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​​Oregon Senate Democrats

Getting Things Done for Everyday Oregonians.

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1700
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-223, Salem, Oregon 97301
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Welcome to the Legislative Website of the Oregon Senate Democrats!

On Feb. 1, 2016, the Legislature kicked off the even-year short session. Senate Democrats put forward a bold, but manageable, plan that protected families and small businesses across Oregon. We are working hard for hard working Oregonians.

In the 2016 Legislative Session, Oregon Senate Democrats focused on Oregon's priorities by:

  • Growing Oregon's economy by investing in education, small businesses and our workforce across the state
  • Fostering government accountability and transparency
  • Keeping Oregon healthy and safe

In the 2016 Session, we fought to give small businesses greater opportunities to grow and thrive with legislation that expands eligibility criteria for small businesses to qualify for grants and loans from Business Oregon's Credit Enhancement Fund. Eligibility expansion will have positive impacts on Oregon businesses across the state by allowing more businesses – particularly in rural Oregon – to access those funds for expansion, as well as retaining and hiring employees.

We supported the health and safety of some of our most vulnerable Oregonians through improved oversight for certain foster care providers. We tightened licensing and certification standards for certain child-care providers, while strengthening the authority of the Department of Human Services to hold licensed providers accountable for outcomes and create new protections for whistleblowers who report child safety issues.

Senate Democrats focused on government accountability and transparency by requiring disclosure of the names of individuals or organizations requesting bill amendments. We balanced the budget by making sure government invests its resources wisely.

For an overview of our Agenda in the 2016 Session, click here.

If you wish to learn about our caucus leadership, individual Senate Democrats or read about some of our past accomplishments, click the links to the left.

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