Legislative News

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CARES Act Supports Housing in Oregon

June 11, 2020

On Friday, June 5, the legislature’s Joint Emergency Board met to make a series of decisions about how to spend money the state has received from the federal government as part of the CARES Act. With many newly unemployed Oregonians struggling to afford their rent or mortgage payments, OAR was pleased to see housing as the ...

OAR Phase 2 Reopening Guide

June 5, 2020

Today, 14 Oregon Counties enter Phase 2 of Oregon’s Reopening. Tomorrow, an additional 11 counties enter Phase 2.  Subject to public health guidelines, physical distancing, gathering size limits and sanitation guidelines Phase 2 activities include: recreational sports; pools; venues like movie theaters, bowling alleys, and arcades; some additional in-office work; bars and restaurants able to stay open ...

Governor Modifies CAT Tax Estimated Payment Requirements

April 27, 2020

On March 27, 2020, OAR and nearly fifty other industry groups sent a letter to Governor Brown asking her to suspend Oregon’s new Corporate Activity Tax (CAT) due to the economic fallout of the Coronavirus pandemic.

While Governor Brown has not suspended the tax, according to a letter sent Friday to Oregon Business ...

SBA Out of Funds

April 16, 2020

As of 8:00 am on April 16, 2020 the SBA EIDL and PPP programs are out of funds and not taking applications until Congress appropriates more funding, see details here.  The SBA says that EIDL applications that were already submitted will be processed on a first come, first served basis.  If you had already ...

Legislative Update for Oregon Realtors® – 2/26/2020

February 26, 2020

In the face of significant public opposition, Senate Democrats advanced the highly-controversial cap and trade bill with a parliamentary move by the Senate President to negate the no vote of fellow Democrat, Senator Betsy Johnson. Senate Republicans repeatedly stated their intent to deny a quorum without a referral to the voters of Oregon in November. Once ...

Legislative Update – February 14, 2020

February 21, 2020

HJR 203: Real Estate Transfer Tax Hearing Respond to OAR Call for Action

Oregonians resoundingly passed Measure 79 in 2012, amending the Oregon Constitution to prevent taxes on the sale or transfer of real estate property. Oregonians already pay significant taxes on their homes in the form of property taxes and did not feel it ...

Stop the Double Tax on Property in Oregon!

February 12, 2020

Feb. 10, 2020- Oregonians resoundingly passed Measure 79 in 2012, amending the Oregon Constitution to prevent taxes on the sale or transfer of real estate property. Oregonians already pay significant taxes on their homes in the form of property taxes and did not feel it was fair to be taxed again upon the sale or ...

2020 Legislative Forecast

January 30, 2020

Salem, Ore. – January 31, 2020 Legislative Forecast

The “short” 35-day legislative session begins on Monday, February 3, 2020 and will be fast and furious.  The legislature used to only meet in odd-numbered year in “long” sessions.  The “short” even-numbered year sessions were added a decade ago and pitched as being necessary for “housekeeping” and ...

Economic Summit Draws 400 Attendees

January 17, 2020

Salem, Ore., January 17, 2020 – The first-annual Oregon Housing Economic Summit (“Summit”), presented by the Oregon Home Builders Association, the Oregon Bankers Association and the Oregon Association of REALTORS® was held yesterday in Salem. The event drew over 400 participants representing the homebuilding, banking and real estate industries, as well as legislators and state and ...

Corporate Activity Goes Into Effect January 1, 2020

December 12, 2019

Some REALTORS® and brokerages have recently received a letter from the Oregon Department of Revenue reminding them that Oregon’s new Corporate Activity Tax goes into effect January 1, 2020. Here is what you need to know about the tax:

 Only applies to sales/revenue generated in Oregon Applies to all business types (including independent contractors and ...