2015 Session: Priorities and Agenda

Laurie Monnes Anderson

Friends and Neighbors,

The 78th Legislative Assembly convened this week and I’m proud to represent Senate District 25 as your State Senator. I’m ready to get to work to invest in job creation, improve access to quality K-12 and higher education, protect Oregon’s clean air and water for future generations, and prioritize support for Oregonians who are struggling to get by.

Your feedback is incredibly important, and I want to hear your priorities for Senate District 25 and Oregon. To weigh in, please consider taking my 2015 Session Survey, or email sen.lauriemonnesanderson@state.or.us or call my office at the State Capitol at 503 986 1725.

2015 Legislative Agenda

This week, Oregon Senate Democrats introduced their 2015 Legislative Agenda, which prioritizes the concerns that I’ve heard from so many community members in Senate District 25.

Specifically, the Senate Democrats’ 2015 Legislative Agenda focuses on five key areas:

  • Invest in Education and Workforce Development
  • Strengthen Oregon Businesses and Create Family Wage Jobs
  • Stand up for Rural Oregon Communities
  • Fight for Working Families and Struggling Oregonians
  • Ensure Efficient Government to Protect Critical Services

Proposals aim to protect school funding and prioritize early childhood education, make college more affordable, expand career training opportunities, invest in critical transportation infrastructure, protect Oregon’s clean air and water, ensure Oregonians can access mental health services, strengthen contracting laws, and scrutinize tax credits to ensure they are reaching their intended purpose to create jobs and stimulate the economy. 

Our objectives are achievable and common-sense, and they’re the priorities of everyday Oregonians who know we must invest in education and job creation.

As we embark on this 78th Legislative Session, I want to stress my commitment to working in a bipartisan manner to find solutions to the problems you care most about. The challenges we face are not simple ones, but together I know we can reinvest in education, protect our most vulnerable, and get people back to work by helping small businesses across the state.

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Senator Monnes Anderson Meeting with Gresham Head Start

2015 Priority Legislation:

I strongly believe it is our duty as Legislators to do everything we can to help the victims of domestic violence and stop further acts from happening. There are two very important bills I am championing this year:

Senate Bill 525 

Would prohibit those convicted of domestic violence from owning firearms  

Senate Bill 526 

Would modify certain definition of “physical injury” relating to domestic violence 

As Chair of the Senate Committee on Health Care (as well as a retired nurse), I am committed to maintaining a strong, healthy Oregon. Because of this commitment, I am sponsoring three bills this session relating to smoking and smoking products in our State:

Senate Bill 340

Would prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors

Senate Bill 415

Would ban the sale of flavored tobacco and similar products in the State

Senate Bill 445

Would require marijuana facilities to post a notice of the risks and harmful effects or marijuana on pregnant women 

Stay in Touch

Please keep in touch with my office as session progresses. If you're planning a trip to the Capitol during session, please contact my office in advance so we can schedule a few minutes to chat. I’m always eager to hear from my constituents about their ideas and suggestions for what the Legislature should be focusing on during our time in Salem. 

You can also follow along during the Legislative Session by visiting my website or liking my Facebook page! I also encourage you to follow the Legislature’s work on bills, votes, and committees through the Oregon Legislative Information System (OLIS).     

Yours truly,


Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson

email: Sen.LaurieMonnesAnderson@state.or.usI phone: 503-986-1725
address: 900 Court St NE, S-413, Salem, OR, 97301
website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/monnesanderson