Protect Local Control: NO on HB 3023-A and NO on Section 67 of Amendment -21 to HB 3427


Section 67 in a proposed amendment to the “Student Success Bill” (HB3427-21) would prevent local governments from imposing gross receipts taxes or surcharges. Section 67 of amendment -21 takes control from local governments to fund local priorities. It’s a corporate-backed, poison pill amendment intended to weaken support for the Student Success Bill. We must oppose it.

If the bill passes with this amendment, we don't know how it could impact the Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF), but it will take away local control from future local initiatives throughout the state to fund important community driven initiatives.

Simultaneously, Lyft and Uber want to take away local authority to regulate ride sharing. If the state passes “The Lyft Bill,” (HB3023-A) cities across Oregon will lose the ability to regulate ride shares how our local elected officials see fit. We can’t let Oregon’s local governments lose this authority.

Can we count on you to send an email to your legislator and connect with the committee members on Joint Committee on Student Success and House Committee on Revenue and let them know you oppose Section 67 of the -21 amendment on HB 3427 and oppose HB 3023-A?

Use the form at the right to email legislators saying: preserve local control!

More details on the bills below:

House Bill 3427, -21 amendments, Section 67:

SECTION 67. Local taxes preempted. (1) Except as expressly authorized by this section, the authority to impose, in this state, a tax upon the commercial activity of an entity is vested solely in the Legislative Assembly. A city, county, district or other political subdivision or municipal corporation of this state may not impose, by ordinance or other law, a tax upon commercial activity.“(2) Subsection (1) of this section does not apply to any tax, or to the subsequent amendment of the provisions of any tax, if the ordinance or other law imposing the tax is in effect and operative on March 1, 2019.

Talking Points

  • The bill will raise much needed revenue for education, but the -21 amendments contain a concerning provision.

  • SECTION 67 would preempt any local jurisdictions or citizen initiative petitions from raising revenue through gross receipts taxes or surcharges

  • This sets a dangerous precedent that endangers local control over how to raise revenue and prevents citizens from making revenue decisions for their own communities

  • If Section 67 remains in HB 3427 our community will not be able to raise needed money for local initiatives.

  • I urge you to protect the ability for our local community to make our own decisions about revenue and remove SECTION 67 from the bill's -21 amendments

  • Legislative preemption over local jurisdictions is a worrying trend that Oregon should not be a part of. We must stand strong to support allowing our local communities to make  their own decisions about how to raise revenue.

Lyft Bill - 3023-A

HB 3023-A, a bill addressing transportation network companies (TNCs), is currently making its way through the state legislature. We must stop this as it undermines undermines the local jurisdictions like the City of Portland’s authority to protect our communities and the places we live, work, learn, practice spiritually and play.

If passed, this is a clear indication that  TNC industry are setting state policy and operating with little regulation or oversight in your community.

Talking Points:

  • If passed, it will eliminate and would preempt any local jurisdictions municipalities in the State of Oregon, to regulate companies like Uber and Lyft with regards to driver background and vehicle safety checks, insurance, and more. A big concern to public safety!

  • It places the burden of additional insurance (and the determination of how much that insurance policy should be) on drivers. It also allows TNCs to provide just the bare minimum of uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage.

  • It does not guarantee equal access to transportation choices for individuals with disabilities.TNCs don't believe the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to their industry, leaving cities and municipalities to try to fill the gap.

    • Not only would this bill expressly exempt cities and municipalities from having to offer accessible options, but the cap placed on the surcharge is so low it would not allow cities to fund programs that try to fill this gap.

    • TNCs should be required to comply with the ADA, and this disregard for federal law and civil rights is profoundly concerning.

    • It does not prohibit surge pricing in any way and under any circumstances, therefore limiting user  protections.

    • It exempts all records from public record law, including information relating to complaints against a company or driver.

    • It eliminates the ability for cities to know how many drivers are operating in the city and how that is impacting pollution and other environmental justice concerns.

    • It adds a two-cent surcharge on TNC rides in vehicles that are not electric--but only beginning in 2026. This is too little too late. We are in a ecological, economic and crisis of empire, and we action now, not in 2026

    • The make- up of HB 3023-A undermines meaningful engagement as this bill was created by TNC’s for TNC’s

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