Legislative update: Senate favors whistleblower bill, union axes minimum wage hike

The whistleblower bill, which will return to the House for revisions, would shield informers from reprisal. The Senate voted 28-1 on Monday in favor of the bill.

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The bill was proposed by Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, who cited former state IT manager Michael Rodgers as a “hero” who inspired House Bill 4067.

…HB 4067 now heads back to the House for final approval of slight changes made in the Senate. The House voted 59-0 this month to approve the bill. If the House again passes the bill, it would head to Gov. Kate Brown, who typically doesn’t comment on bills before signing them.

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The Raise the Wage coalition called off their campaign for the November ballot proposal to raise the minimum wage to $13.50 an hour over the next two to three years.

Senate Bill 1532, which Gov. Kate Brown has until Thursday to sign into law, will impose smaller hikes — except in metro Portland — in double the time period. The increases will differ based on three geographic regions, rather than a statewide hike, and keeps pre-emption in place that bans local governments from setting their own rates.

“While this proposal (SB 1532) diverges from our initial plan for raising the wage, it is overwhelmingly a win for Oregon workers — in large part because it gives a raise to over 100,000 minimum-wage workers this July,” Andrea Miller, executive director of Causa Oregon, one of the coalition members, said in a statement.

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