Riley Report: July, 2015 Edition

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July, 2015

It’s hard to believe the 2015 legislative session has ended! Sine Die ended up being just after 6 PM on Monday, July 6th. We passed a lot of important legislation this session, and it was an honor to be here in Salem working for the people of Hillsboro, Forest Grove, Cornelius, and North Plains. For more details on laws we passed this session, please see the “Session Accomplishments” section below. Now that we have adjourned I have scheduled another Constituent Coffee. I hope you can join me for a community discussion on July 25th at Prime Time.

Constituent Coffee

Please join your neighbors and me for a discussion about issues that matter to our community. I will be at Prime Time next Saturday, July 25th from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at their location on Pacific Avenue (4450 Pacific Avenue, Forest Grove, OR 97113). I look forward seeing you there!

Session Accomplishments

I am really proud of the many important bills my colleagues and I worked to pass this session. Our Comprehensive Session Accomplishments Binder is not quite ready yet, but you can see a few session highlights by clicking here.

In the last few weeks of session we passed some very important legislation, including the following:

HB 3099 was one of my priority bills this session. This law moves the state’s Chief Information Officer out of the Department of Administrative Services and gives the CIO authority to supervise state IT projects. HB 3099 creates real oversight and accountability for the State of Oregon’s IT projects so that we can prevent another debacle like Cover Oregon. I consider this one of the (if not the) most important bills passed this session, and I am so grateful to everyone who worked with me this session to ensure its passage.

Another important bill that we passed was SB 454, which establishes sick leave for Oregon workers. SB 454 requires that all employers with 10 or more employees provide 40 hours of paid sick leave per year for full-time workers. Workers will accrue sick leave at the rate of 1 hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, with employees being able to earn and use 40 hours of sick leave per year. Some employers are worried about the system being abused, and SB 454 allows them to request medical verification for suspected abuses. We also wanted to make sure we were considering the needs of small businesses, which is why businesses with fewer than 10 employees only have to offer unpaid sick leave for their employees. Additionally, new employees are limited from using accrued sick leave for the first 90 days of employment, even though they start earning sick leave from the first day of employment. This carefully crafted bill grants hard-working Oregonians time off of work to recover while they are sick; it protects consumers and fellow co-workers; and it was  constructed to limit impact on employers.

Finally, I was proud to vote “yes” on the “ban the box” bill (HB 3025).  Having a criminal record shouldn’t prevent someone from getting a legitimate job. HB 3025 does not prevent employers from asking candidates about convictions during an interview. Rather, it prevents employers from asking about past convictions on an initial job application so that a good candidate isn’t tossed out without being fully considered. In some ways I don’t think this bill goes far enough, but it is certainly a good step in the right direction.

Community Announcements

Please be advised that as of July 1st all smoking and vaping is prohibited on City of Hillsboro property. This includes Civic Center Plaza in downtown Hillsboro and city-owned parking lots. The Hillsboro City Council passed this ordinance in April with a goal of supporting a healthy environment for city employees and the public.

Also, on July 1st, Measure 91 went into effect allowing adults aged 21 and older to legally possess and use marijuana in ‪Oregon. Wondering what's legal now? Click here to find out.

Governor Brown has proclaimed July, 2015 to be Water Awareness Month. With 20 counties under drought declarations, and approximately 98% of Oregon experiencing drought, the Governor has directed all state agencies to assist the Oregon Water Resources Department to increase awareness about Oregon’s water resources challenges. Learn more about water awareness: at home, at work, and at play!

If you’re looking for a fun, free event to attend this summer, consider going to the Showtime at Shute concert series. They have shows scheduled from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM on Thursdays starting today through August 20th!  

Don’t miss the Oregon International Air Show! This weekend (July 17-19) at the Hillsboro Airport see the U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform, a huge static aircraft display, and a fireworks display Friday night!

On Sunday, July 19th, the City of Cornelius will be hosting a free community concert! Johnny Limbo & the Lugnuts will be performing at 6:00 PM at Harleman Park. Residents are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy during the evening event.

If you live in North Plains, be sure to check the city’s calendar of events this summer. You’ll see lots of great events, including the 18th Annual Elephant Garlic festival set for August 7th, 8th, and 9th at Jessie Mays Community Park. This free event will be filled with music, food, and fun for the entire family!

The 11th annual Celebrate Hillsboro is scheduled for August 8, 2015! Be entertained with live music, arts and crafts, free health screenings, eco-friendly activities, Saturday Farmers’ Market, and community information booths that promote Hillsboro’s 2035 Vision. You still have time to vote for the “Best of Hillsboro” – finalists will be honored at Celebrate Hillsboro, and winners will be announced August 11th.

If you’re getting a bit too hot consider cooling down at the Forest Grove Aquatics Center this summer. Be sure to check out their pool schedule before you go! 


Davis family with Chuck and Katie Riley in the Senator's office

Thank you to the Davis family for meeting with me during your tour of the capitol. I really enjoy meeting with my constituents – please let me know if you will be traveling down to Salem!

I was honored to have the Forest Grove High School Equestrian team join me at the Capitol. Congratulations to the whole team for qualifying to go to the State championships! 

The Forest Grove Equestrian team (9 girls) meet Senator Riley in his capitol office
Rick Shipley stands with Sen. Riley in the outer office on Elk's Day at the capitol

June 15th was Elk’s Day at the Capitol. Thank you to local member Rick Shipley for stopping by and meeting with me while in Salem!

Here’s a shot of me walking in Hillsboro’s 4th of July Parade!

Sen. Riley walking with members of the WashCo Dems in the Hillsboro 4th of July parade
Sen. Riley & his chief of staff sit at the senator's desk on a crowded senate floor just prior to adjournment

My Chief of Staff and I seated at my desk on the Senate Floor mere moments before Sine Die. 


Stay in Touch!

Please be advised that my capitol office will be operating with reduced hours during the interim. My staff will be available during normal business hours Tuesday through Friday, and we can be reached at the same email (, phone number (503-986-1715), and mailing address (900 Court St NE, S-303, Salem, OR 97301 as before. 

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Senator Chuck Riley

Senate District 15

email: I phone: 503-986-1715
address: 900 Court St NE, S-303, Salem, OR, 97301

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