2017 Legislative Session Progress

Oregon was the 5th state to introduce the Healthy Workplace Bill

  • In 2017, two bills were filed prior to the start of the season. Both the House and Senate bills were filed at the request of committees.
  • The bills, SB 292 and HB 2167, are identical "companion" bills. Both create "unlawful employment practice and violation of Oregon Safe Employment Act for creating or maintaining abusive work environment." They cover both private and public sector employees and employers.
  • See the text of SB 292: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB292/Introduced
  • The committee to which SB 292 will likely be assigned to the Senate Committee on Workforce. Members of that committee are listed below. Please contact the Chair and all members, encouraging them to schedule a public hearing for SB 292, the "abusive work environment" bill.
  • HB 2167 was assigned to the House Committee on Business and Labor. Members of that committee are listed below. Please contact the Chair and all members, encouraging them to schedule a public hearing for HB 2197, the "abusive work environment" bill.
  • See the text of HS 2167: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB2167/Introduced
  • Please contact the State Coordinator below for more information regarding this state.

The House Committee on Business and Labor

Name District Phone E-mail Website
Rep. Paul Holvey (D-8), Chair   D-8 503-986-1408 Rep.PaulHolvey@oregonlegislature.gov Here
Rep. Greg Barreto (R-58)   R-58 503-986-1458 rep.gregbarreto@state.or.us Here
Rep. Janelle Bynum (D-51)   D-51 503-986-1451 Rep.JanelleBynum@oregonlegislature.gov Here
Rep. Margaret Doherty (D-35)   D-35 503-986-1435 Rep.MargaretDoherty@state.or.us Here
Rep. Paul Evans (D-20)   D-20 503-986-1420 rep.paulevans@state.or.us Here
Rep. Julie Fahey (D-14)   D-20 503-986-1414 Rep.JulieFahey@oregonlegislature.gov Here
Rep. Jodi Hack (R-19)   R-19 503-986-1419 rep.jodihack@state.or.us Here
Rep. Dallas Heard (R-2)   R-20 503-986-1402 rep.dallasheard@state.or.us Here
Rep. Bill Kennemer (R-39)   R-39 503-986-1439 Rep.BillKennemer@state.or.us Here

Senate Committee on Workforce

Name District Phone E-mail Website
Sen. Kathleen Taylor (D-21), Chair   D-21 503-986-1421 sen.kathleentaylor@oregonlegislature.gov Here
Sen. Tim Knopp (R-27)   R-27 503-986-1427 Sen.TimKnopp@oregonlegislature.gov Here
Sen. Sara Gelser (D-8)   D-8 503-986-1408 sen.kathleentaylor@oregonlegislature.gov Here
Sen. Bill Hansell (R-29)   R-29 503-986-1429 Sen.BillHansell@state.or.us Here
Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson (D-25)   D-25 503-986-1425 Sen.LaurieMonnesAnderson@oregonlegislature.gov Here

Bill History


Sen. Ginny Burdick introduced SB 727 It was referred to the Judiciary Committee. No hearing was held.


SB 1035 was introduced by Sen. Avel Gordly (now retired). Testimony at the April 2007 public hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee was given by several bullied targets, representing the Oregon Healthy Workplace Advocates, and Dr. Gary Namie. The bill was also heard later by the Senate Rules Committee but failed to advance in either committee.


Two versions of the WBI-LC Healthy Workplace Bill were introduced. HB 2639 by (then Rep. Jackie Dingfelder and HB 2410 (then Rep.) Diane Rosenbaum. No committee hearings were held.

Audio & Video


On April 18, 2007, the Senate Rules Committee heard testimony about the workplace bullying bill, SB 1035. No committee vote was ever taken.

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