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​​Senator Michael Dembrow

Democrat - District 23 - Portland

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1723   
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-407, Salem, Oregon 97301
Email: Sen.MichaelDembrow@state.or.us
Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/Dembrow

 

2018 Session

For the 2018 session, which begins in February and will run for about five weeks, each Senator is limited to have one bill drafted and introduced.  Stay tuned for what Michael's bill will be!  He will be devoting much of his energy in the upcoming session to passing Clean Energy Jobs legislation.  You can follow more on the development of the CEJ legislation here.

2017 Session

Michael was a Chief Sponsor of the following bills for the 2017 session.  Click on the bill number for more information on each piece of legislation, including bill text, bill history, and materials from any public hearings that were held.

Environment & Natural Resources

Senate Bill 644

Exempts county permit application for mining operation on significant mineral resource site in certain counties from requirements for uses in exclusive farm use zones and statewide land use planning goals and rules relating to land use.

Senate Bill 892

Requires filing notice with State Forestry Department of proposed aerial application of pesticide as planned forest management activity on privately owned forestland.

Senate Bill 958

Conditions issuance of certain Department of State Lands permit on balancing test that weighs potential environmental harm of proposed project against public need.

Senate Bill 959

Requires Department of State Lands to consider risks of oil spill when issuing or amending certain leases.

Senate Bill 1007

Directs State Department of Energy to develop climate test to conduct reviews for approval of proposed fossil fuel infrastructure projects.

Senate Bill 1008

Authorizes State of Oregon to receive moneys pursuant to Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Agreement, deposit agreement moneys in Clean Diesel Engine Fund and use moneys to award grants for reducing emissions from school buses powered by diesel engines. 

Senate Bill 1037

Allows local government to inhibit or prevent production or use of seed or seed products for purpose of protecting seed or products that are not genetically engineered from adverse impacts of genetically engineered seed or products or if enforcing local measure approved by county voters on May 20, 2014.

Senate Bill 1070

Requires Environmental Quality Commission to adopt carbon pollution market by rule. 

House Bill 3105

Establishes product stewardship program for household hazardous waste.

House Bill 3343

Directs State Department of Energy to develop climate test to conduct reviews for approval of proposed fossil fuel infrastructure projects. 

Education & Foster Youth 

Senate Bill 138

Requires Department of Education and Higher Education Coordinating Commission to establish career and technical education pathways to permit students to easily progress from secondary school to public post-secondary institutions of education.

Senate Bill 196

Provides that part-time faculty member at public institution of higher education who qualifies for health care benefits will pay 10 percent of insurance premiums, with remaining 90 percent paid by state.

Senate Bill 395

Requires Higher Education Coordinating Commission to, on annual basis, work with Department of Human Services, each public university and each community college to determine number and graduation rates of former foster children and current foster children at each college or university.

Senate Bill 396

Directs Higher Education Coordinating Commission to establish foster youth success centers in each public university.

Senate Bill 551

Directs Higher Education Coordinating Commission to develop and implement pilot program to assist foster youth transitioning from community college to public university.

Senate Bill 813

Requires each governing board of public university to include one voting undergraduate student member and one voting graduate student member.

Senate Bill 879

Increases membership on Oregon Health and Science University Board of Directors by adding one faculty member and one nonfaculty staff member. 

Senate Bill 886

Requires Department of Education, in consultation with Oregon Health Authority, to disseminate information, processes and model plans regarding school testing for elevated levels of toxics.

Senate Bill 1047

Requires Department of Education to develop model plan for conducting tests for certain environmental hazards in facilities owned or leased by school districts or public charter schools where students or staff are present on regular basis and for reporting test results.

Senate Bill 1062

Requires school districts, education service districts and public charter schools to adopt Healthy and Safe Schools Plan to address environmental conditions in facilities owned or leased by districts or schools where students or staff are present on regular basis. 

House Bill 2763

Authorizes Teacher Standards and Practices Commission to disburse moneys from National Board Certification Fund for reimbursement of certain costs related to national board certification of teachers.

Health Care & Human Services 

Senate Bill 255

Directs Health Licensing Office to issue license to engage in practice of art therapy to qualified applicant.

