Staying in Touch
Labor Day weekend is already upon us. Did you know Oregon was the first state to pass legislation recognizing Labor Day in 1887? In 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday? I'm thankful for this time to recognize the contributions of workers throughout America. They are the backbone of our nation.

I hope you all have a relaxing weekend as many of you are preparing for the 2016-17 school year. My world continues to revolve around preparing for the 2017 Legislative Session. Below are some concepts I've already submitted to Legislative Council. 

As always, thank you for the continued support.

2017 Legislative Concepts
  • LC 885 - Currently, veterans have the option to purchase military license plates in the branch they served. This legislation will allow active military members to purchase military plates as well.
  • LC 884 - This concept is a redraft of HB 2305, which did not meet committee deadlines in the 2015 Legislative Session. Brought forward from a constituent in Albany, LC 884 addresses the annual registration fee concerning the use of truck-tractor for commercial use versus RV use. Currently, DMV charges an annual registration fee for truck-tractor vehicles in the amount of $438. However, this fee was intended for truck-tractors with purposes of commercial use. Unfortunately, a small population of people using truck-tractors for purposes of traveling/RVing are being tagged with this fee as well. 
  • LC 1001 - This concept adds Oregon Volunteer Firefighters Association to the list of entities eligible for individual income tax return check off contribution.
  • LC 991 - This concept creates a state tax credit for families interested in purchasing a firearm lock box.
  • LC 633 - This concept is a redraft of SB 1556 from the 2016 Short Session. This much needed legislation will protect the most vulnerable by enabling the District Attorney's office to prosecute offenders guilty of physical injury crimes. I've titled LC 633 as "Jacob's Law." Read the full story here.

I'm also working on legislation regarding interlock ignition devices (IID), DUII reform, distracted driving concepts, and a few other ideas. I have yet to solidify the exact language as I'm working with several stakeholders to create the best possible policy before submitting the legislation. The deadline is quickly approaching, but I'll be ready by September 26th!

Rep. Olson working on "Jacob's Law" with Sherwood Police Chief Jeff Groth, Sherwood Mayor Krisanna Clark, Alicia Quinney and Jacob.

Breaking Barriers
You don't have to watch the news to know our nation is going through a difficult and divisive time. Our communities have lost a sense of safety, citizens have lost a sense of trust, and law enforcement have lost a sense of support. In the midst of turmoil, Officer Jackson from Baton Rouge shares his heart to serve the public and break down barriers. "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." -Dr. Martin Luther King

Below is a Facebook post from Officer Montrell Jackson from the Baton Rouge Police Department. Sadly, he was killed days after this post along with two other officers in an ambush.

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