Riley Report: Mid-Session Update

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February, 2016

We are now 15 days into the 2016 “short” legislative session and have a constitutional maximum of just 20 days to go.  Here’s a brief Salem update:

Legislation Updates

My bill creating Children’s Special Districts, Senate Bill 1545, is scheduled for a public hearing tomorrow, February 16, at 8:30 a.m. in the Senate Finance & Revenue Committee. Children’s Special Districts would pick up where the Commission on Children and Families left off by providing services for school-aged children in Oregon. I’m looking forward to the public hearing tomorrow and excited to have the opportunity to discuss the merits of this bill.

My other priority bill this session, Senate Bill 1546, is heading to the Senate Rules Committee. SB 1546 helps protect Oregonians from predatory towing practices. We held a public hearing and work session on this bill in the Senate Business & Transportation Committee last week, and a few technical issues came up with the bill’s language. I’m working with Legislative Council and the Attorneys General’s office to make sure we get the language right so we can get this bill passed this session.

Stay tuned for continued updates on my priority bills for this session!


I’m excited to announce that on January 26, 2016 I was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services (GCSS). The GCSS is dedicated to enhancing and protecting the quality of life for all older Oregonians. Through cooperation with other organizations and advocacy, GCSS works to ensure that seniors have access to services that provide choice, independence, and dignity. I’m proud to serve as the legislative representative from the Oregon Senate on the GCSS – learn more about the Commission here.

Community Events

On February 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Pacific University’s Center for Gender Equity and the Center for Peace and Spirituality will be having a presentation and panel discussion on sex trafficking. The event, “Human Trafficking – What is it?,” will explore the dimensions of human sex trafficking and the ways that it is being conceptualized and addressed. Before and after the program there will be a “How Can I Help Fair” were you have the opportunity to get involved in the work to eliminate sex trafficking. This is a free event open to the public. For more information, please email Laurel Gregory at

Another free community shredding event is coming up! Beaverton PD is offering free shredding of confidential materials on Saturday, February 27, at Sunset Presbyterian Church, 14986 N.W. Cornell Road in Beaverton. Help keep your information safe from identity theft! Each car is allowed to bring three bankers boxes of personal documents to be shredded for free.

In case you hadn’t heard, the Secretary of State is inviting all Oregon school children to participate in the Oregon Constitution Challenge. Due to security and preservation concerns, the original Oregon Constitution is almost always stored in the state archives, except on rare occasions when it is displayed publicly. The Constitution Challenge asks Oregon’s schoolchildren to contribute the $60,000 needed for a professional restoration so that the Constitution can be publicly displayed. If each of Oregon’s 600,000 students contributed just 10 cents, the fundraising goal would be met. Additionally, each school that contributes at least $250 towards the project will have their school’s name engraved on a plaque that will be placed alongside the restored Constitution. Contact the Secretary of State’s office with any additional questions about how you can participate!


picture of Sen. Riley with group of constituents at Manaia coffee

 I want to thank everyone who came out to my Constituent Coffee on January 23rd. We had a really great turn out, and I appreciated hearing questions and concerns from so many members of our community. And a big “thank you” to Manaia Coffee House and Island Grill for allowing us to use their space.

Group of food bank supporters with the senator in his Salem office

Thank you to the members of the Oregon Food Bank who came by to share their stories with me on February 2nd. 

Virginia Garcia Clinic workers and students meeting with Sen. Riley

On February 9th I had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Virginia Garcia Clinic to discuss the importance of school-based healthcare. 

Sen. Riley addressing a group of students in the Capitol Galleria

On February 10th I met with a group of students who were here to advocate for additional protections for wolves. It’s great to meet with young, passionate students – they are our future!

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As always, I am here to serve you.  If there is something I can do to assist you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office.


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Senator Chuck Riley

Senate District 15

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address: 900 Court St NE, S-303, Salem, OR, 97301

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