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TOP STORY: Short Session & Upcoming Events

Dear Friends,

The Oregon legislature concluded the 2014 short legislative session on March 7. We accomplished important work, but we left with unfinished business that I'll be working on during the interim.

We also have a lot of upcoming events in March. Please see below and keep in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

I'm proud that the legislature passed House Bill 4111 - the result of months of work by the Infrastructure Innovation Task Force - to address Oregon's infrastructure needs through the Public Infrastructure Commission and the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange. By taking advantage of the chance to marry private agility with public accountability - to stretch taxpayer dollars and deliver greater value - we can unleash enormous potential by ensuring the infrastructure our economy needs.

You may have seen news about another bill we worked hard to pass - House Bill 4143 would have endowed residual funds from class actions towards legal aid programs. Unfortunately, the bill fell just short of the 16 votes it needed to pass in the Senate. When a company like British Petroleum is found liable and ordered to pay Oregonians they've wronged, I think they should have to pay the full amount. Instead, without House Bill 4143, British Petroleum will keep any funds not claimed by class members. If you've been to Arco since 2011, check out if you're eligible: https://www.arcobpdebitcardclassaction.com/.

Other important legislative accomplishments include the Aspirations to College Bill, legislation extending the state’s 911 tax to pre-paid cell phones, and increased support for the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

Please consider attending the upcoming events below and let us know what you think about the legislature's accomplishments this session. As always, I welcome your thoughts, feedback, and suggestions.

Best,

Tobias

Constituent Coffee

Constituent Coffee

Please join me this Saturday, March 15 for coffee and conversation.

We'll meet at 8:30 am Ava Roasteria 4770 SW Hall Blvd., Beaverton, OR 97005

I hope to see you Saturday morning.

Town Hall

Town Hall

Monday, March 17 7:00pm

Beaverton City Hall 4755 SW Griffith Drive, Beaverton, OR City Council Chambers

Join us to hear about the 2014 legislative session - what we accomplished and what we'll be working on during the interim.

Please join us and bring your questions and concerns.

Washington County Democrats

Hot Topics Fixing Oregon's Infrastructure

Saturday, March 15 at 10:00am - 11:45am. Beaverton Community Center, 12350 SW 5th Street, Beaverton

Want to have a better understanding of relevant issues when talking to voters? Come to our 'Hot Topics' events where you will learn about current issues from well informed speakers.

Coffee and muffins will be served at 9:45 am.

Space is limited, so please let us know if you plan to attend: Click Here to Register

Posted on March 13, 2014.

Campaign Updates

Mar. 13 Short Session & Upcoming Events
Feb. 20 Legislative Update & Constituent Coffee
Feb. 5 Constituent Coffee 2.8.2014
Jan. 3 Reelection Announcement 2014
Dec. 13 Volunteer with us!

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In the News

Mar. 10 The Oregonian: Bonamici, Read and Unger at upcoming Washington County Education Forum
Mar. 6 The Oregonian: Business Expo West speakers announced
Mar. 1 The Oregonian: Steve Duin: Oregon's Senate Republicans can't deal with progress or innovation
Feb. 28 OPB: Oregon Lawyers Divided Over Proposed Changes To Class Action Payments
Feb. 25 The Oregonian: Controversial legal aid funding bill sent to Senate floor for vote
Feb. 22 The Oregonian: Steve Duin: A golden opportunity to repair class-action law and rescue Legal Aid

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Tobias Read and his wife, Heidi

Tobias Read has always been focused on the future, on what our community — and our state — will look like in the long run. And with the lingering recession and the challenges it's created for our economy, we need his unique brand of long-run thinking now more than ever before. Because the decisions we make today on reviving our economy will shape our state for years to come. Learn more about Tobias.

What will Oregon look like in ten years?

What kind of state will our children inherit from us?

Can we honor Oregon's heritage and traditions while readying ourselves for the future?

For me, answering those questions today means that Oregon will be an even better place to live tomorrow.

I try to approach my job as your State Representative by thinking about the long run, putting long-term priorities over short-term political gain. I want to choose innovation and collaboration rather than obstruction.

I appreciate the support and direction you've given me and hope to be able to continue to work for you.

Tobias