January Newsletter 2017

Laurie Monnes Anderson
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Hello subscribers to Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson’s newsletter,


As 2017 begins, many of us are taking a moment to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments and thinking of the challenges and opportunities ahead. The same is true in the Legislature, and this time of year I can’t help but reflect on the good things we’ve done.

The 2017 legislative session convenes February 1, and I look forward to returning to the Capitol to continue fighting for Oregon families, creating a climate where local businesses thrive, and prioritizing funding for our public schools. These are the priorities I continue to hear from my constituents in District 25 and I will focus on advancing these priorities in the New Year.

You can follow my work in Salem by visiting my website or liking my Facebook page! I also encourage you to follow the Legislature’s deliberations through the Oregon Legislative Information System (OLIS), where you can find current information about bills, votes, committee agendas, legislative history, and much more.

As always, it’s important that I hear from you about your priorities. Your opinions are invaluable when it’s time for me to make decisions in the legislative process. If you have questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to call my Capitol office at 503­-986-­1725 or email at Sen.LaurieMonnnesAnderson@state.or.us.

Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and happy New Year!


New Laws: January 1, 2017

Senate Democratic Highlights:

SB 1503: Access to Affordable Primary and Mental Health Care

SB 1517: Encouraging Local Collaboration on Wetland Restoration Projects

SB 1524: Improving Ease of Access to Medical Marijuana for Veterans

SB 1527: Ensuring Efficiency and Accountability for Transit Riders

SB 1554: Guidelines for Managing an Individual’s “Digital Assets”

SB 1567: Criminal Impersonation

SB 1600: Eliminating the Statute of Limitations for First-Degree Sex Crimes with New Evidence

HB 4046: Enhancing Penalties for Poaching

HB 4053: Streamlining Brewery Licenses and Applications

HB 4067: Protecting Whistleblowers in Public and Non-Profit Sectors

HB 4082: Preventing Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

HB 4106: Ensuring Agency Accountability and Oversight

HB 4128: Preventing ‘Notario’ Fraud


Other bills going into effect January, 1 include:

SB 1599: Relating to calculation for maintaining status as a major political party

HB 4019: Clarifies duties of Executive Director of the Office of Student Access and Completion

HB 4104: Excludes health insurance offering limited benefit coverage from certain statutory requirements for health insurance coverage

HB 4121: Cancels 2017 restoration of Construction Contractors Board contested case process

HB 4140: Prohibits release of Sky Lantern in Oregon airspace




Senate Democratic 2016 Accomplishment Summaries:

SB 1503 Access to Affordable Primary and Mental Health Care

Oregon’s Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants fill critical roles in our state’s delivery of primary care and mental health services, especially in rural Oregon. In 2013, the Legislature enacted a law to ensure that these providers are reimbursed at the same rate as physicians for providing the same services. Senate Bill 1503 ensures that these essential providers can continue to deliver quality, cost-effective care in underserved areas by making this law permanent.

SB 1517 Encouraging Local Collaboration on Wetland Restoration Projects

Senate Bill 1517 creates a pilot project in Tillamook County to establish a more collaborative impact review process for wetland restoration projects. SB 1517 authorizes the pilot project for 10 years, giving the Legislature opportunity to review it before making it permanent.

SB 1524 Improving Ease of Access to Medical Marijuana for Veterans

Under current law, individuals with valid medical marijuana cards are required to see a physician annually to maintain their eligibility. Senate Bill 1524 creates an exception to this requirement for 100 percent permanently disabled veterans, removing an unnecessary barrier by ensuring that these former service members don’t have to complete this process annually.

SB 1527 Ensuring Efficiency and Accountability for Transit Riders

Senate Bill 1527 makes changes benefitting public transit riders throughout Oregon by ensuring that funds placed on an eFare card will remain in the account and available to the rider in perpetuity, regardless of length of inactivity.

