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Oregon voters elected Kate Brown to a second term as Oregon’s governor. In the Legislature, Democrats won supermajorities in both the House with 38 seats and the Senate with 18 seats.

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The final rules to regulate air toxics and limits on industrial air emissions were released November 1.

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Oregon OSHA is proposing many changes to the Division 1 rules. The most substantive changes are to OAR 437-001-0096 regarding Red Warning Notices and the penalty for removing such notices.

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The Workers’ Compensation Division (WCD) of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) is discussing changes to administrative rules for procedural rules, rulemaking, hearings, and attorney fees. 

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Committee chairs play an important role at Oregon Business & Industry (OBI), helping members collaborate and develop policy positions. We recently sat down with Tom Wood, an attorney at Stoel Rives and co-chair of the OBI Air Steering Committee.

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The United States, Canada, and Mexico reached an agreement on an updated NAFTA – now called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – at the end of last month.

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Oregon Business & Industry (OBI) PAC has taken positions on three ballot measures that will be on the November ballot, two statewide measures and one Portland initiatives with statewide implications. All three address revenue and spending issues.

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The Oregon Business & Industry (OBI) candidate political action committee (PAC) has focused its efforts for the 2018 general election on defending House and Senate seats held by pro-business candidates.

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When Freres Lumber Company was founded in the Santiam Canyon in 1922, the timber industry drove Oregon’s economy. Sitting in the middle of one of the richest supplies of timber in the United States, Freres was well-positioned for success.

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The SAIF board of directors announced a dividend payable during October to its eligible policyholders with policy expiration dates in 2017. 

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