First Legislative Update of 2017

Carla Piluso


The first few weeks of the 2017 Legislative Session came and went quickly. I’ve been working hard on issues like affordable housing and funding for public safety. I’ve also had many opportunities just in the last month to hear from you. Here’s what I’ve been up to and what I’ve learned.

First Coffee, Next Coffee

I hosted my first coffee of the 2017 Legislative Session with Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson. The room was packed. Thank you to everyone who attended! We answered questions about everything from healthcare to housing, graduation rates, and public safety. Please join us for our next coffee (new date!) on April 1st at 10 AM. We’ll meet again at the Rockwood Public Safety Building. I hope to see you there.

February Coffee

Around the District: Gordon Russell

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I recently visited Gordon Russell Middle School to talk to 8th graders about the legislative process and bills I’ve worked on. Then I asked students to come up with a bill of their own. They had all sorts of great ideas, like addressing poverty and more funding for music and P.E.  Hearing from the students at Gordon Russell was inspiring. I found them to be smart, funny, opinionated, and incredibly observant. I’m hopeful for our future because of them.

Press Conference with the Governor

Earlier in February, I stood with Governor Brown and my colleagues to express support for smarter gun laws. Senate Bill 797 prevents abusive dating partners from having guns and prohibits convicted stalkers from buying or possessing guns. This bill also closes the "Charleston Loophole" which allows a gun sale to proceed after three business days, even if the background check is incomplete. SB 797 will help reduce gun violence by making it harder for guns to fall into the wrong hands, and I am proud to support it.

Press Conference

Meeting with Constituents

In the last month, I've heard from you in multiple ways--at the East County Budget Listening Session, at my coffee with Laurie Monnes Anderson, and in my office, where you met with me and told me about the issues that are impacting you.

Town Hall


It’s no secret that the 2017-2018 budget cycle presents serious challenges for my colleagues and I here in Salem. The Joint Ways & Means Committee, made up of Senators and Representatives who are specifically tasked with drafting a budget, held hearings across the state. Several of my East County colleagues decided to hold our own listening session so that we could focus on specific concerns from you, our constituents. I learned that many folks feel that we shouldn’t be pitting services against each other and that we need to raise revenue. I will continue to listen for revenue proposals that make sense.

I had a lot of visitors from House District 50 this month! I met with firefighters, advocates, and even welcomed students to the Capitol. I expect that I will have the opportunity to meet with more of my constituents in March and April as well. If you’d like to schedule a visit, you can email me at, and we’ll get you on the calendar.


Stay In Touch

It’s important to me that we stay in touch about the work I’m doing here in Salem. If you can’t make it to the Capitol for a visit, please attend one of my coffees, call me at 503-986-1450, or send me an email. You can also follow me on Facebook.

The Legislative process is complicated. If you want to know more about the bills I’m working on, take a look at my Bill Tracker. All the bills I’ve signed onto are listed in one place. My staff and I are always happy to answer your questions.

That wraps it up for this month! As I mentioned earlier, I hope to see you at the Capitol or at my coffee on April 1st. Talk to you soon.

Carla Sig

Representative Carla C. Piluso 

email: I phone: 503-986-1450
address: 900 Court St NE, H-491, Salem, OR 97301