2020 State Legislative Priorities

OSU has identified several key priorities for the 2020 Oregon Legislative Session.

Capital Projects

OSU-Cascades Student Success Center: $12.9 million in state bonds, matched by an additional $5 million in student-approved fees (students have already paid over $1 million in fees for this project).

Arts & Education Complex: $35 million in state bonds, matched by an additional $35 million in donor and university funds.

Cordley Capital Renewal: $28 million state bonds for Cordley Hall Renovation (second phase), matched by an additional $28 million in university funds.

In sum, OSU is providing $68 million in matching funds for the $75.9 million in state bonding capacity that it is seeking – nearly doubling the state’s investments. $5 million of these matching funds are from student fees approved by OSU Cascades students in a 2017 campus-wide vote. To see the materials we have developed regarding OSU’s capital projects, click here (meant to be folded booklet-style).

Policy Issues

Hemp: Pursuing two bills relating the hemp.

  1. Formalize Oregon’s State Plan for hemp to comply with federal regulations under the federal Farm Bill.
  2. Establish a Hemp Commission. The state commission will enable industry funding for research and position Oregon nationally in the hemp market.

Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia (OAH): Support $1.9 million in funding to support critical OAH research (to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Ocean Science Trust, and OSU).

Campus Hunger and Housing Insecurity: Working with a coalition of stakeholders to pursue a bill that collects data about food and housing insecurity among college students.

Sports Betting: Legislation to prohibit the Oregon Lottery from extending sports betting to include college sports.

Student Athletes’ Name, Image & Likeness: Legislation to allow student athletes to be compensated for the use of their name, image or likeness. California passed similar legislation in 2019.

Improve credit transfer: Engage in legislation that seeks to facilitate the transfer of credits for students as they progress through the education continuum from high school through community colleges and universities.

Health care for part-time faculty: Legislation to establish and fund health insurance for faculty who work at multiple campuses.