Representative Deborah Boone E-Update


Representative Deborah Boone
D-Cannon Beach, District 32

Phone: 503-986-1432 900 Court St. NE, H-375 Salem Oregon 97301
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This week in at the Capitol I was happy to see that many of my bills are continuing to move through the legislative process.

House Bill 2179 is called the 911 No Sweeps bill, and relates to the 911 Emergency Communications Account. This legislation would mandate that the money collected through a monthly fee on your telephone bill to support 911 would be off-limits for any other use or purpose.  This is the third time I have introduced this legislation, and I’m happy to report it was approved on the House floor with a unanimous vote and now moves to the Ways and Means committee. 

HB 2176 my Seismic Upgrades Bonding Bill was another bill to get a vote of unanimous support on the House floor this week.   This bill would authorize another round of bonding to strengthen essential infrastructure, setting aside $15 million for schools, and $15 million for emergency buildings.  This is the same amount included in the Governor Kitzhaber’s Budget proposal.  Voters approved a statewide initiative in 2001, establishing the Oregon Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program within the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.  HB 2176 will add additional funding to the grant program. With passage in the House, the bill is now in the Ways and Means committee.

House Joint Memorial 3 is the Local Seafood Marketing Initiative, and is a Pacific Fisheries Legislative Task force effort directing Congress to promote the sale of Oregon Seafood.  Similar legislation is being introduced in the states of Washington, Alaska, Idaho and California to promote their seafood products.  Lawmakers saw the obvious value to our economy, and unanimously approved this measure on a House vote.   HJM 3 has now moved to the Senate Rural Communities and Economic Development Committee, and I have been speaking with the Committee Chairman Senator Arnie Roblan who is confident of its passage.

It is always great to see constituents from District 32 visit the Capitol, and I had a wonderful opportunity to welcome some friends this week.  During the Legislative Session, young people can participate in the Honorary Page program in the House or Senate Chamber.   This week, Tillamook High School freshman Max Norris took a turn as a house page.   Max is interested in political science, government and law, so this was a great opportunity for him to get a close-up view of the state legislative process.    I was proud to see him introduced to the Assembly by Speaker Tina Kotek, and I was personally delighted to be able to introduce Dia Norris in the House Gallery.

This week Governor Kitzhaber announced his nominations for State Boards and Commissions, and I was pleased to see Robin Risley of Cannon Beach nominated for re-appointment to the State Parks and Recreation Commission.   Robin has done an outstanding job during her first term, and is a great representative for the north coast on the Commission.  The Senate will hold confirmation hearings on the Governor’s nominations on April 24th.

This Saturday, US Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici will be holding two town hall meetings in Clatsop County.   On April 1st she will be at the Seaside City Hall from 10:00am to 11:00am, and then she will hold a town hall session at the Warrenton Community Center from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.   This is a great opportunity to learn more about what is happening in Washington, D.C. and to talk with our Congressional Representative about your issues and concerns as they relate to the Federal Government.

For state issues, I am always looking for input from my constituents.  So if you have a concern or comment regarding legislation under consideration, or if you’ve encountered a problem with a state agency, you can also write, phone or email my office, or when you’re in Salem, stop by my office in the Capitol.  It is my privilege to represent you in the House of Representatives, and I look forward to hearing from you.