Senate Bill 265

Directs Department of Human Services to conduct monthly, in-person visits with child or ward in substitute care that include updates on academic status and progress.

Senate Bill 893

Permits expressly identified agent, pursuant to lawfully executed advance directive and in accordance with Oregon Death with Dignity Act, to collect and administer prescribed medication for purpose of ending patient's life in humane and dignified manner if patient ceases to be capable after having received prescription for life-ending medication.

Senate Bill 1046

Establishes Health Care for All Oregon Board to develop, implement and oversee Health Care for All Oregon Plan to be administered by Oregon Health Authority. 

House Bill 2103

Permits licensed nurse practitioners to perform vasectomies.

House Bill 2170

Establishes Office of Oregon Ombudsmen to provide administrative services and support to Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman, Office of the Residential Facilities Ombudsman, Office of the Foster Parent Ombudsman, Office of the Foster Child Ombudsman and Office of the Oregon Public Guardian.

House Bill 2432

Directs Health Licensing Office to issue license to engage in practice of art therapy to qualified applicant.

Criminal Justice Reform and Re-Entry for Ex-Offenders 

Senate Bill 682

Establishes rebuttable presumption that certain incarcerated obligors are unable to pay child support.

Senate Bill 683

Requires state to pay for ballot return envelopes that can be returned by business reply mail for each election held in this state.

Senate Bill 689

Reestablishes Task Force on Reentry, Employment and Housing.

Senate Bill 690

Establishes procedures for petitioning for and issuing Certificate of Good Standing. 

Senate Bill 691

Eliminates certain driving privilege suspensions.

Senate Bill 692

Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Public Defense Services Commission for pre-entry pilot program.

Senate Bill 693

Eliminates probationary driver permits.

Senate Bill 967

Provides that youth offenders sentenced to mandatory minimum terms of imprisonment for certain crimes committed at 15, 16 or 17 years of age are eligible for conditional release hearing if they are in custody of Oregon Youth Authority upon attaining 24 years and six months of age.

House Bill 2424

Directs Department of Transportation to create program by which certain persons may apply for reduction or waiver of moneys owed to department.

House Bill 2777

Authorizes mass transit districts to establish administrative process to adjudicate certain ordinance violations. 

Worker Rights & Workplace Equity 

Senate Bill 752

Provides definitions relating to comparable work for purposes of pay equity provisions.

Senate Bill 777

Removes certain discretion from court to require employee to pay employer's attorney fees if employee pursues action for unpaid wages against employer but does not prevail.

Senate Bill 828

Requires large employers in specified industries to provide new employee with estimated work schedule and to provide current employee with seven days' notice of employee work schedule.

House Bill 2005

Provides definitions relating to comparable work for purposes of pay equity provisions. 

Housing & Tenant Rights 

Senate Bill 827

Extends ad valorem property tax exemption to existing qualified dwelling units of single-unit housing purchased by taxpayers seeking exemption.

Senate Bill 871

Authorizes establishment of programs by cities for demolition of residences or residential buildings.

House Bill 2004

During first nine months of occupancy, prohibits landlord from terminating month-to-month tenancy within 60 days of receiving from tenant request for repairs to correct certain building, health or housing code violation or unhabitable condition.

House Bill 2724

Directs Housing and Community Services Department to develop and implement Rent Guarantee Program to provide incentives and financial assistance to landlords that rent or lease to low income households by guaranteeing payments to landlords for unpaid rent and for eviction and property damage costs within certain limits.

House Bill 2964

Extends ad valorem property tax exemption to existing qualified dwelling units of single-unit housing purchased by taxpayers seeking exemption.

Voting Access 

Senate Bill 1009

For counties with 35,000 or more electors, increases number of required voting booths and requires specified number of voting booth locations. 

Senate Bill 1010

Requires county clerk of each county to develop ballot tracking program that uses electronic mail and telephone text messages to inform participating elector when ballot is mailed to elector, when elector's completed ballot is received by county clerk and whether completed ballot has nonmatching signature or other defect that requires further action by elector in order for elector's vote to be counted.

Senate Bill 1011

Requires Higher Education Coordinating Commission to conduct study and develop recommendations regarding most effective voter registration methods for students attending public universities and community colleges.

