12th District Citizens:
For the 79th Legislative Session beginning on February 1, 2017, my Committee assignment are , Vice Chair of Finance and Revenue, Member of Rules and Executive Appointments, Chair of Veterans and Emergency Preparedness, and various sub-committees and task forces. As your citizen legislature works via a committee system, the vast majority of my Session time will involve work with various committees and speaking with constituents. The work during this 180 day session is primarily focused on the biennial budget, establishing new policy for agency directio, addressing citizen issues before the legislature and making needed technical fixes to bills passed in the last legislative session.
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:
By clicking on the links at the top of the page “Bills/Laws” you can follow the progress of a bill through the process of committee assignments, possible public hearings, work sessions, and a vote in the House or Senate. When looking up a bill the “pdf” version usually shows existing law, the proposed changes in bold, and proposed deletions in italics. Be careful not to confuse existing law with the proposals in a bill if you are looking at the text only version.
In the “Committee” link above, you will find the agendas for all the Committees showing which bills will be considered in each committee at the next scheduled meeting and how to testify.
Please contact us if you have any questions or comments about the session or other issues. It is critical you provide your full name and address in order to prioritize District constituent contacts versus the tons of calls, emails, letters and correspondence that arrive to our office each Session.
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