SALEM, OR — A controversial rent control bill that passed the Oregon Senate this week would hurt rental tenants, according to one local lawmaker. State Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend) says SB 608 will not improve the affordable housing crisis, “This bill, I don’t think actually solves the problem. I think, in several ways, I think it’s going to make the problem worse for the very people that the proponents are trying to help.”

The bill passed 17-11, with Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) joining Republicans in opposition. Knopp says it was rushed through with no discussion of possible changes. Housing Committee Vice Chair Fred Girod (R-Stayton) offered five amendments, one of which would have allowed property owners time to prepare before the legislation takes effect; but none was considered. Knopp tells KBND News, “This bill doesn’t do anything to add supply of new units to the mix, and it was done by special interests on both sides who agreed on the bill before the hearing even happened, and they wouldn’t allow any changes to the bill and I think that’s a disturbing trend that every Oregonian should be concerned about.”

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