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Legislative Update

The most valuable part of your membership with ORPHCC is our ability to represent the interests of our industry in the state of Oregon.  Whether it is the marbled halls of our state Capitol, or the cubicle-forest of the Building Codes Division in West Salem, ORPHCC advances and protects the interests of plumbing, heating and cooling contractors.

In the halls of the Capitol, ORPHCC always has a seat at the table.  As an association which represents both union and open shops, we are a valuable resource to both Republican and Democratic Legislators.  And, our lobbyist has been roaming the halls of the Capitol since 1987, so he has the experience and relationships to get things done.

photo2.JPGORPHCC also has a strong and positive relationship with the regulators at the Building Codes Division.




And they’re off...for a two week vacation
By Darrell Fuller

State Rep. Wayne Krieger (R-Gold Beach) is the “dean” of the Oregon House of Representatives.  This means he has served longer than any other person currently in the House.  His first session started in January, 2001.  Because of this distinction, he was elected unanimously by the House to serve as the Temporary Speaker of the House when they organized on the morning of January 12, 2015.

The House is organized every odd-numbered January based on the previous November’s election results.

As I listened to Rep. Krieger’s introduction it struck me:  I’ve served as a lobbyist in the Oregon Capitol since 1996.  So, not a single person in the House of Representatives has been there longer than I have.  (I actually started at the Capitol as an intern in 1987 while attending Willamette University).

More startling is that I am by no means the “dean” of lobbyists.  Not even close.  There are easily three dozen or more lobbyists who have served longer than I have.  Some of them have a decade more time in the marbled halls of the Capitol than I do.

Having officially started the session in a half day of pomp and circumstance on January 12th, the politicians are now taking a much needed two week vacation.  They will return to Salem February 2nd and the real hard work will begin then.

Part of the opening ceremonies is publicly releasing all of the bills (bills are proposals to create a new law, or change or remove an existing law) which have been written since the last time the legislature met.  Politicians, lobbyists, agency heads, reporters and others are all sifting through a foot-high stack of proposals numbering 1,433.  And those are just the start.  By the time the Legislature concludes in late June or early July, more than 4,000 bills will be introduced for discussion and debate.  Only a fraction of them will actually get a public hearing before a committee and even fewer will actually become law.

Otto von Bismarck reportedly once quipped, “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.”

Ignore him and watch the legislative process closely.  They won’t pass any laws that guarantee your business makes a profit.  But they can (and often do) pass laws that impact your bottom line. 


Steve Houston, an ORPHCC Board Member, testified before the Plumbing Board on October 18th on proposed changed to the Plumbing Specialty Code.  Houston was one of only two plumbers representing the industry on a special panel reviewing FOG issues.  As part of a cooperative agreement with sewer purveyors, ORPHCC, BCD and other stakeholders supported some changes to the Plumbing Code in exchange for the sewer purveyors agreeing to not create additional hook-up regulations beyond the Plumbing Code. 


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