2016 Legislative Session - A Look Ahead

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2016 Legislative Session is Around the Corner

Hello Friends,

As you all know the 2016 Legislative Session is approaching fast.

I learned a great deal during the first year of my term as your State Representative, and I plan to continue to work on behalf of all of you in House District 19 (Salem, Turner, and Aumsville) and across Oregon. In 2015 I fought hard to create jobs, protect employers, provide transparency in government by introducing the Impeachment Bill, and to provide sufficient funding for K-12 education here in Oregon. Although my colleagues and I were frequently met with opposition, we continued to work on behalf of our constituents by holding those in the majority accountable and by speaking out against government overreach. We stood for the right of Oregon families to have the final say in decisions that effect their families (see a clip of my floor speech here).  It was clear to me in the 2015 session that my work here has just begun.  As a past coach, I felt like I had just learned the "playbook" and now its time to implement the game plan.

In 2016 and forward, my goal is to continue to work alongside my colleagues here in the legislature to improve the lives of all generations of Oregonians.  My focus will be toward a more business and employment friendly economy, an effective educational reform that stays the course, ensuring every child enters school ready to learn and can read by the third grade, and to create pathways for students to engage in Career and Technical Education and post-secondary opportunities.

A Look Ahead

In the 2010 General election, Oregon voters saw fit to pass Measure 71 which called for a Constitutional amendment that would create a short 35-day legislative session in every even-numbered year.

Absent any state emergency requiring legislative attention, the primary goal of short sessions is for the legislature to revise and evaluate state budgets. This allows lawmakers 5 extra weeks to coordinate budgeting efforts which often prove to be one of the most complex and controversial tasks for the legislative body to undertake.

Although state budgets are at the forefront of my legislative agenda in 2016, I will never pass on an opportunity to introduce meaningful legislation on behalf of all Oregonians. Under Measure 71, legislators and legislative committees are allowed to introduce 2 bills each during a short session to allow legislators enough time to fully consider each measure and its effect on Oregonians. With only a short amount of time in session, it is safe to say that my colleagues and I have our work cut out for us. Below are the two measures I have chosen to submit for the consideration of my colleagues this session.

LC 209

This legislative concept would create a brand new career path that did not previously  exist in Oregon. LC 209 provides a framework for Oregonians interested in participating in the promising new career path of anesthesiologist assistants. Anesthesiologists assistants would operate under the supervision of an anesthesiologist organization to preform certain duties assigned to certified anesthesiologists. 

If passed, this bill will serve to assist individuals seeking a new fulfilling career in anesthesiology. This measure will also provide valuable training and experience for assistants who may be seeking to further their career and credentials in this promising field.

LC 228

I have worked closely with Salem's own Willamette Valley Vineyards in developing this legislative concept. LC 228 allows corporations with shares registered under securities law to overrule certain submissions from the shareholder if they have not complied with the public disclosure requirements under securities law. If it is found that a shareholder has not complied with public disclosure requirements, this bill permits corporations to reject a shareholder's vote, consent, or waiver. This measure also permits corporations to accept votes, waivers, consent, or proxy authorization singed on behalf of shareholders in good faith.

If this measure is passed, it will allow corporations, such as Willamette Valley Vineyards, who have a vast amount of widespread shareholders often unable to be present to contribute to corporate decisions, to take necessary action on behalf of the shareholders and to ensure proper and timely management of the corporation.

Yours truly,


Representative Jodi Hack
House District 19

email: Rep.JodiHack@state.or.us I phone: 503-986-1419
address: 900 Court St NE, H-385, Salem, OR 97301
website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/hack