12th District Citizens:
As your citizen legislature works purely under 100% control of Presiding Officers, the vast majority of my part-time work during balance of the year will be helping district constituents access state agencies, addressing citizen issues before the legislature, and preparing needed technical fixes to bills for the next legislative session. To be clear, no bill can pass or get a work session without the express approval of the Presiding Officer. Sometimes we are able to help citizens, depending upon the agency, but most the time the bureaucrats will simply do nothing.
Unfortunately, in regards to the coronavirus situation, despite the Governor ending most executive orders, state government mostly remains closed to the public. Likewise, we now have limited legislative sessions being conducted by the uniparty behind fences, closed doors, and in complete secrecy with little pretense of real public input under statutes or constitutions.
To follow the activity of the legislature or a particular issue in which you are interested, I would urge you to utilize the Oregon Legislative Information system or OLIS. You may track hearings, bills introduced by topic, search for individual bills, which committee to which a bill has been assigned and its status.
On the links to the left side of this page you can find:
Please email any comments on bills on OLIS so we have your input. It is critical you provide us your full name and address in order to prioritize District constituent contacts versus the tons of robo calls, spam emails, letters and correspondence that arrive to our office each Session. Remember, emails are public records. We do not have a staffed office in the State Capitol due to construction, health, safety and security issues. Nor fulltime employees to support the district.
Given the Legislature is paperless only limited contacts from constituents are retained so residing inside the 12th District is an important distinction when contacting your Senator. As time permits, we will attempt to forward non-district emails to the appropriate representative.
Brian J. Boquist
State Senator SD-12