Senate Bill 1012

Requires Secretary of State to ensure that there is at least one official ballot drop site at each public high school and on campus of each school of higher education.

Senate Bill 1013

Requires Secretary of State, in consultation with Director of Department of Revenue, to conduct study and develop recommendations regarding desirability and most effective method for using tax filings submitted to Department of Revenue to ensure accuracy of addresses of electors contained in centralized voter registration system. 

Other Issue Areas 

Senate Concurrent Resolution 14

Acknowledging the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 and the injustice, pain and suffering inflicted on Japanese Americans during World War II and recognizing national Day of Remembrance.

Senate Resolution 1

Recognizing 75th anniversary of Japanese American internment during World War II.

Senate Bill 137

Provides for adjustment of estate tax brackets for inflation.

Senate Bill 957

Declares November 29 of each year to be International Women Human Rights Defenders and CEDAW Day in Oregon. 

House Bill 2130

Creates crime of endangering a minor by allowing access to a firearm.

House Bill 2215

Establishes Oregon Right to Rest Act.

House Bill 2717

Increases penalties for assault committed against public transit employee if employee is assaulted while acting within scope of employment.

House Bill 3464

Prohibits public body from disclosing specified information concerning person unless required by state or federal law.

2016 Session

In the 2016 session, Senators were limited to drafting and introducing two bills.  Michael introduced SB 1587, which addressed wage theft, and SB 1544, which corrected an issue with apprenticeship training programs in the state.  He devoted much of his time, as Chair of the Senate Workforce and General Government Committee, to passing SB 1532, which increased the minimum wage in Oregon.

2015 Session

 

Michael was a Chief Sponsor of the following bills for the 2015 session:

Senate Concurrent Resolution 3
Recognizes contributions and sacrifices of Peace Corps volunteers from Oregon and throughout United States.

Senate Joint Memorial 1
Expresses support for Federal Aviation Administration initiative to certify safe unleaded aviation fuel.

Senate Bill 112
Establishes Career and Technical Education Investment Council. 

Senate Bill 113
Requires Higher Education Coordinating Commission to determine definitions for employee categories at post-secondary institutions of education.

Senate Bill 114
Directs Oregon Education Investment Board to evaluate methods for providing components of two-generation strategy to address poverty.

Senate Bill 116
Increases membership on Oregon Health and Science University Board of Directors from 10 members to 12 by adding one faculty member and one nonfaculty staff member.

Senate Bill 117
Establishes Task Force on Jurisdictional Transfers.

Senate Bill 324
Repeals sunset on Oregon's Clean Fuels Program.

Senate Bill 468
Authorizes Commissioner of Bureau of Labor and Industries to issue warrants for collection of certain debts owed to bureau.

Senate Bill 470
Allows payment of unemployment insurance benefits to certain individuals performing services in other than instructional, research or principal administrative capacity for educational institutions for weeks of unemployment commencing between two successive academic years or during established and customary vacation period or holiday recess.

Senate Bill 471
Requires court to appoint legal counsel for respondent or protected person in protective proceeding under certain circumstances.

House Concurrent Resolution 8
Honors musical legacy of James Gilbert "Jim" Pepper.

House Bill 2561
Requires Higher Education Coordinating Commission to evaluate best method for overseeing public universities to ensure universities interview at least one minority applicant when hiring head coach or athletic director. 

House Bill 2611
Extends by six years period universities with institutional governing boards must participate in mandated shared services under same terms, conditions, funding, model and policy frameworks as existed in 2013.

House Bill 2615
Provides that employees of Oregon State Hospital who are classified by superintendent of Oregon State Hospital as other than secretarial or clerical personnel qualify as police officers under Public Employees Retirement System.

House Bill 2618
Provides that employees of Department of Human Services whose duties include maintaining safety, behavior and control of residents of certain residential facilities qualify as police officers under Public Employees Retirement System.

House Bill 2633
Requires Land Conservation and Development Commission to adopt administrative rules to implement statewide land use planning goal related to natural hazards.

House Bill 2662
Establishes Pay It Forward program.

House Bill 2678
Permits licensed nurse practitioners to perform sterilization procedures on male patients.

House Bill 2685
Prohibits discrimination in employment on basis of familial status of employee.

Previous Sessions 

To view information about previous sessions:

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009