Hundreds of citizens in District 11 and
across the state have written to my office asking legislators to support
shared responsibility in dealing with our current budget crisis. Budget cuts
are inevitable during these challenging economic times, but we may be able to
stave off the worst of these cuts by making our tax system more fair and
equitable. I thank you for your support in this process.
Corporations greatly benefit from public services. Schools provide an
educated workforce. Public safety officers, firemen and women protect
business facilities. Courts uphold laws providing stability and
security for future business and investments. Funding for transportation
services such as roads, bridges, lights, ports, and even buses and trains
make sure goods and workers can get from Point A to Point B. Currently
June 30th-Last day of session. We may end earlier, but going past this deadline is unlikely as it would require two-thirds of the members on both the House and Senate to suspend the rules to extend the session.
last couple of weeks have produced some good news and some bad news for
SENATE BILL 102
Here is a video of my Floor Speech for Senate Bill 102-which reduces global warming pollution from woodstoves and solid fuel burning devices. Citizens who currently use wood stoves can continue to use them. The stoves would only need to be upgraded or removed at the time of sale. In the video below Representative Cannon will introduce the bill then I give my speech. Click the picture below to watch! (The video will open up in a new window).
Bills of Interest
HB2004-My constituents Jake, Nick, and Zach Klonoski championed this bill which reinstates the "dollar check-off", a provision on tax forms that allows for a simple $3 contribution to a political party of your choice. With bipartisan support the bill passed off the House Floor as a memorial to their father Jim Klonoski. Jim Klonoski helped pass a similar concept in the late 70's, which expired in the early 80's.
HB2001-Jobs and Transportation Bill-next week's Legislative Report will discuss this bill in depth. The bill passed in both the House and the Senate and is awaiting signature from the Governor.
HB2009 & HB2116-Health Care Bills will cover 80,000 children and another 35,000 adults under the Oregon Health Plan, resulting in lower health care costs for Oregonians. A later report will also discuss this topic in depth.
HB2533-Allows four high schools including
As usual here are links to the agenda's for my committees and the House Floor so you can check out what bills are coming up for my vote.
Environment & Water -Committee Closed
You can track any measure by number here.