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 February 13, 2014


Dear Friends,


The 2014 Legislative Session convened on Monday, February 3 and must end on or before March 9, 2014. Our first week was abbreviated by a snow storm which closed the Capitol Thursday afternoon, all day Friday and committee hearings started at 1pm on Monday, February 10, 2014.


Remember the even year sessions are a maximum of 35 days. In those 35 days, "reports are that we'll build a bridge, legalize marijuana, limit your second amendment rights, create tax reform, and protect Oregonians from chemicals." Over 300 bills have been introduced to improve the quality of life for all Oregonians. However, most of the bills will die on Thursday, February 13: the date policy committees must past bills from the chamber of origin. The controversial bills might go to a committee which does not have this time limit. February 25 is the date bills must pass the second chamber.


I remain a critic of the "short" session because we do not have the time to fully vent important policy issues, the short time disenfranchises my constituents from traveling to Salem to testify and participate in the legislative process, and too many bills are introduced only for campaign purposes. Due to the session days closed for weather; we have been told that the committee testimony will be limited.

Representative Whisnant's Bills



Each legislator was authorized to introduce two bills.

I introduced two non-controversial bills.


HB 4056 relating to documents recording a death was requested by the Oregon County Clerks Association. HB 4056 adds language that only those death certificates originating in the State of Oregon may not include medical information. Other states' death certificates may be recorded if they contain medical information. This bill passed the House Rules Committee on Monday, February 3, 2014 unanimously and the House Floor on Thursday, February 6, 2013.


HB 4057 will require State Agencies and Boards which issue licenses to report to the legislature on their progress in awarding military veterans and their spouses licenses based upon equivalent military training or experience. This bill had a hearing on passed unanimously out of committee.

On Wednesday, HB 4038 (-3) relating to tenants' purchase of Manufactured Home Parks passed the House Human Services & Housing Committee and passed the House on Tuesday, September 11th unanimously. This bill was a result of a work group headed by Rep. Whisnant and Rep. Nancy Nathanson (D-Eugene) to find a compromise to HB 3007 introduced in the 2013 session. The compromise bill attempted to address the owners and tenants concerns about selling parks. The result was a HB 4038 A which addressed all but one issue for the owners and will provide tenants a notice and the opportunity to consider purchasing parks.




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On February 4, 2014, Rep. Whisnant received a "Virtual Backpack Award" certificate of appreciation" from the Oregon Connections Academy Parents Association. He was honored for his many years of legislative service and advocacy for school choice.


 On February 6, 2014, Rep. Whisnant received a certificate of thanks for his support of the Oregon Housing Alliance legislative actions. He was recognized for his work on HB 4038 A for manufactured home park tenants.

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