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Oregon Legislature Interim Committee Meetings
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 8:00 am
Legislative Committee hearings
Oregon Capitol



Protect Parental Rights during Legislative Days
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 11:00 am

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Tour the House and Senate offices.
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Oregon Legislature Interim Committee Meetings
Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 8:00 am
Legislative Committee hearings
Oregon Capitol



"Protect Parental Rights" during ALL the Legislative Days
Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 11:00 am
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Oregon Legislature Interim Committee Meetings
Friday, December 9, 2022 at 8:00 am
Legislative Committee hearings
Oregon Capitol



Protect Parental Rights during Legislative Days
Friday, December 9, 2022 at 11:00 am
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82nd Session of the Oregon Legislature Begins
Monday, January 9, 2023 at 8:00 am
The 2023 Session of the Oregon Legislature begins. Legislators are sworn in and bills are introduced.
Oregon Capitol, Salem


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Protecting Hospital Workers From Physical Assault
Representative Boshart Davis introduces the legislation

Oregon State Representative Shelly Boshart Davis (R-Albany) and Representative Sheri Schouten (D-Beaverton) are re-introducing legislation to expand stronger employee protections to include hospital workers.

HB 4142 expands the crime of assault in the third degree for someone who intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes physical injury to a person working in a hospital while performing their official duties.

This legislation introduces consequences to create a safer environment in hospitals.

Some observers have expressed that the current law is neither strong enough, nor provides justice for hospital workers if they are physically injured.

Hospital workers have been overwhelmed by staffing shortages recently, some due to the mandating of the controversial COVID vaccine.

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These added tensions can result in a physically hostile work environment as they attempt to provide care to patients under increased stress.

“Our overworked hospital workers deserve stronger protection and justice while they put themselves in harm’s way to care for patients,” said Representative Boshart Davis. “Current consequences for assaulting a hospital worker are simply too weak and do not fit the seriousness of the crime. Health care workers should not have to worry about physical danger while taking care of patients. Assaulting a hospital worker trying to save lives should be a serious offense. This is not just about protecting the health care community. This is also about guaranteeing exceptional care and attention for Oregonians in need by making our hospitals a safer place.”


--Bruce Armstrong

Post Date: 2022-02-01 17:01:12Last Update: 2022-02-01 17:10:34



Oregon Ignores Public Input
OHA mandates made permanent

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) marches forward with four permanent rules on mandates for masking and vaccinations.

After an overwhelming number of Oregonians voiced opposition, OHA still filed the first rule with the Secretary of State’s office.

This first rule makes permanent what was a temporary rule for masking indoors at K-12 schools and that school staff be fully vaccinated.

The second rule, expected to be filed this week makes permanent requirements that health care workers wear masks and, in most health care settings, be fully vaccinated.

The temporary rules could not be renewed as temporary, giving an excuse to make them permanent.

Why would OHA pursue permanent rule after the Supreme Court blocked Biden’s vaccine mandates for large employers causing Biden administration to withdraw its Covid vaccination and testing requirements?

Does OHA not think our teachers and health care workers deserve the same liberties as corporation employees? The New York State Supreme Court said it’s an unconstitutional overstep to mandate wearing masks.

Is OHA playing a bluff that no one will challenge their authority?

The Covid vaccinations are still under an emergency use authorization and have never been approved. As more and more questionable information is released over the safety of vaccines, more people are questioning that information. England announced they will no longer require masks nor vaccine certifications and are scheduled to drop booster requirements. Some speculate that this is to get the voter base back. If true, why isn’t Governor Brown concerned about her party’s voter base? Are Oregon voters too brainwashed to connect the dots?

One parent, Katrina Cole, speaking out against discriminatory practice between the vaccinated and unvaccinated, says, “they are requiring teachers who do not get the booster shot to quarantine for 10 days, while the boosted teachers only need to quarantine for 5 days. I cannot find any scientific data or studies that support this. The same is true for unvaccinated students.”

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The 'test to stay' policy was removed that was scheduled to start in January. It allowed unvaccinated students who were exposed to a confirmed or speculative case, to 'test out' of quarantine while vaccinated students do not have to test if they are not showing symptoms. However, the policy was cancelled with the current outbreak and the current policy automatically quarantines unvaccinated students who are contact trace to positive cases in the classroom, even if they are not showing any symptoms and test negative.

