The legislature has officially adjourned, which is also known as Sine Die. Although there have been grueling long days, I'm grateful to represent House District 15.
Throughout the interim my office compiles a list of potential legislative ideas to consider for the next session. These ideas are developed from constituent issues, a formal request, or a problem that my office recognizes needs attention. Prior to the 2017 Legislative Session, I had a list of close to 40 concepts to consider for potential legislation.
After meeting with stakeholders and doing countless hours of research, I introduced 25 bills, which included two concurrent resolutions honoring fallen heroes.
Of those 25 bills, 10 bills have passed with bipartisan support and have moved onto the Governor's office...
- HB 2600 - Moves statewide oversight of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Volunteer Programs from the Housing and Community Services Department (HCSD) to the Department of Administrative Services (DAS). This "lift and drop" will give CASA the support they need to build effective and lasting relationships.
- HB 2597 - Brings clarity to the use of mobile devices while driving law. Click here for more information.
- HB 3446 - Reduces certain felonies with specified criteria to a misdemeanor. Click here for the full story.
- HB 2903 - Brings improvement to the existing child welfare statutes by giving the Department of Human Services (DHS) the tools they need to succeed to protect the integrity of the adolescent behavioral centers while ensuring our youth have the utmost safety.
- HB 2594 - Allows citizens of a COFA (Compact of Free Association) nation to work as a law enforcement officer. Click here for more information.
- HB 2598 - Expands the vehicular assault statute to include contact with a motorcycle, motorcycle operator or motorcycle passenger.
- HCR 12 - Recognizes the Oregon State Police Fallen Trooper Memorial dedication ceremony.
- HCR 11 - Honors Sergeant Ronald Burkhart.
- HCR 22 - Honors Corporal Robert Jones.
- HB 3063 - Establishes an advisory committee to HCDS and gives direction regarding the disbursement of funds for the development of community-based housing for individuals with mental illness and individuals with substance abuse disorders.
I'm thankful to have passed the above legislation with the support of my colleagues. However, I believe several of my bills that failed to move forward were missed opportunities...
- HB 2603- Relating to physical injury, read more here.
- HB 2613 - Expands the definition of intoxicants eligible to be charged with a DUII, bringing Oregon in line with 44 other states that address driving while impaired by non-controlled substances.
- HB 2614 - Amends the DUII implied consent statutes to bring blood testing in line with breath and urine testing.
- HB 2593 - Requires sexually explicit material involving a minor to remain in control of the law enforcement agency or court throughout the criminal proceeding, provided the material is made reasonably available to the defendant.
Needless to say, I plan on redrafting some of these bills and trying again during the next legislation session. As always, thank you for the continued support.