The Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) and OACES kicked off the 2024 legislative “short” session on Feb. 5, with a full day of internal policy meetings followed by our 2nd Annual Open House.

Monday, Feb. 19, was the “first chamber deadline,” meaning policy bills that have not been voted on in the policy committee in their chamber of origin will not move forward this session. All AOC top-priority issues are currently poised for passage, and AOC has successfully advocated for amendments to mitigate concerns as needed.

This includes OACES priority, Senate Bill 1566  – county right of way permit fee authority. SB 1566 is the product of an interim work group made up of county commissioners, county transportation staff, and utility representatives. This compromise bill lifts the statutory preemption on counties from charging fees for permits to gas, water, electric, and communication utilities for work in our right of way. SB 1566 was heard in the Joint Committee on Transportation on Thursday, Feb. 8, a work session was held on Tuesday, Feb. 20, adopting the -8 Amendments to remove wastewater as a newly covered utility (per current ORS 758.010) and add more clarity to the 15-day permit timeline requirements. With SB 1566 adopted by the Joint Committee, it is now headed to the Senate and House floors for full consideration of passage.

Bills are starting to move across the House and Senate floors for consideration in their second chamber to meet the impending “second chamber deadline” on Feb. 29. Stay tuned for additional action alerts and a session update around the second chamber deadline.

Please mark your calendars for the March 28 OACES regular virtual meeting where AOC staff will provide a session update and recap.

Click on the button below for a list of all the OACES bills AOC is tracking this session, and please do not hesitate to reach out to your AOC legislative affairs and county road program teams.

OACES Bill Tracker