TOP STORY: Short Session & Upcoming Events
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.
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.
Please join me this Saturday, March 15 for coffee and conversation.
I hope to see you Saturday morning.
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.
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.