I find it very rewarding to hear positive results from past legislative bills I have sponsored. Recently, I was talking to a lobbyist for Relief Nurseries and he relayed how grateful they were for the funding they have received from the implementation of HB 3457.
Relief Nursery is a non-profit child abuse and neglect prevention agency proven to strengthen high-risk families and keep young children safe. Nationally recognized, Relief Nursery stops the cycle of child abuse and neglect with its blend of therapeutic early childhood services and comprehensive family support, including alcohol & drug recovery support services.
Currently, Oregon has 23 Relief Nurseries that provide vital services to vulnerable families with children under the age of six. The majority of families using Relief Nursery services are headed by a single parent living in poverty and facing a myriad of challenges raising their children. Parents enroll in Relief Nurseries hoping to break the intergenerational cycle of abuse and neglect.
So, what is the connection between Relief Nursery and HB 3457? Glad you asked! During the 2005 legislative session, which was my freshman year, in the Oregon Legislature, Representative Wayne Krieger, who was Chair of the House Committee on Judiciary assigned me the task to rewrite the Civil and Criminal Asset Forfeiture laws. During that session, I worked nonstop to gain support for this bill and was elated when it passed almost unanimously. With the passage of HB 3457, law enforcement was given the tools to seize assets acquired through illegal drug activity.
Since the implementation of this bill, the Nurseries have received more than $517,000. HB 3457 is paying dividends 10 years later!