March E-Newsletter


Representative Brian L. Clem
D-Salem, District 21

Phone: 503-986-1421    900 Court St. NE, H-284 Salem Oregon 97301
E-Newsletter                              March 14, 2013


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We are six weeks into session and deadlines are approaching quickly. My colleagues and I have passed many important pieces of legislation, and I look forward to continuing our bi-partisan efforts to best serve you. Additionally, I am pleased to announce that many of our legislative priorities are moving quickly through the process.

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to testify before the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources in support of our Farm to School bill. After unanimous approval it has been sent to the Ways and Means Committee where we are asking for a modest appropriation to expand the program to more schools. This program will continue to promote the use of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables in schools, keeping our children healthy and supporting local farmers.

I have also had the privilege to testify on several annexation bills just one of which is our Hostage Annexation bill. This bill ensures county residents are protected from forced annexation when applying for things like a building permit. This bill was scheduled for a public hearing and I look forward to the bill moving out of committee and to the floor for a vote.

One of my other priorities this session is the “Buy America” bill. HB 2402 is similar to the “Buy Oregon” initiative of past sessions, but on a larger scale. This piece of legislation urges government entities to give preference to American companies particularly when purchasing construction materials. By keeping business in the United States we are creating local jobs, stimulating the economy, and becoming more self-sufficient. The House Committee on Consumer Protection and Government Efficiency has held a public hearing on the issue and I will continue to work with them on its passage.

These are just a few of the bills I am working on and that you have helped create. Together we can create more jobs and continue our economic recovery.

As always, feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or need help with issues facing the community. We can always be reached by calling (503) 986-1421.