Oregon redistricting maps go to the courts

By OPRI / November 2, 2021

Under accusations of gerrymandering, two lawsuits have been filed challenging the newly redrawn Oregon congressional and legislative redistricting maps in court. Both suits contend that the new maps do not follow redistricting criteria set out in state law. The first suit, filed by four Republican former leaders, challenges the newly redrawn Congressional map and takes…

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Social Security COLA rises for 2022

By OPRI / October 21, 2021

Those receiving Social Security benefits will see a 5.9% increase in benefits. The 2022 COLA – cost-of-living adjustment – will add about $92 a month to the average retirement benefit. This is the largest increase in decades. The annual Social Security COLA is adjusted each year for inflation. The 2021 increase was just 1.3 percent.…

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OPRI Releases 2021 Legislative Report

By OPRI / June 29, 2021

OPRI is pleased to share our 2021 Legislative Session report. It is a pleasure to represent the interests of PERS retirees with the legislature. You can view the full report here.

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HB 2875 Passes the Senate

By OPRI / June 22, 2021

This morning, HB 2875 cleared its final hurdle and passed the Senate on a 24-5 vote! The passage of this bill is the culmination of three years of working with the PERS Agency and multiple legislative sessions. We are proud to see this bill move to Governor Brown’s desk for her signature. OPRI would like…

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Meet the Board: Jay Osborne

By OPRI / June 17, 2021

Long-time OPRI Board chair, Jay Osborne, got his start in advocacy while working at the North Clackamas School District. But what started out as a stopgap job became a career and led to a lifetime of representing the interests of state employees, and now retirees. After spending 20 years as a home furnishings coordinator, Jay…

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HB 2875 Passes the House

By OPRI / June 16, 2021

Today, HB 2875 passed the House on a 58-0 vote! The bill now goes before the Senate for a final vote. This is the final step in making HB 2875 a reality. Contact your Senator today and let them know this is an important bill for protecting PERS retiree benefits and urge them to vote…

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HB 2875 Moves to Floor for Final Vote

By OPRI / June 11, 2021

HB 2875 is now one step closer to becoming a reality! HB 2875 passed out of the Joint Ways and Means Committee today. The bill now heads to the Floor for a vote by the legislature. This is an important bill for protecting PERS retiree benefits. Contact your legislator today and let them know that…

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HB 2875 Passes Out of Subcommittee

By OPRI / June 8, 2021

This afternoon, HB 2875 passed out of the Subcommittee On General Government on a unanimous vote. The bill now heads to the full Joint Ways and Means Committee for a vote this Friday. This is an important bill for protecting PERS retiree benefits. Contact the committee today and let them know that you support HB…

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Send Your Letter of Support for HB 2875

By OPRI / June 3, 2021

We are asking OPRI members to send an email or letter of support for HB 2875. This bill is important for protecting the hard-earned benefits of PERS members. It would do two things: HB 2875 would allow retirees to more quickly reinstate Tax Remedy Payments if they are unable to confirm their Oregon residency by…

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OPRI Legislative Bills Move Forward

By OPRI / April 8, 2021

PERS legislation took a step forward today as bills impacting members passed out of committee. OPRI’s two priority bills – HB 2867 and HB 2375 – were combined into a single bill, HB 2875, which was passed out of the House Committee on Business and Labor. HB 2867 was introduced by OPRI as a way…

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