Earned Sick Days
The bill passed out of the Senate Health Committee on a party-line vote; it now goes to the Ways and Means Committee for fiscal costing. Interestingly, those opposed tried to amend the bill to exclude part-time workers and agricultural workers. These attempts failed and the final bill, with labor endorsed amendments, passed on a three to two person vote. We appreciate the great work by Senator Dembrow on shepherding this bill through the committee. We anticipate the Oregon House will now take up the same legislation sometime next week.
Our bill to add two Pharmacy Technicians to the Oregon Board of Pharmacy, creating a nine member board, won the support of the Senate Health Committee on a four to one person vote. Senator Tim Knopp from Bend was the only opposition. The bill is not supported by the Chair of the Board of Pharmacy, but enjoys support from the Governor’s Office as well as the House and Senate Leadership. The bill will go to the Senate floor next Tuesday.