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New laws
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People who have a disabled person
parking permit will be able to legally
park in spaces reserved by a road au-
thority for residents of a neighborhood,
thanks to an additional line of text add-
ed through SB 438.
Those permits already come with
other parking privileges, including the
ability to park in a metered parking spot
without paying the meter and to ignore
time restrictions in some parking zones.
In an emergency situation, SB 107 ex-
empts natural gas utility vehicles from
violations of parking, stopping or leav-
ing a vehicle in a roadway. It also ex-
empts electric utility vehicles from
those violations if it is responding to a
downed or arcing power line.
For a natural gas utility vehicle to
qualify for the exemption, an immediate
investigation of a potential natural gas
leak must be needed and the vehicle’s
emergency-responder status must be
Electric utility vehicles can also be
exempted if it is assisting in an emer-
gency situation with an emergency ve-
hicle present at its location.
Boating safety education change
Since 1999, new boat owners have
been able to operate their boats for 60
days before needing to obtain a boating
safety education card.
That provision was removed this year
through HB 2078.
The bill also removed a provision that
allowed nonresidents to operate a boat
with more than 10 horsepower for less
than 60 consecutive days without a
boating safety education card.
The minimum standard for Oregon
boating education cards is consistent
with National Association of State Boat-
ing Law Administrators standards.
‘Idaho stop’ allowed for bicyclists
The so-called “Idaho stop” will come
to Oregon in 2020, which allows for bi-
cyclists to treat stop signs or flashing
red lights as yield signs and continue
through the an intersection without
In place of this, SB 998 created a new
traffic violation for bicyclists who de-
ploy the “Idaho stop” unsafely. A viola-
tion would occur if a bicyclist failed to:
yield to traffic in or approaching the in-
tersection, obey a police officer or traffic
flagger; exercise care to avoid an acci-
dent; or yield right of way to a pedestri-
A bicyclist would face a Class D traffic
The law’s namesake state first adopt-
ed the provision in 1982, but no other
states followed suit until 2017.
Since then, several states have creat-
ed similar laws, including Delaware,
Colorado and Arkansas. Despite more
than a decade of effort in California, the
state has yet to move forward on an
“Idaho stop” law.
Improper drone use penalties
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Building on a law passed in 2016 that
created penalties for the reckless use of
an unmanned aircraft — or drone — the
Legislature in 2019 added a Class A mis-
demeanor for intentionally exhibiting
dangerous behavior with a drone.
These behaviors include directing a
laser at an aircraft while its flying,
crashing into a flying aircraft or pre-
venting the takeoff or landing of an air-
The new law also elevates a subse-
quent conviction for recklessness from
a Class A violation to a Class A misde-
Upon a subsequent conviction, the
drone will be forfeited.
Private flyers launching drones is a
common problem during wildfire sea-
son, which has the effect of keeping
planes or helicopters used for firefight-
ing out of the skies.
Expansion of hunting tag
Previously described as a “once in a
lifetime” hunting opportunity, the Ore-
gon Legislature in 2019 established that
a person was eligible to receive a hunt-
ing tag for female mountain sheep re-
gardless of whether they had previously
been issued a tag.
Any tags issued would be for popula-
tion control, thus the specification of
female mountain sheep in HB 2071.
The expectation is that ewe hunts
would be rare and the first choice would
be relocation of sheep entering into re-
gions that may put them at risk of con-
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tracting domestic sheep diseases.
A second new law from the Legisla-
ture increased the maximum percent-
age of nonresident tags issued by ran-
dom drawing that could be granted for
hunting of black bear and cougar.
Nonresidents could now make up a
maximum of 5 percent of tags, up from 3
Adoption for research animals
Research facilities that use cats or
dogs in laboratory research will be re-
quired after Jan. 1 to put the cat or dog
up for adoption before euthanizing it,
provided that euthanization is not nec-
essary for health or safety purposes.
The adoption can be proffered
through a private process or through an
animal shelter.
The law requires research facilities to
report annually to the Secretary of
State’s Office information including:
number of cats and dogs owned, num-
ber of cats and dogs used for research,
and number of cats and dogs released to
animal shelters.
Several research facilities in Oregon
are known to use animals in research,
including Oregon Health and Science
University, Oregon State University and
University of Oregon.
The dogs and cats used for research
in Oregon number in the several dozen,
according to 2017 data from the U.S. De-
partment of Agriculture.
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Jan. 10.
Teague said in a statement to the
Statesman Journal: “We understand our
union staff ’s frustrations and anxiety
about the length of time it has taken to
get this compensation to them. The de-
partment is working to get this pay in-
crease to staff affected as quickly as
possible. The department is also look-
ing into what caused this delay.”
After a job reclassification in July of
the direct support crisis specialists
working in the Stabilization and Crisis
Unit, DHS originally said pay increases
would be noted and back pay sent to
employees in September. The collective
bargaining agreement was ratified in
On Oct. 16, during a contract training
with nearly 100 people present, officials
with DAS promised Nov. 1 as the new
date, but if that was missed, added the
compensation would absolutely be de-
livered by Dec. 1, according to Brown
and McCredy.
They said DAS described it as
“Christmas money.”
When it didn’t arrive Dec. 1, that put
some employees in a difficult position
because they were counting on the
money to help pay for the holidays.
Dee Corp of Aurora said she had to
borrow about $600 for Christmas from
her mother, Deb Larson, who also works
in the Stabilization and Crisis Unit. Corp
and Larson say they are each owed more
than $1,000.
