2023 Legislative Session concludes after dramatic session

By OPRI / July 19, 2023

The 2023 Oregon legislative session proved to be one of the most chaotic and dramatics sessions in recent memory. The full 160-day session began with significant political changes in the Capitol.   For the first time in several years, Democratic dominance in the legislature was tempered slightly as Republicans gained just enough seats in the 2022…

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What to know about legislative bills impacting PERS retirees this session

By OPRI / April 26, 2023

As a voice for member PERS retirees, OPRI continues to be active on the legislative front. Since the 2023 Legislative session began in January, OPRI has been monitoring a number of bills that would impact PERS retiree benefits. There are a number of bills that could have a positive impact on PERS members, including: HB…

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Legislators consider bills impacting PERS retirees

By OPRI / March 15, 2023

For decades, OPRI has been fighting legislative and political battles on behalf of our members, giving you a voice in Salem and protecting your hard-earned benefits. This work continues this session as OPRI is tracking a number of bills that could impact PERS retiree benefits. Here are some of the bills we are watching this…

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OPRI weighs in on fossil fuel divestment bill

By OPRI / February 17, 2023

OPRI offered testimony on bill that would require the Oregon State Treasury to divest from certain fossil fuel investments has been introduced for the 2023 session. HB 2601 would change the way the Treasury invests Oregon Public Employee Retirement Funds (OPERF), directing them to exit from certain carbon-intensive investments and modify future investment options. Supporters…

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OPRI Supports Winning Candidates in May Primary Election

By OPRI / May 18, 2022

The Oregon PERS Retiree PAC was proud to support legislative candidates during the May primary election on May 17, 2022. We are pleased to report that a majority of the candidates OPRI supported were successful in their primary races. Representative Bobby Levy won her primary election in House District 58. With no opponent in November,…

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Where Do You Stand?

By OPRI / May 5, 2022

During the 2022 legislative session, HB 4115 was introduced to require the Oregon Investment Council to publish a complete list of all assets held in investment funds. The primary purpose of HB 4115 was to evaluate the financial risk associated with fossil fuel investments. The bill passed the House, but ran out of time to…

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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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