OPRI News

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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OPRI Bill HB 2867 Moves to Committee

By OPRI / March 19, 2021

OPRI continues to hear from retirees who are seeing their Income Tax Remedy benefits eliminated when they inadvertently are unable to certify residency with PERS. This is why OPRI has introduced House Bill 2867. This bill would more quickly reinstate Tax Remedy Payments for retirees who are unable to timely confirm their Oregon residency prior…

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Meet the Board: Charles Luukinen

By OPRI / March 15, 2021

Charles Luukinen has spent a lifetime serving the community, both personally and professionally. For more than 20 years, he served Oregonians as a judge. He now works on behalf of public employee retirees as a member of the OPRI Board of Directors. Luukinen began his judicial career in 1986 as a District Court Judge. He…

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What to Consider if Your Power is Out

By OPRI / February 18, 2021

Use caution with alternative light and heating sources to avoid unintentional fire from candles, harmful fumes from kerosene heaters used indoors without proper ventilation or deadly carbon monoxide from use of charcoal briquettes indoors. Lock in home heat by tacking blankets over windows and doorways to keep the cold out and putting rolled towels at…

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Editorial: Gov. Brown must ensure teachers’ vaccines lead to schools reopening

By OPRI / February 3, 2021

By The Oregonian Editorial Board Gov. Kate Brown defended her decision to prioritize teachers for the COVID-19 vaccine as one of the tough calls she’s had to make amid a vaccine shortage. Reopening schools is paramount and necessitates immunizing educators, she said, pointing out the many shortcomings of remote learning, the social isolation students are experiencing…

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