How Might 2023 State Legislative Sessions Impact Bioscience in Oregon and Southwest Washington?

The 2023 Oregon Legislative Session commenced this month with the swearing-in of a new Governor, a new Senate President, and almost 30 new Legislators across both chambers. Oregon Bio is analyzing over two thousand new bills and developing a strategy to protect our members’ interests while advancing our biotech ecosystem in Oregon.

Tina Kotek takes over as Governor of Oregon, continuing to articulate an agenda that envisions addressing housing and homelessness, behavioral health, education outcomes, and retaining and recruiting manufacturing, most notably, semiconductors. In addition, her agenda presents opportunities on issues Oregon Bio has worked on for several years, including tools to recruit and retain manufacturers and incentives like research and development tax credits.

The are plenty of new faces, even as Democrats return with solid majorities in both chambers: 35-25 in the House and a 17-13 advantage in the Senate. The biggest change isn’t in the political balance per…
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