Today, the Oregon Senate passed HB 2700—the class action accountability bill— by a vote of 17-13. That means the bill is now headed to Governor Kate Brown’s desk for her signature.
Thanks to your support and the grassroots advocacy of hundreds of other Oregonians, the Legislature voted to close the loophole that allows at-fault corporations to avoid paying the full penalty ordered by a court when they injure or defraud someone.
Because of you, big corporations will no longer be able to duck their responsibilities and avoid paying millions in penalties that they owe Oregon consumers.
I was proud to co-sponsor this bill with my colleague Representative Tobias Read. We are grateful to the 50 courageous legislators in the House and Senate who joined us in voting for HB 2700. These men and women stood up to tough corporate pressure and did the right thing for Oregon families and consumers.
You can thank these pro-consumer legislators by signing our card today.
When Governor Brown signs HB 2700 into law, our state will finally stop letting corporations who injured or ripped off Oregonians off the hook.
In the years ahead, remaining class action funds will go to Legal Aid of Oregon to provide services to needy citizens who cannot afford private lawyers and to appropriate charities designated by the judge in each case.
We hear a lot about elected officials when they disappoint us. I think it’s also important to recognize committed public servants when they do the right thing. . . .
/s/ Representative Jennifer Williamson