CORONAVIRUS, Government, Oregon

Legislature passes COVID-19, wildfire bills during one day session

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley

The Oregon Legislature passed a group of spending bills providing a six-month extension to the moratorium on evictions, allowing restaurants and bars to sell cocktails to go, financial relief for Oregonians following last summer’s wildfire devastation, and removing financial liability from damages claims for schools during the public health crisis.

House Bill 4401 provided the extension on rent moratoriums through June 2021, averting what many observers say was an eviction crisis brought on by unemployment following the spring 2020 COVID-19 lockdown. 

The bill requires landlords to forgive 20 percent of individual rents due in order for the state to reimburse the remaining 80 percent. Many lawmakers . . .

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