Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward MD
D-NW Portland/Beaverton
District 17

In this issue:

     Legislative Town Halls
     New Leadership Position & Committee Assignments
     My Legislative Agenda
Elizabeth's Prescription for Change

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Happy New Year to you all!  On January 14, I was sworn in as a member of the 77th Legislative Assembly as part of the Opening Day ceremonies.  Having started my time in office a year ago, I had not experienced a full opening day before, and enjoyed being part of this celebration of our citizen legislature and its process.  Before we go into full session on February 4, I wanted to give you some updates. 

Legislative Town Halls

First, I want to invite you to a pre-session town hall with Representative Mitch Greenlick.  Representative Greenlick and I will be talking about the key issues likely to be before the legislature.  We also want to listen to your thoughts about Oregon's most pressing issues and let you know about how to keep up-to-date with the latest news out of Salem.  

Legislative Town Halls  - February 2, 2013 

  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Friendly House in NW Portland (1737 NW 26th Ave at NW Thurman 
  • 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Cedar Mill Library (12505 NW Cornell Rd at Saltzman)

New Leadership Position & Committee Assignments

In November, just after the election, I was honored to be elected Senate Assistant Majority Leader.  In December, I learned about my exciting 2013 committee assignments.  I was selected to serve as the co-chair of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on General Government, which deals with budget issues related to the state’s large agencies.  I will also serve on the Ways and Means Human Services Subcommittee and the full Joint Ways and Means Committee.  Given my background as a physician, I am also pleased with my appointment to the Health and Human Services Policy Committee.  In addition, I will continue to co-chair the Oregon Women’s Health and Wellness Alliance with Representative Sarah Gelser.  The group will champion a package of bills that promote the health, safety and economic well-being of women.  

Legislative Agenda

I have a number of my own bills I will be introducing this session, many of which were crafted with your help over the interim.  One of my priority issues is to ban smoking in cars where a minor is present. It doesn't make much sense to ban kids under 18 from smoking, but allow them to sit in a car with an adult who's smoking, and be exposed to much higher levels of toxins.  I am also working hard on a bill that would make our complicated social services system easier for Oregonians to navigate, while reducing duplication of services.  The bill would create a task force to identify reforms that would allow users of human services to go to a single case worker to enroll in multiple programs, rather than having to seek out a different case manager for each individual service.  In addition, while I was not assigned directly to an education committee this session, education continues to be one of my top priorities and one that I will continue to work hard on in 2013.

As always I am honored to represent Senate District 17 and the inspiring constituents I meet every day.  I look forward to working together this Legislative session and as always, I hope to hear your ideas and suggestions.  Please consider coming to our town halls in February and feel free to contact me with your questions or concerns.  We can be reached at 503-986-1717 or


My best,


Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward MD
Salem Phone: 503-986-1717
District Phone: 503-227-2467