oregon educational goal of 40 percent
4-year college graduates, 40 percent 2-year college graduates, and 20 percent high
school completers).

HB 2845 – Ethnic Studies Standards PASSED
• •Directs Department of Education to convene advisory group to develop
statewide ethnic studies standards for adoption into existing statewide social studies
standards for public kindergarten through grade 12

HB 2864 – Cultural Competency PASSED
• • Requires each community college and public university to establish process
for recommending, and providing oversight for implementation of, cultural competency
standards for institution and institution’s employees.
HB 2355 – End Profiling PASSED (Coalition with Unite Oregon and Fair Shot Coalition)
• • Directs Oregon Criminal Justice Commission to develop method for
recording data concerning officer-initiated pedestrian and traffic stops. Also trains
mandates cultural competency trainings of all Oregon law enforcement officers and
reduces drug felonies to misdemeanor for the first 2 offenses.
HB 2673 –Gender Documentation PASSED
• • Creates alternative process for persons seeking to change name on vital
record for purpose of affirming gender identity.

2015

SB 932- expanded access to the Oregon Opportunity Grant.


SB 759- Required public universities, community colleges and Oregon-based private
universities and colleges to adopt written protocol for victims of sexual assault.

HB 2177- New Motor Voter (Coalition with NextUp and other partners)

Made it easier to register to vote or update your voter
registration in Oregon through coordination with the DMV. This helps students and
student governments because college students are a high-risk population for losing
voter reg status due to frequent moving and scheduling issues.

2013

Tuition Equity- PASSED

Ensures access to in state tuition for undocumented Oregon students meeting certain criteria