August 2019
REALTOR® Vikki Breese-Iverson appointed House District 55 Representative 
Prineville REALTOR® and COAR member, Vikki Breese-Iverson has been appointed State Representative for House District 55. HD 55 covers parts of Crook, Deschutes, Jackson, Klamath and Lake counties, and County Commissioners from each county voted unanimously to select Vikki for the seat. Vikki was appointed to replace Mike McLane in the Legislature following his resignation on July 1 to accept an appointment by the Governor as a circuit court judge. She will fill out the remaining portion of McLane's two-year term won in Nov 2018, and also represent HD 55 in the 2020 “short session.” Congratulations, Vikki!
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$60.4 million INFRA Grant awarded to Bend north corridor project 
One of Bend’s most congested areas could see some traffic relief with a $60.4 million grant from the federal government. The funds were awarded to ODOT and will help reroute U.S. Highway 97 north of Empire Avenue. The INFRA Grant money will be paired with the $50 million award as part of the Legislature’s transportation package from 2018, as well as some local matching dollars to complete the project. REALTOR® and Bend City Councilor, Justin Livingston, joined a delegation of city, county and ODOT officials, as well as U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, to lobby for the federal funding in Washington, D.C. in May. 
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Video: Rep. Jack Zika reflects on 2019 Legislative Session
State Representative, REALTOR® and COAR president-elect, Jack Zika recently sat down with COAR to reflect on the 2019 Legislative Session. From HB 2336 – which will bring an additional 485 new homes to Redmond – to the controversial SB 608 that established statewide rent control, housing was a major issue in this last session and Jack was busy.
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HUD releases final condo rules
On August 14, 2019, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the long-awaited final rule on project approval for single-family condominiums insured by the Federal Housing Agency (FHA). After years of advocacy by NAR, HUD's final rule contains several elements that will enable more buyers to be able to use FHA-insured financing to purchase a condominium.For more information and NAR’s assessment of the rule, click the link below.
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Three more banks offer first-time home buyer savings accounts 
The number of banks and credit unions offering the First-Time Home Buyer Savings Account program is growing. The Oregon Bankers Association recently identified three new organizations offering the program, which brings the total up to five. During the 2018 Legislative Session, the Oregon Legislature took a significant step toward addressing the state’s affordable housing crisis by passing House Bill 4007, legislation supported by OAR that established the program statewide.
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RPAC video challenge contest 
Your fellow REALTORS® and recent 2019 Oregon Leadership Academy graduates took on a challenge - to create impactful videos about why it's important to support the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC). The group of 20 REALTORS® split into four teams where they wrote and starred in four original videos designed to inspire you to invest in RPAC. Now you get to be the judge and vote for the video you think is the best – invest as little as $20 to participate. All participating OAR members will also be placed into a drawing to win a trip to the NAR Annual Conference in San Francisco.
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Senate holds hearing on cannabis banking issues
On July 23rd, the Senate Banking Committee held a hearing on “Challenges for Cannabis and Banking: Outside Perspectives.” The first panel was comprised of Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), cosponsors of S. 1200, the Secure And Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, which would provide a safe harbor for financial institutions that accept funds from cannabis businesses and ancillary businesses that work with the cannabis industry. NAR sent a letter of support for the SAFE Banking Act to the Committee. The cannabis industry is especially tied to real estate – it requires land, warehouses, storefronts, etc., and many REALTORS® have clients that are in some way connected to it. Read NAR’s letter at the link below.
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Upcoming Meetings
Prineville City Council Meeting,
August 27, 6:30 PM

Madras City Council Meeting,
August 27, 7:00 PM

Deschutes County Board of Commissioners Meeting,
August 28, 10:00 AM

La Pine City Council Meeting,
August 28, 5:30 PM

Sisters City Council Meeting,
August 28, 5:30 PM

Bend Park & Recreation District Board Meeting,
September 3, 5:30 PM

Crook County Court Work Session,
September 4, 9:00 AM

Bend City Council Meeting,
September 4, 5:00 PM

Redmond City Council Meeting,
September 10, 6:00 PM

SROA Board of Directors Meeting,
September 21, 9:00 AM

Jefferson County Board of Commissioners Meeting, TBA

COAR Government Affairs Video Library
SB 608-Rent Contol
Legal Lot of Record
Bend Sign Code

Government Affairs FAQ's
Sign Code FAQs
Bend Sign Code FAQ 
LaPine Sign Code FAQ
Madras Sign Code FAQ
Prineville Sign Code FAQ
Redmond Sign Code FAQ
Sisters Sign Code FAQ
Sunriver Sign Code FAQ
Crook County Sign Code FAQ
Deschutes County Sign Code FAQ
Jefferson County Sign Code FAQ
Important Issues FAQs
Recreational Marijuana In CO FAQ
Inclusionary Zoning FAQ
Short Term Rentals FAQ
Bend Septic to Sewer
Legal Lot of Record FAQ
Real Estate Sign Locates FAQ
Rent Control FAQ

Disclosure Forms
Legal Lot of Record Advisory Notice - Seller's Notice
Legal Lot of Record Advisory Notice - Buyer's Disclosure
City of Bend Septic/Sewer Advisory Notice
Have an issue that you feel we should be monitoring or taking action on? Are you interested in getting involved in COAR's government affairs efforts? Contact COAR's Government Affairs Director, Tyler Neese, at or 541-382-6027.