Welcome to my legislative website.
I am proud to represent Oregon House District 27, which includes SW Portland and Beaverton.
The 79th Legislative Session has ended. Overall, I have returned to the district feeling positive about my first session in the building as your state representative. While this session was challenging, the legislature delivered several of our priorities including expanding access to reproductive health care, preserving and expanding Medicaid coverage, and a historic investment in our transportation system.
As many of you know, the major legislative goal for the 2017 legislative session was tax reform. Sadly, we were unable to garner the 3/5 majorities requisite to amend Oregon's broken tax system, but I remain dedicated to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle during the interim and beyond, towards a more equitable tax system.
Of the work that the legislature accomplished, I am the proudest of our work in health care. Even as Congressional leadership works to cut health care coverage to millions of Americans, the Oregon legislature is forming policies that protect the most vulnerable populations in our state: the elderly, the economically disadvantaged, the sick, and children.
My main personal goal as a freshman legislator was working on policies that benefit families, children, and public health. This session I partnered with OHSU to pass two policies regarding vitamin k administration for newborns, and car seat safety, ensuring that children remain rear facing until age two, aligning Oregon statute with recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Other successful policies that I championed included:
- HB 3008, an anti-wage theft measure that gives employees a tool to keep bad actors accountable when employment records are falsified;
- HB 3355 allows qualified psychologists to prescribe medication, which greatly increases access to mental health care, especially in rural areas;
- HB 3439, an economic development piece, that cuts red tape and authorizes nurse practitioners to be the majority shareholders in corporations established for the purpose of practicing medicine;
- HB 3440, which removes barriers to prescribing, dispensing, and distributing naloxone, a lifesaving medicine that can reverse the effects of opioid overdose;
- HCR 19, a resolution that declares Marion berry pie to the be the official pie of Oregon, contributing to a "branding" of Oregon products to bolster our tourism economy and support local businesses;
- SB 269, another red tape cutting measure, which permits visiting nurses to practice in Oregon if staffing a school sponsored event; and
- SB 274, a bill that requires post-secondary institutions to provide information regarding vaccine-preventable diseases, to educate our students about the dangers of avoidable illnesses.
I encourage you to reach out to our office if you have any questions regarding my legislative priorities, or if you are having any difficulty working with state agencies. You can contact us with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or a call to (503) 986-1427. I appreciate your input, and am honored to serve as your State Representative.
Representative Sheri Malstrom
Oregon House District 27