Week Four Update

Updates from Senator Tim Knopp.

Senator Tim Knopp

Meeting Constituents About Revenue

It was great to meet with folks from SD 27. It is always great to have people make the trip over the pass to come visit with me at our capitol in Salem.

Constituents- SEIU Revenue

Special Education Funding

Last week, I testified in the Senate Education Committee on Senate Bill 574 which would increase the funds available to schools for students with high cost disabilities. I believe every child deserves access to an education environment where they belong and succeed. Increasing the resources available for educating students with special needs will help ensure that all students can grow and achieve.

OSU-Cascades Expansion

The House Committee on Higher Education and Workforce Development held a hearing last Thursday on House Bill 2782, which will create bonds to fund the expansion of the Oregon State University-Cascades campus. OSU-Cascades is a vital job creator and educational resource for Central Oregon as the only four-year university in the region. I was involved in helping found and fund what was then the branch campus of Oregon State University. I am excited by opportunity we have here to improve the economy, education, and the quality of life for Central Oregonians.


Higher Education Debt Relief

As part of working as a legislator, I get the opportunity to work with many young people who are just learning about government and the legislative process. One of those young people is my legislative intern Jason Dudash. Jason attends Corban University and is studying criminal justice. He had the opportunity to speak on behalf of Senate Bill 595 which would create a tax credit to offset the cost of student loan interest for students that stay in Oregon. Jason, who has student loans of his own, did a great job testifying in committee. I introduced SB 595 to help families with the ever increasing cost of higher education debt. Thanks to Jason for handling this hearing.

Jason Dudash

Supporting Reforestation After Wildfires

Forest Fire

Wildfires are a major concern for many Central Oregonians and a significant part of preventing wildfires is adequately “reforesting” areas damaged after major fires. Between 2013 and 2015, Oregon saw between 53,000 and 104,000 acres of public and private lands burned by forest fire. Unfortunately, reforestation can be very expensive, especially after landowners deal with the fire itself and the damage it leaves in its wake. I introduced Senate Bill 633 this session to help landowners “reforest” their property. Not only will this improve forest health and protect the environment, it will create jobs and reduce the risk of future fires. I testified in favor of the bill last Wednesday and I hope that the Legislature will take action to help landowners recover from the devastating forest fires. 

Best Regards,


Senator Tim Knopp 
Senate District 27

email: sen.timknopp@oregonlegislature.gov I phone: 503-986-1727
address: 900 Court St NE, S-309, Salem, OR, 97301
website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/knopp