Corp described the work as tiring and
dangerous. Employees can be mandat-
ed to work back-to-back 8-hour shifts if
too few people show up to work. Some
log between 50 and 100 hours of over-
time each month.
The goal with the homes is to provide
a safe space for those with intellectual
or developmental disabilities to be sta-
bilized and eventually re-introduced to
society. Some people in the homes are
violent, while others are almost entirely
self-sufficient and just need occasional
help and reminders from staff, Corp
“It’s rough. But we love what we do,”
she said. “You can’t exactly hire some-
body straight off the street to come in
and do what we do.”
Contact reporter Connor Radnovich
or 503-399-6864, or follow him on Twit-
ter at @CDRadnovich
Limited entry, fees for Three
Sisters, Mount Jefferson, Mount
Washington wilderness areas
head — will be a major change for hikers,
backpackers and equestrians.
Cost of entering Crater Lake
National Park increases
Cost of fishing and hunting license
hits final increase in 2020
The cost to see the deepest lake in the
United States will have almost doubled
in two short years when visitors arrive
in 2020.
On Jan. 1, it will cost $30 per vehicle
and $25 per motorcycle to visit the park
with annual park passes going for $55.
Less than two years ago, it was $15
per vehicle and $10 per motorcycle with
an annual park pass going for $40.
The increase is part of a nationwide
effort to cover local and national de-
ferred park maintenance and other pro-
jects, officials said in a news release.
Park Superintendent Craig Acker-
man said the money would go toward a
number of projects including improving
trails and bathrooms to expanding
parking at popular Cleetwood Cove
Eighty percent of entrance fees are
used at Crater Lake while the other 20
percent of entry fee income helps other
parks, officials said.
Crater Lake has seen a major increase
in visits over the past five years.
Christina Brown, the president of AFSCME Local 1246, and others rally outside
the Oregon Department of Human Services in Salem Tuesday. ANNA
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The bill passed the Oregon Senate 17-
11 and the Oregon House 36-24 before
being signed by Oregon Gov. Kate
Priscilla Macy, regional coordinator
for American Whitewater, said she
started out skeptical of the proposed
fees but came around to supporting the
“Hunters, anglers and motorized us-
ers already pay fees to support access,
services and facilities for outdoor recre-
ation on public lands and waterways,”
she said. “Paying $30 every two years
into a dedicated fund that will result in
improved services, increased advocacy
and support improvements to public
waterways access in Oregon seems like
a reasonable way to contribute our fair
For rivers that already have a permit
system in place — including parts of the
Rogue, Deschutes or John Day rivers — a
waterway access permit isn’t required.
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tional money was not included.
That sparked a small rally at the DHS
building in Salem on Tuesday.
“My members rely on me to take care
of them,” Christina Brown, president of
Oregon AFSCME Local 1246, said from
the building’s steps. “I don’t want to be
made a fool of by the state of Oregon, a
state which I love.”
The purpose of the rally was to deliv-
er a letter to Belinda Teague, DHS hu-
man resources director, expressing dis-
may that back pay would not be deliv-
ered by Jan. 2.
Some of the demonstrators later had
a meeting with Teague and other DHS
During the meeting, DHS officials
said they had a team working on getting
hard checks in employees’ hands by the
second week of January, according to
McCredy, who was present.
Union members also were told that
375 affected employees were identified
as still needing back pay, McCredy said.
Between 500 and 550 employees were
reclassified this summer.
“It’s disappointing they’re not going
to stick to their original commitment,”
McCredy said, “but our goal is to get our
members paid.”
DHS spokeswoman Stone said the
new target date to get checks to staff is
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Perhaps the biggest change of 2020
is the “limited entry permit” system
coming to three of Oregon’s most pop-
ular wilderness areas.
In May, the U.S. Forest Service ap-
proved a system that will use permits to
limit the number of people allowed into
the Three Sisters, Mount Jefferson and
Mount Washington wilderness areas
with a quota system.
Spurred by rapidly increasing
crowds, garbage and damage, the quota
system applies to anyone who wants to
stay overnight in the 450,000 acres of
backcountry and begin a day-hike from
19 of the most popular trailheads.
That means you’ll need one of a lim-
ited number of permits to hike South
Sister or Broken Top and camp at Jeffer-
son Park next season.
The cost of the permits — and exactly
how they’ll be delivered — is currently
being hashed out. A current proposal
asks for around $4 to $11 per person, per
Either way, the need to get a special
permit — not just fill one out at the trail-
For the past six years, the cost to fish
and hunt has gradually increased by
small amounts, with 2020 bring the fi-
nal year of the slow uptick.
A fishing license will cost Oregonians
$44 in 2020, up from $41 last year and
$33 in 2014. A hunting license will reach
$34.50, up from $29.50 in 2014.
The cost of tags is also going up. An
adult angling tag — required if fishing
for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon or hali-
but — will reach $46, up from $40.50 in
2019 and $26.50 in 2014.
The increase was fueled by a $32 mil-
lion shortfall in the Oregon Department
of Fish and Wildlife budget back in 2014,
caused in part by the long-term decline
of anglers and hunters buying licenses.
Since that time, the agency cut costs
and looked for ways to avoid raising li-
cense fees. ODFW numbers show that
the number of fishing and hunting li-
censes purchased has increased since
See COSTS, Page 3A