Cole says, “some of my lowest students have lost many unnecessary days of instruction due to this policy, and I have documentation from the district on all of this information.” It does seem the Oregon is testing the waters on all fronts. Are we ready to join the truckers in Canada and say enough?


--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2022-01-30 13:56:06Last Update: 2022-01-30 15:48:02



Obamacare Marketplace Enrollment Up
The federal government extended the open enrollment period

The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace has announced that during the 2022 open enrollment period, 146,602 Oregonians enrolled in health insurance coverage, representing about 3.4% of all Oregonians.

The federal government extended the open enrollment period for 2022 health coverage from 45 to 76 days (Nov. 1, 2021, to Jan. 15, 2022). This extra window of time enabled more Oregonians to enroll in health coverage than either of the past two years (141,089 people in 2021 and 145,264 people in 2020).

In addition, the American Rescue Plan Act (2021) has made health insurance purchased through the Marketplace more affordable than ever. Individuals and families will pay less for health insurance thanks to financial help available through OregonHealthCare.gov.

“I am elated to see more Oregonians taking advantage of the tremendous savings available on health coverage through the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace,” says Chiqui Flowers, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. “Health coverage is essential to helping Oregonians seek the care they need to stay healthy. We are encouraged to see the benefits the American Rescue Plan Act and extended open enrollment period will have on the ability for people to seek the care they need.”

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People who missed the open enrollment deadline may still have an opportunity to get health coverage through the Marketplace if they experienced a qualifying life event such as moving, involuntarily losing health coverage, having or adopting a child, marriage, a change in citizenship, and being released from incarceration. Enrolled tribal members and Alaska natives can enroll in health coverage at any time throughout the year.

The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, a part of state government, helps people get health insurance when they do not have job-based coverage, and do not qualify for the Oregon Health Plan or another program. The Marketplace is the state-level partner to HealthCare.gov.


--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2022-01-30 13:09:07Last Update: 2022-01-30 14:01:53



Ombuds Office for Oregon Workers
What authorization was used to make the change?

The State of Oregon’s independent advocate to help injured workers navigate the workers’ compensation system is changing its name from Ombudsman for Injured Workers to the Ombuds Office for Oregon Workers.

The 1987 Legislature created the Office of the Ombudsman for Injured Workers as an independent advocate for injured workers under ORS 656.709.

That statute authorizes the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services to terminate the ombudsman, but there is no authorization to change the focus adding workplace safety and health for all workers, nor does it authorize a name change without legislation.

The statute directs the ombudsman to “act as an advocate for injured workers by accepting, investigating, and attempting to resolve complaints concerning matters related to workers’ compensation".

The work proved valuable and the Legislature increased the staff in 1990.

Legislation passed in 2003 clarified the supervision and control of ombudsman services and required that quarterly reports be submitted to the governor.

The office consists of the ombudsman and five staff members. Since 2003, the office has helped from 7,500 to 9,000 injured workers per year.

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It is now the Ombuds Office for Oregon Workers. It has expanded its role to help Oregon workers with workplace safety and health issues, and help workers protect their rights under Oregon OSHA’s laws and rules. Are these the same rules the Governor called for with COVID and vaccine mandates?

“We are continuing to serve injured workers in the workers’ compensation system,” said Ombuds for Oregon Workers Jennifer Flood. “We are just expanding to include all Oregon workers.” Since they were working at capacity, will this be another agency in the news for failure to serve and looking to the legislature to bail them out with more staff?

What Oregonians should be asking is what authorization was used to make a change against the laws they operate under.


--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2022-01-30 11:07:33Last Update: 2022-01-30 11:26:48



Sweet Cakes Case Continues
$135,000 fine reversed

Aaron and Melissa Klein were forced to close their Sweet Cakes bakery in 2016 after the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) determined they violated Oregon’s 2007 law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation by refusing to make a wedding cake.

The couple was fined $60,000 in noneconomic damages to Laurel Bowman-Cryer and $75,000 to Rachel Bowman-Cryer.

That assessment when against the national trend when other states were assessing fines of $5,000- $15,000.

