The Oregon Senate on Tuesday approved a proposal for a first-of-its-kind statewide rent control policy, as well as new restrictions on evictions without cause.
Senate Bill 608 breezed through the Senate after a single committee hearing with the support of a Democratic majority. The 17-11 vote went mostly along party lines, but Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, voted against the bill.
It now heads to the Oregon House, where it’s expected to have an equally friendly reception; the House in 2017 approved a bill that would have let cities set their own rent control policies, but that bill never reached the Senate floor. SB608 is co-sponsored by House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, and has the support of Gov. Kate Brown.