May 25 2016 Newsletter

Deborah Boone

Greetings from Salem!

Lawmakers returned to the Capitol this week for Legislative Days.   Legislative days are held every couple of months during the interim so lawmakers can receive updates on agencies, legislation implementation and hold informational workshops.  The three days have been very busy, with Ways and Means Human Services Subcommittee, Energy and Environment committee, the Coastal Caucus and Veterans and Emergency Preparation Committee meetings. 

Monday night, Governor Kate Brown graciously hosted an informal reception at her official residence, and opened Mahonia Hall for women legislators and their staff members.  It was nice to meet up with the Governor and other lawmakers and friends.


Rep Boone, Deb Farr, Gov Brown

Representative Deborah Boone, Deb Farr, Governor Kate Brown

On Tuesday, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1507 relating to tax credit bill in her ceremonial offices.  SB 1507 has tremendous economic development potential, and included tax credits for rural medical practices, Oregon-based film and video productions, alternative energy devices and bio-mass energy generation.  The room was filled with industry representatives on hand to see the bill signed into law.   Among those in attendance were Sara Pierson, the 2016 Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador, and Gina Atsma. Oregon Dairy Princess First Alternate.  These young women are 5th generation dairy farmers, and represent Oregon’s 240 dairy farm families. Since their coronation in February, they have already spoken to more than 7,000 school age students, and will have a busy summer touring the state promoting Oregon’s Dairy Industry.

Rep Boone and Oregon Dairy Princesses

Gina Atsma, Sara Pierson, and Representative Deborah Boone


As Vice Chair of the House Veterans and Emergency Preparedness Committee, I have strongly advocated for seismic upgrades for our vulnerable infrastructure. With the support and leadership from Senate President Peter Courtney, last session Oregon lawmakers approved the sale of $175 million in bonds to fund seismic safety grants for schools,  in April the first $50 million was awarded to 41 schools, and three are located in House District 32.   The Neah-Kah-Nie School District will receive $1,396,000 to retrofit Nehalem Elementary, Tillamook District #9, was awarded $1,161,400 for upgrades at Liberty Elementary, and Gaston Elementary school is receiving $1,493,000 for seismic work.   Business Oregon is overseeing the grant process, applications are being taken throughout the summer and another round of grants will be awarded later this year.

This week in the House Energy and Environment Committee we received a report from Louise Solliday, Executive Director of the Ocean Science Trust.  Solliday says a recent Science Summit identified funding priorities for nearshore research, which include assessments of nearshore species and habitats, how species and habitat associations and interactions in the nearshore inform ocean health, effects people have on nearshore resources and how the nearshore resources impact people and communities, and the effects climate change and ocean acidification have on species, their habitats, and how future impacts key stressors will include ecological function and species in the future.  The Oregon Science Trust will meet again next month and develop a public review process, with the plan to request funds in the next biennium in an effort to leverage federal and private resource to fund the research.

In the Coastal Caucus meeting, we received updates on the south coast dredging efforts and plans for north coast port dredging in the coming biennium.  We also had a good discussion about the 5th annual Oregon Coastal Economic Summit August 8th and 9th at the Mill Casino in North Bend.   This year theme is “Voices from Coastal and Rural Oregonians: Building a Collaborative Pathway to Economic Development and Prosperity for Rural and Coastal Communities.” This should be an information packed session highlighting the collaboration needed to help prepare our communities to meet the rapidly changing state and global economies.

I was so happy to see students from HD 32 competing and winning in the 3rd annual Oregon Coast Renewable Energy Challenge last month at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.  This year nearly 200 students brought 59 wind, solar or wave energy devices.  Students from Seaside, Warrenton and Tillamook demonstrated the speed and energy their model devices could produce.  Student-scientists from Seaside High School placed 1st in the Wave Energy category, and took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in both the Solar Car and Solar Boat competitions!

Warrenton won the Solar “other” category, and in Wind energy, 8-12th grades, Tillamook TAG students received 3rd place honors.  As Oregon and the nation move to more renewable energy resources, it is gratifying to know that our local students have the imagination, drive and dedication to find creative ways to invent new energy sources.


Testing Solar Boat

Demonstrating a Solar Powered Boat

Seaside High School was also the site of the first Honorary Artists of Oregon Day Celebration, and it was wonderful!  Last year, Hayley Rollins, a Broadway Middle School 8th grader suggested designating a day to honor Oregon artists.  I was delighted to sponsor HB 3042 which names April 14th as Honorary Artists of Oregon Day.  This year,  Hayley worked with staff at Seaside High School, and twenty-five Oregon artists who came to the school donating their time and supplies to teach 90 minute art workshops for all students.  From glasswork to Russian egg painting, students were able to experience hands-on artistic endeavors including painting, design, woodcarving, bookbinding, drawing and so much more.  After the workshops an assembly was held to celebrate the artists, students and Hayley Rollins.   It was a real treat to be a part of the first Honorary Artists of Oregon Day Celebration, and Hayley says they are planning to expand it to a half-day in 2017.

Art Students

Culinary artistry with Chelsea Archibald from Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach

Spring is a time of new beginnings, and throughout the district students are completing their high school and college work, and participating in commencement ceremonies.  It is an exciting and rewarding time when people finish a phase of their education and take their next steps in their life adventure.  I want to congratulate all graduates and offer my best wishes for a prosperous and fulfilling future.

Even when the Legislature is not in session, we still check our messages regularly, so if you do have a concern or comment or need help regarding a state issue or agency, please contact my office.  It is my privilege to represent you in the Oregon House of Representatives and I look forward to hearing from you.



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