The Kleins lost in the court of appeals and appealed to the Oregon Supreme Court only to be declined. They then appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court with hopes that a recent ruling in a similar case would benefit them. The Supreme Court ruled that the Colorado Commission on Civil Rights did not employ “religious neutrality” and reversed that state’s decision against the bakery owner. Even though it had applications, the Supreme Court sent the Klein case back to the Oregon Court of Appeals for reconsideration.

The court of appeals was charged with applying the Supreme Court ruling to the Klein case.

Justice Lagesen wrote in the case Klein v BOLI, “We reverse and remand the order’s damages award … BOLI’s handling of the damages portion of the case does not reflect the neutrality toward religion required by the free-exercise (of religion) clause. We therefore set aside the damages portion of the order and remand for further proceedings related to remedy.”

Even though the Court of Appeal reversed the $135,000 fine, they stuck to the charge of discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Judge Lagesen wrote, “Neither the state constitution nor the federal constitution precludes the enforcement of the statute against Aaron (Klein), even though the enforcement of the statute burdens Aaron’s practice of his faith. In so doing, we conclude that (the 2021 federal decision) does not displace our previous conclusion that it is a genuinely applicable and neutral law.” In so doing they do not provide for the First Amendment as the authority over state laws.

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Counsel Stephanie Taub said, “Oregon is trying to have its cake and eat it, too.” The court admitted that BOLI acted with hostility against the Kleins’ religious beliefs.

It will become apparent in how BOLI handles the penalties against the Kleins for living out their faith. Whatever BOLI imposes, the Kleins intend to appeal to the Oregon and U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of millions of faith-based small business owners.


--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2022-01-29 07:26:20Last Update: 2022-01-28 21:44:43



Analysis: The Value of Mobility
Why isn’t fresh thinking finding its way into public transit?

If you could choose only one, would you choose the right to keep and bear arms or the right to mobility? You do need a car more often than a gun. The Second Amendment that protects the Right to Bear Arms is under assault every day by groups seeking to limit the use of guns. The arguments and methods of attacking gun owners rights are an accumulation of the latest crises de jour. Opponents of the Second Amendment don’t appear to support any of the Bill of Rights or even the Constitution itself. It is all lumped into one category of contempt for America and its founding principles.

We hear that the F.B.I. estimates 2.5 million crimes are not committed each year because people are armed. The vast majority of these attempts at crime go unreported hence the word ‘estimate’ used by the F.B.I. Ignoring those statistics and focusing on emotional stories of whoa citizens are constantly encouraged to give up their freedom for perceived security in many ways. The arguments calling for limits to gun ownership are just a fraction of the attacks on freedom.

Another attack on freedom is one that seeks to limit the mobility of citizens. Unlike the attacks on gun ownership this threat is administered in a Fabian method. That means the change comes so slowly the victim doesn’t realize they have been trapped until it is to late to resist. Fabians argue that giving up free mobility is a tradeoff for other benefits. The problem is those benefits are phantom in which operatives sample false arguments. Those that find acceptance in focus groups get test cases. Those that attract sympathetic audiences are repeated, for generations if necessary, to break down resistance.

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80% of Americans live in urban locations. Public Mass transit is essential in only the most densely populated urban centers. Dependency on mass transit is the goal of those who are the equivalent of the gun control advocates seeking to limit the Second Amendment. Promotion of mass transit has required huge subsidies. Over time, most citizens unconsciously accept the necessity of subsidies. The reasoning is that we must care for those unable to move about without public transportation. How many times do you see mass transit sparsely occupied? How many times do you see high utilization? Could the goal of accommodating the less fortunate be served more efficiently?

We saw Uber and Lyft revolutionize cars for hire. Why isn’t fresh thinking finding its way into public transit? Could it be that Fabian methods don’t allow fresh thinking? Those less well-off receive food stamps. In Oregon that amounts to 21% of the population. What if they got transportation vouchers for Uber and Lyft and mass transit was displaced? Has anyone run the numbers on such an idea? How would that change the OVERALL cost of transportation that is paid for by taxpayers?

Literally hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars has been consumed in building an electric car industry and infrastructure. Only 1% of Americans have purchased electric vehicles even though their cost is taxpayer subsidized $7500. To accelerated electric car sales we have seen America abandon its energy independence and in just one year gasoline costs rose 40%. If you can’t subsidize Americans into electric cars maybe you can punish them sufficiently at the pump to bring that change about. Ratepayers have been forced to pay for wind and solar farms and now they are paying to build car charging stations.