SB 1554 Guidelines for Managing an Individual’s “Digital Assets”

In today’s day and age, many of us have online lives consisting of electronic information such as photographs, correspondence and important business records or other documents with significant financial value. When an individual dies or becomes disabled, they often leave behind this digital legacy for friends, family members and other designees to manage. Senate Bill 1554 enacts the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, a national policy standard. The Act lays out clear guidelines, responsibilities and directives for account users to make clear their wishes for designees who are acting on the wishes of the person they represent, and for online providers who are often the custodians of these important digital assets.

SB 1567 Criminal Impersonation

Senate Bill 1567 closes a loophole in existing law by making it clear that it is a crime to impersonate someone with the intent to humiliate, harm or harass a person. SB 1567 provides an important mechanism to hold offenders, particularly those who use technology for violence or other harm, accountable for these kinds of abusive tactics. SB 1567 builds upon the necessary work the Legislature has undertaken in previous sessions to ensure that victims are protected in a fast-paced digital age.

SB 1600 Eliminating the Statute of Limitations for First-Degree Sex Crimes with New Evidence

Senate Bill 1600 authorizes the prosecution of first-degree sex crimes at any time after the crime is committed, if the prosecuting attorney obtains additional, corroborating evidence such as non-DNA physical evidence, such as a video or audio recording; confession by the defendant to that particular crime; statements by the victim made close in time to the alleged crime; or when multiple victims come forward alleging crimes similar enough to be on the same list of charges.

HB 4046 Enhancing Penalties for Poaching

House Bill 4046 cracks down on poachers by increasing penalties for unlawfully taking or killing certain game wildlife. The bill increases the maximum fine amount for illegally taking certain species and requires the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to revoke all licenses, tags and permits issued to those convicted of a first poaching offense. Upon an individual’s second conviction within a 10-year period, the bill prohibits the individual from applying for or obtaining a license, tag or permit. Upon a third poaching conviction within 10 years, all guns, boats, vehicles, traps and other implements used in committing the offense are subject to civil forfeiture. This bill is designed to address a key problem for rural Oregon communities.


HB 4053 Streamlining Brewery Licenses and Applications

House Bill 4053 expands the activities covered by a brewery license to include retail sales and special events. Currently, breweries may have to receive three or more separate permits to engage in these activities. HB 4053 makes this permitting process more efficient, helping breweries expand and do more business while maintaining public health and safety.

HB 4067 Protecting Whistleblowers in Public and Nonprofit Sectors

House Bill 4067 creates a new set of legal protections for whistleblowers and makes clear that these protections apply to all public and nonprofit employees and board members. The bill will promote transparency, helping to ensure that employees can safely report abuse, crimes and other serious misconduct in their workplace without fearing retaliation or discipline as a result of their disclosures.

HB 4082 Preventing Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

House Bill 4082 closes a loophole in Oregon’s laws to better protect victims of sex trafficking. The bill expands the crime of promoting prostitution to include bartering goods, services or anything of value in exchange for prostitution services, rather than strictly an exchange of money, as is in current statute. The bill comes at the recommendation of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Work Group, which meets regularly with stakeholders to address the needs of sex trafficking victims, many of whom are minors.

HB 4106 Ensuring Agency Accountability and Oversight

House Bill 4106 requires all state agencies to report annually to the Legislature on information related to the use of temporary rulemaking. This new requirement ensures the Legislature and Oregonians are apprised of agency rules and actions.

HB 4128 Preventing “Notario” Fraud

In Oregon, only attorneys and federally authorized individuals can provide legal advice on immigration matters. However, some unqualified individuals advertising their services as a “notario” -- a misleading term because, in many countries, “notario” refers to someone with the same training and authority as an attorney -- deceive consumers and provide illegitimate services. House Bill 4128 cracks down on “notario” fraud by strengthening penalties, tightening standards for becoming a notary public and providing law enforcement and other agencies with more effective tools to protect consumers and hold fraudulent practitioners accountable.


This ends our newsletter for January 2017.


Warmest Regards,


Laurie Monnes Anderson
State Senator, District 25

email: Sen.LaurieMonnesAnderson@oregonlegislature.gov
phone: 503-986-1725
address: 900 Court St NE, S-211, Salem, OR, 97301
website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/monnesanderson