The Oregon Senate voted 17-11 Tuesday to make Oregon the first state in the nation to adopt statewide rent control and make it harder for landlords to evict tenants without a reason.
Sen. Shemia Fagan, D-Portland, who recently unseated an incumbent in a race dominated by housing, opened the floor debate with a story she often told on the campaign trail: She was 15 and showed up at a large Victorian-style house in East Portland to visit her mother, who was struggling with addiction issues. It turned out her mother lived beneath the large house, not inside.
“Instead of walking up the steps, she dropped to all fours and crawled into the porch and she invited us into her home,” Fagan told her Senate colleagues.
Fagan told her fellow lawmakers the rent control measure was personal to her but also about “making it easier for our neighbors who are working hard and playing by the rules to stay in their homes.” She noted Oregon’s high rate of homeless children.
Democrats have made it clear this bill is a priority and, with a majority in both chambers, its sponsors are moving it at a breakneck speed through the Legislature.
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BY LAUREN DAKE | February 12, 2019
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