The thing about electricity that is different from petroleum is who controls the source. America’s gas and oil industry is still privately owned and privately directed. America’s electric utilities are privately owned but are state regulated monopolies. Government can deny electricity to those it finds out of favor. When a citizen threw a maskless backyard party in L.A. last year Governor Newsome had his electricity cut off. Newsome was just protecting the public from party goers spreading COVID. What a convenient excuse for asserting unchecked power. Good thing that homeowner had a vehicle that ran on petroleum.


--Tom Hammer

Post Date: 2022-01-29 06:27:34Last Update: 2022-01-28 21:09:07



Congressional Candidate Demands Accountability in Education
Angela Plowhead is running for Oregon’s new district

Voters in the Newberg School District decided on January 18 to oppose the attempted recall of two of its board members.

Board Chair Dave Brown and Vice Chair Brian Shannon were targeted for recall by special interest groups that have grown used to getting their way far too often. Some of them even organized phone banks and neighborhood canvasses to try and sway the vote. Hollywood elites also became involved and chipped in financially to help fund the effort.

The voters recognized that outsiders with undue influence were involving themselves in a local matter primarily affecting parents and students and rejected the recall. Brown and Shannon will continue to serve in the positions that these same voters elected to put them in.

"In the weeks before the recall election, I publicly stated my support for those board members. I went to Newberg several times to physically stand alongside those who campaigned against the recall and was the only top Congressional District 6 candidate to do so," Said Dr. Angela Plowhead.

"This election is a good example of how school board races are being politicized in Oregon and nationally," Plowhead explained. "What we’ve seen in Oregon, for years, is the strong political power of the teachers union over state politics. It routinely donates millions of dollars every election cycle to candidates pledging to raise taxes to maintain the status quo of academic failure. The recipients of those donations include at least two Democratic lawmakers who have announced their candidacies for Congressional District 6, who have been more than happy to carry out the union’s wishes throughout their legislative careers."

Nationally, parents are growing increasingly concerned about what their children are being taught in these taxpayer-funded public schools. This has caused many of them to get involved and pay attention to what’s going on at their local school board meetings. Some, like Brown and Shannon, have run for school board positions, gotten elected and worked to bring accountability back to the classroom.

But the same teachers unions are now funding candidates in local school board elections, much as they’ve done so successfully at the state level in Oregon for decades. Although this is undoubtedly a conflict of interest, it is still allowed.

The same people and groups who tried to recall Brown and Shannon were hoping to make examples of them. They wanted to show that if you’re a school board member who doesn’t do what the teachers union wants, you will be forced out of office.

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"Education is always a top issue for candidates and voters every election," Dr. Plowhead continued. "But when some candidates talk about it, what they mean is that they will raise taxes to increase funding for a system that we all know is broken. That’s why I’m taking a different approach with this race. Academic excellence is critical. But what’s becoming increasingly obvious is that funding isn’t the issue—it’s the lack of accountability for the actual results, or lack thereof."

"I’m running on a platform of educational accountability, in which the voices of parents, students and community members are not drowned out or silenced by special interest groups," declared Dr. Plowhead. "What took place in Newberg was indeed a victory, but it’s just the beginning. As a candidate and as your next member of Congress, I will continue to stand with parents and school board members who most certainly should have a say in what students are being taught in schools. We must have true accountability in our education system."


--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2022-01-28 12:09:38Last Update: 2022-01-31 14:02:28



Illegal Growers Turn to Other Crimes in Off Season
Oregon’s problem of illegal cannabis

The December Special Session passed Senate Bill 893 and Senate Bill 5561 to provide relief for the humanitarian crisis facing migrant workers caught up in illegal cannabis operations.

It will create financial assistance to local law enforcement agencies and community-based organizations to work with a statewide plan to address the problem of illegal cannabis.

Senator Jeff Golden (D-Ashland), who co-carried the bill on the Senate floor with Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend), said, “Illegal cannabis operations in Southern Oregon have been using our limited water supply, abusing local workers, threatening neighbors and negatively impacting businesses run by legal marijuana growers. This is urgent funding we need right now to protect our agriculture industry, a pillar of Oregon’s economy and the Rogue Valley’s quality of life.”

The hope for the bills is that illicit growers would leave the state facing increased enforcement. Although some are reporting a decrease in activity, residences are saying it’s only a pause for the winter.

