“This one-time additional money will help add teachers back into our classrooms, instruction days to the calendar and address the rising cost of tuition for our college students,” said Rep. Mike McLane (R – Powell Butte) the House Republican Leader. “It also provides dedicated funding for mental health programs in Oregon.”

Specifically, for the 2013-15 biennium HB 5101, the Stability for Schools and Seniors Act, adds $100 million to the State School Fund for K-12 education; $25 million to the Oregon University system; $15 million to the Community College Support Fund; and $20 million to the Oregon Health Authority for mental health services. The measure also provided a budget note for the higher education funding indicating that the money should be used to freeze or limit the increases in tuition and fees for the second year of the biennium. For the Oregon University System, it targets those tuition limits to resident undergraduate students.

 The measure appropriates the money raised by the passage of HB 3601. Both bills were part of the package of legislation being considered by the Oregon Legislature during the special session called by Governor John Kitzhaber.

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News release from Rep. Mike McLane:

 

OREGON HOUSE PASSES BILL GIVING AGRICULTURE

GREATER CERTAINTY IN SEED AND CROP LAWS

SALEM, OR The Oregon House of Representatives passed SB 863 today, the Certainty for Family Farmers of Oregon Act, in an effort to provide Oregon’s farm economy greater certainty regarding seed and crop regulations. The bill requires an Oregon policy related to seeds and crops be implemented statewide and prohibits such regulation at the county or city level.

“A patchwork of regulations across the state is bad for our agriculture economy. Oregon’s farmers need certainty,” said Rep. Mike McLane (R – Powell Butte) the House Republican Leader.

The measure exempts counties that have already qualified a ballot measure on the issue, specifically Jackson County. If the Jackson County measure fails, however, the county would no longer be exempt.

McLane's closing statement in the House as the special session drew to a close is online at: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_c0cuVhWWs&feature=youtu.be