BRIEF | ADVOCACY UPDATE
YOUR ASSOCIATION ON THE FRONT LINES PROTECTING THE INDUSTRY
Oregon’s 79th Legislative Assembly will convene February 5, 2018. With only 35 days to conduct business, ORLA is encouraging the Oregon Legislature to focus on housekeeping issues and not tackle any major legislation.
Fair Payment of Lodging Taxes by Lodging Intermediaries – ORLA, in partnership with the League of Oregon Cities, will be pursuing a legislative fix to make sure online travel platforms like Airbnb pay all applicable lodging taxes when they are collecting payment for the lodging stays.
Fighting Against Additional Labor Regulations – Small businesses in Oregon are still adjusting to increasing minimum wage rates, paid sick leave, and Oregon’s new scheduling law. As a result, ORLA will fight any attempts to implement Paid Family Leave during the 2018 session.
Music Licensing Bill – In partnership with the Oregon Winegrowers, ORLA will be pursuing stronger protections for restaurant operations against predatory music licensing investigators.
Tip Pooling – The U.S. Department of Labor recently proposed rescinding a rule that does not allow states like Oregon without a tip credit to pool tips among front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house employees. ORLA supports rescinding this rule. Submit a comment on the proposal before February 5.
NCSL Adds Short-Term Rentals to their Principles for Taxation – As state lawmakers gather for their 2018 legislative sessions, AHLA will work with partner state associations to ensure that short-term rental tax policy debates are informed by this NCSL action.
Umatilla County Lodging Tax Defeated – After hearing from lodging operators, tourism businesses, and ORLA, the County decided not to enact an 8 percent lodging tax for the County.
Cannon Beach Rejects Airbnb VCA – Cannon Beach City Council decided not to pursue a voluntary collection agreement (VCA) with Airbnb that would have paid lodging taxes to the city on a quarterly basis. The Council cited VCAs don’t allow for any way to audit short-term rentals, making it difficult to enforce codes that help regulate safety standards.
Oakland, Oregon Lodging Tax Defeated – An 8 percent lodging tax was defeated on a unanimous vote by Oakland City Council after several citizens spoke in opposition, citing the desire for Oakland to be a more welcoming destination for visitors and businesses.
MEET YOUR LEGISLATORS
Make plans to attend ORLA’s Taste Oregon Legislative Reception, presented by Sysco, on February 21 in Salem. This event is an opportunity for you to engage with state lawmakers and help them understand policy issues facing the hospitality industry. While there is no charge to attend this event, registration is required.