Last year, the biggest bust was 1000 plants. A recent bust reaped 200,000 plants. The illegal operations are linked to national and international criminal organization.

These growers are coordinated from out of state and run by a mid-level person, mostly connected to Mexico. It isn’t just the Mexican cartels, there is growing evidence of direct ties to Russia, Albania, Guatemala, Costa Rica, France, China and the Mid-East.

The crime ring doesn’t take the winter off from illegally growing. They shift to other illegal activities. Jackson County Commissioner Rick Dyer told the Register-Guard that “the illegal marijuana situation in Jackson, as well as in neighboring Josephine County, has produced a number of negative impacts for the region.

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Some of the issues include human trafficking, narco slavery and forced labor amid deplorable living conditions. Drug traffickers intimidate and abuse workers, some of whom are parents to young children, or are minors themselves.”

This week Eugene police ended a high speed chase by puncturing the tires of their stolen vehicle to rescued a 10-year-old girl abducted from her bike. Eugene and Portland police worked together to rescue six girls in a Portland hotel room, including four from Eugene. Oregon state police are looking for a man that tried to abduct a 13-year-old girl.

Eugene police forced another vehicle through a fence and rescued a 17- year-old girl from a 40-year-old that is reported to have been arrested over 40 times. Another 17-year-old girl was rescued last week in Coos Bay in similar circumstances. Jackson County exposed a commercial prostitution and human trafficking parlor. These are just a tip of what is impacting communities.

Oregon voters legalized recreational drugs under a false pretense that the industry would force cartels out-of-state.

But, the state’s policy welcoming illegals giving them free health care and other benefits may have encouraged these illegal activities and exasperated the enforcement of illegal growers and traffickers.


--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2022-01-28 08:03:35Last Update: 2022-01-28 08:26:43



The Upcoming Short Legislative Session
Get ready for more government spending

The proposed schedule for the Oregon Legislative Session is to begin February 1.

It begins what is called a Short session and has a 35 day limit.

It was passed by voters to deal with issues from the Regular session that could or best not wait until the next Regular session, such as budget fixes and technical issues. Voters are now questioning what this session will look like after two special sessions called last year seemed unnecessary.

There are 256 bills introduced of which health issues are the most popular, and that wasn’t on the Governor’s list of priorities.

The timeline proposed is to have a scheduled work session in the chamber of origin no later than February 7 and to have bills out of that chamber by February 14.

The second chamber must schedule a work session by February 18 and consider those bills by February 24.

However, that is not the end-all. This timeline does not apply to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, other joint committees except for the Joint Committee on Transportation, Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue, House Committee on Revenue, Senate Committee on Rules, House Committee on Rules, Senate Committee on Conduct and House Committee on Conduct. That involves more than one-fifth of the bills, and it only takes one to destroy our liberties.

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For instance, Election bills are exempt from the timeline. HB 4133, a bill sponsored by Democrat Representative Julie Fahey (D-Eugene) and Senator Akasha Lawrence Spence (D-Portland), allows a person with a Social Security number to register to vote with their signature, and it allows an approved third-party organization to submit registration cards electronically on behalf of individuals. No proof of residency, it’s an alternative to an Oregon driver license or permit, or a state identification card. Oregon’s biggest issue in fraudulent voting is ineligible voters.

This will legalize ineligible voters where, over time, Oregonians will have no say.

Governor Brown wants the legislature to deal with affordable housing, education, public safety, advancing the Private Forest Accord, allocating $100 million package in investments for child care services, a $200 million package to bolster the state’s workforce and $38 million to invest in small businesses, and increase funding to regional economic development organizations.

Those are some major issues to resolve in 35 days when some have been on the table for years.


--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2022-01-28 06:47:56Last Update: 2022-01-28 08:08:12



Travis Nelson Appointed to Oregon House of Representatives
Will be the first openly Black LGBTQ+ man to serve in the Oregon Legislature

Multnomah County commissioners have appointed Travis Nelson as Representative-designate for House District 44, replacing former House Speaker Tina Kotek, the longest-serving Speaker in Oregon history, stepped down officially last week to focus on her run for Governor.

