In this photo taken Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, a committee of the Oregon House of Representatives debates a bill in Salem, Ore., that would make Oregon the first state to impose mandatory rent controls statewide. The committee on Wednesday rejected proposed amendments that would make certain parts of the state exempt from the bill. The bill sailed through the Senate and Gov. Kate Brown expects the pioneering legislation to reach her desk for her to sign. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Oregon on track to be 1st state with mandated rent controls

February 20, 2019 - 11:41 pm

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is on track to becoming the first state to impose mandatory rent controls, with a tenant protection measure moving through the Legislature.

Numerous residents have testified for the legislation, describing anxiety and hardship as rents rise. Some rents have gone up by almost 100 percent, forcing people to move, stay with friends and even live in their vehicles.

A House committee on Wednesday backed the measure, sending it to the full chamber for a vote as soon as next week. The Senate passed it last week, and Gov. Kate Brown has said she will endorse it.

New York has a statewide rent control law but cities choose whether to participate. California restricts the ability of cities to impose rent control.

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