May 28, 2013

HB 3014 Flag Bill Update

  US Flag


 HB 3014  - the Flag Bill -received a unanimous vote out of committee this afternoon.  Sen. Hass was very favorable to the concept of the changes to the existing ORS regarding the Pledge in our public schools with a minor amendment.  


This has been a two session very rewarding process.  Thank you again, Chandler Cort - Rogue River - for bringing this matter to my attention.  


The bill goes to the Senate Floor for a vote and then on to the Governor for signature.  We did not get everything we wanted, but we made great progress.



You could send a little thank you to his office if you would like.  It always help to have the pleasant follow up after a few phone calls and emails. 503-986-1714 




Thank you for your continued support on this issue.  It is always a pleasure to work through a constituent concern from start to finish.  





August Singler - 100 Year Anniversary of His Unfortunate Demise in
Jackson County

The third, fourth and fifth generation of the Singler family were present on May 29th for the passage of HR4 - relating to August Singler - Jackson County Sheriff 1913.

Sheriff Singler was shot and killed in an incident in Jackson County in 1913 and the House of Representatives honored his service and legend with the passage of HR4.  

It was wonderful to have family representation from Southern Oregon and Northern California here for this event.

Singler Generations


Foiled Attempt to Expose Fraud


One of the most important roles of government is to help society's most needy. But it's also critical to ensure that the resources intended for those people aren't squandered through waste, fraud and abuse.  

An audit conducted in May by the Secretary of State's Office identified nearly $3 million in erroneously paid benefits. In those instances, payments were made to lottery winners, PERS recipients who had cashed out, and prisoners.

 In response, a series of bills were introduced in the Legislature to combat this problem.

Among these common sense proposals was one that would permit the Department of Human Services and Oregon Health Authority to suspend public assistance to those who fail to provide requested documentation regarding possible over-payment of assistance. Another would require DHS to establish a registry of persons receiving social services from counties and the state to enable agencies to coordinate those services. Still another would require public employees who administer public assistance to report suspected fraud.

Two other proposals would require electronic benefit transfer cards to display the photograph of all adults authorized to use it and require DHS to ensure that those cards can't be used to purchase prepaid credit cards.

Unfortunately, none of those bills received hearings this session.

My House Republican colleagues attempted to pull those bills out of committee this week and bring them up for votes, but that effort was defeated by the Democrats.

It's a shame that the majority party allows this abuse to continue. 






What is Senate Bill 633? 
SB633 is a seed preemption bill.  Much like the pesticide poreemption statute, the seed bill will ensure that all plants and seeds, including biotech, are only regulated at the state or federal levels - not with the local municipalities across the state.  Biotechnology is a very technical issue and this will put the regulation of these crops with state and federal agencies that have the expertise to make sound policies.

SB633 would prevent a potential patchwork of 36 different county regulations, and over 400 city regulations on agriculture seed.  Plant breeding, including genetic engineering (GE), is an extremely complex process and counties lack the financial and technical resources to regulate the processes.  
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