REP. JULIE PARRISH
HOUSE DISTRICT 37
For Immediate Release
April 4, 2013
Contact: Rep. Julie Parrish, 503-986-1437
BILL TO HELP FUND VETERAN PROGRAMS
HAS FIRST HEARING TODAY
SALEM, OR – The House Committee on Veteran Affairs & Emergency Management considered legislation today proposed by Rep. Julie Parrish (R – West Linn) and Clackamas County Commissioner Martha Schrader that would dedicate five percent of the net proceeds from the Oregon Lottery to fund veteran’s programs and services. The bill, HJR 29, has broad, bi-partisan support in the Legislature with 60 co-sponsors.
“Oregon has an estimated 375,000 veterans who have honorably served our country and whose service has not come without a price,” said Rep. Parrish. “It is time for us to keep our promise and ensure that their sacrifice is met with services and support in areas like mental health, housing and employment.”
There was significant support for the legislation at the hearing from veterans, non-profit groups, the military department and family members of fallen soldiers. The hearing took the full two hours in the committee. There was no opposition. The measure changes the Oregon Constitution and thus will be referred to voters in 2014.
“This is clearly not a partisan issue, it is an Oregonian issue. It is about taking care of our neighbors, our friends, and our loved ones,” Rep. Parrish said. “Oregon has had a high rate of deployment since 9/11, and we are about to deploy upwards of 1,800 soldiers to Afghanistan in 2014, the year this measure would appear on the ballot. When they come home, it shouldn’t be just about a parade, we should be ready to welcome them home and help them reintegrate back into civilian life.”
The bill awaits a work session to be scheduled and will have subsequent hearings in the Revenue Committee and the Ways and Means Committee before advancing to the House Floor.
“Oregon’s total budget is about $60 billion per biennium and $26 million per year dedicated to veterans programs is a small ask. Oregonians should be able to choose how to spend our money,” Rep. Parrish said.
Rep. Julie Parrish is in her second term representing West Linn and Tualatin. For more information, contact Rep. Parrish at 503-986-1437 or firstname.lastname@example.org.