Nelson will be the first openly Black LGBTQ+ man to serve in the Oregon Legislature. He will be sworn in on Tuesday, February 1 at 7:30 a.m. and will serve during the upcoming session. “I look forward to bringing my perspective as a Black LGBTQ+ man and healthcare worker to the Legislature,” said Representative-designate Nelson. “As a legislator, I will advocate for and approach policy through an equity lens to help bring opportunity to all. We must break down the systemic barriers in place that for too long have kept folks who look like me from these positions of power and influence.” Representative Dan Rayfield (D-Corvallis), a heterosexual, white, male has been elected as the new Speaker of the Oregon House.

Nelson currently works as a board certified nurse and is a member of the Oregon Nurses Association and founding member of the Alliance of Black Nurses of Oregon.

“Our Caucus is thrilled to welcome Representative-designate Nelson to the Legislature,” said Senator Kayse Jama (D-Portland), Co-Chair of the Oregon Legislature’s Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Caucus. “His experience as a champion for equity will serve our communities well as we work toward closing racial disparities in health care and protecting the rights of workers.”

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Having worked as a union representative and officer of the Democratic Party of Oregon, Nelson is passionate about tackling a range of issues, including climate change mitigation, housing and houselessness, healthcare access, and racial equity.

“We are proud to welcome Representative-designate Nelson to the Legislature,” said House Majority Leader Julie Fahey (D-West Eugene/Junction City). “One of our strengths as a Caucus is our diversity, and the experiences he brings will be critical to our shared commitment to an equitable recovery that reaches every corner of the state.”

The grandson of sharecroppers, Nelson was born to teenage parents in a small rural town in North Louisiana. Before entering grade school, his parents moved him and his sister from Louisiana to the Pacific Northwest in search of a better life and opportunity.

In 2005 Nelson moved to the Portland area and started his nursing career.


--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2022-01-27 17:22:32Last Update: 2022-01-27 18:07:26



Reschke: End Emergency, Preserve Medical Freedom
Reintroduces legislation to bring normalcy back into the lives of Oregonians

State Representative E. Werner Reschke (R-Klamath Falls) announced two bills he will reintroduce for the 2022 Legislative Session, which begins on Tuesday, February 1.

HJR 201 is a resolution, that upon passage, would immediately terminate the Governor’s state of emergency declaration that first began March 2020. The resolution does not require the Governor’s signature to take effect, giving the Legislature a more appropriate balance of power that is currently concentrated in the Governor’s Office.

Rep. Reschke’s second bill is HB 4069. This bill would make discrimination based on one’s medical history illegal by a government entity or private business.

“These two, common sense proposals will bring normalcy back to our lives and help unite Oregonians,” said Rep. Reschke. “People are frustrated by one-person, top-down, arbitrary ruling that has often been at odds with neighboring states and official health recommendations. We need to treat each other with dignity and respect, ending the practice of looking at one another with suspicion and contempt based on whatever one person says is or is not allowed. It is now 2022, not March 2020. It is time to move on and live our lives as free Oregonians and shed the fear from the past. Almost every other state in the country has done so. So should Oregon.”


--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2022-01-27 17:12:01Last Update: 2022-01-27 18:07:46



Beaverton City Council Election Filing Underway
Deadline for filing is Tuesday, March 8

Beaverton, Oregon residents interested in running for election to the Beaverton City Council can now obtain a Candidate’s Filing Handbook.

Four City Council positions elected at-large are open. The deadline in filing is Tuesday, Mar. 8 at 5 p.m.

Councilor Positions 1, 2 and 5 will be nominated at the Primary Election and elected at the General Election to serve a four-year term.

At the Primary Election, the two candidates with the most votes for each position will proceed to the General Election ballot. If one candidate receives a majority of all votes cast, then that candidate alone is nominated to the General Election Ballot. The candidate with the majority of votes at the General Election is elected.

Councilor Position 3 is a vacant position due to resignation with three years remaining on the unexpired term for this office.

Candidates must be 18 years of age by the election date, a qualified elector of the state, and have lived in city limits six months prior to the election date.

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The Candidate's Filing Handbook with requirements for petition and signatures can be obtained from the City Elections Office at Beaverton City Hall (12725 SW Millikan Way) or online.

The Primary Election is May 17, 2022 and the General Election is Nov. 8, 2022.


--Bruce Armstrong

Post Date: 2022-01-27 14:47:02Last Update: 2022-01-27 15:01:07



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