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
Email: Website:

Greetings from Salem!

Things have been moving quickly this Legislative session, and this week the House passed
SB 1516 A which requires development of plan for Salmonberry Trail, and establishes a Salmonberry Trail Trust Fund.  The Salmonberry Trail will be sited on the Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad which was damaged beyond repair during storms and flooding in 2007.  Oregon State Parks is now working with various stakeholders and interest groups on the Salmonberry Trail Master Plan, which has the potential to be a tremendous benefit bringing all kinds of outdoor recreational activities to the district.   As I mentioned in support of SB 1516 A, this really is a case of Senator Betsy Johnson using her influence and connections to turn lemons into lemonade!  SB 1516 A received a unanimous vote  in the Senate,  had overwhelming support in the House, and now moves back to the Senate for enrollment.

Governor John Kitzhaber has declared March Earthquake and Tsunami Awareness month, and the Office of Emergency Management has scheduled Tsunami and Earthquake Preparedness workshops to help groups serving vulnerable populations.   These free workshops are open for those who work with elders, daycare/infant care, people with disabilities or other vulnerable groups so they can learn more about how to prepare for earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters.  The workshops will be presented by Dr. Althea Rizzo, Geological Hazards Program Coordinator at the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, and Justin E. Ross, Disaster Preparedness Community Outreach and Training Program Coordinator for Oregon Office on Disability and Health. Both are emergency management professionals, and will have lots of valuable information for those attending.  The schedule for Tsunami and Earthquake Preparedness workshops includes:

* March 21: Tillamook - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Tillamook Library

* March 26: Seaside - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Providence Seaside Hospital

* March 27: Astoria - 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m., Judge Guy Boyington Building

For more information on the workshops contact Dr. Althea Rizzo at

 House Bill 4055 A is another piece of legislation that will boost support for emergency responders and 9-1-1 services, and now has been approved by both the House and Senate. HB4055 A is the result of years of work to include prepaid cellphones in the funding stream for Oregon’s emergency responders.    Across the state, nearly 60 call centers together receive thousands of 9-1-1 call every day.   These call centers help communities respond to emergencies by dispatching police, fire and medical services to people in crisis.   HB 4055A now goes to the Governor for his approval.

If you have a concern or comment about a state agency, or pending legislation, you can write me at 900 Court St. NE Salem, OR 97301, phone 503 986-1432 or email   It is my privilege to represent you in the House of Representatives, and I look forward to hearing from you.


Deborah Boone
State Representative District 32