Below is a list of draft legislative proposals submitted by OSB groups for sponsorship in the 2015 session of the Oregon Legislature. The OSB Board of Governors approved the Law Improvement Package on April 25, 2014 with a request that the Public Affairs Department work with bar groups to continue to refine their proposals while working with internal and external stakeholders and relevant state agencies. We will update the website periodically. If you have any questions about these proposals or about the OSB Legislative process, please feel free to contact: Amy Zubko , Legislative Attorney, (503) 431-6317
2015 OSB Law Improvement Proposals
BOARD OF GOVERNORS: specifying reasonable notices and time to cure defaults. Also adds a nineteenth member ot the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors specifically elected by and from the out-of-state bar membership. 2. HB 2327 - Custodianship - Allows the Oregon State Bar to take custodianship of an attorney's files and trust accounts under specific circumstances. corporations are required to appear through counsel. ADMINISTRATIVE LAW SECTION: submitted to the Oregon State Bar or its designee in machine readable format. Follow-up bill to SB 52 (2013). APPELLATE PRACTICE SECTION: allow for filing and service of initiating documents by a third-party commercial carrier. BUSINESS LAW SECTION: shareholders must use to exercise dissenters' rights. Also streamlines the requirement to file a plan merger, plan of share exchange, or plan conversion. CONSUMER LAW SECTION: association fees during a redemption period from the judgment debtor to the certificate holder/purchaser. CONSUMER LAW AND DEBTOR-CREDITOR SECTION: homeowners association fees and condo association fees during a redemption period. ESTATE PLANNING SECTION: produced by the National Conference of Uniform State Laws Commission. Code). The issues covered include: the early vesting rule of trusts, the separate share rule, and the allocation of realize capital gains to distributions. FAMILY LAW SECTION: allow the former spouse of a public retirement plan holder to receive survivor or death benefits to the extent provided in a court order, even if the former spouse had not retired at the time of his or her death. documents without a formal court proceeding. Allows the former spouses to determine if there has been a change in a party's circumstances sufficient to necessitate a modification of the spousal support provisions of a divorce decree without filing with the court. PROCEDURE AND PRACTICE COMMITTEE: made in HB 2366 (2007) that may have rendered that statute inapplicable to the Oregon Tort Claims Act. TAXATION SECTION: submission of a hardship affidavit with a complaint in the regular section of the Oregon Tax Court. UNIFORM CRIMINAL JURY INSTRUCTIONS COMMITTEE: Unlawfully" in the "Burglary and Criminal Trespass" section of ORS Chapter 164 to make the wording of the statute consistent with the Supreme Court's interpretation of the statute. WORKERS COMPENSATION SECTION: employers to mail copies of a closure notice to any statutory beneficiaries of a deceased worker and establish two tiers of appeal rights: those beneficiaries who were mailed copies have 60 days to appeal a notice and those who were not mailed a copy of the closure notice have one year to appeal. Amends ORS 656.268 to expressly require payment for deposition interpreter services by the insurer or self-insured employer if necessary.