Riley Report: March, 2017 Edition

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March, 2017

The first six weeks of the legislative session have been busy here in Salem, but I always have time to meet with my constituents. If you’re planning to be in Salem, contact my office so my staff can make sure to reserve time on my calendar so I can meet with you while you’re here.

A good opportunity to meet with me in-district is at one of my constituent coffees. Mark your calendar and join me at my next constituent coffee at BJ’s Coffee Co. - 2834 Pacific Ave., # C in Forest Grove happening Saturday, March 25th from 10 AM to 11 AM. If you won’t be able to join me for the constituent coffee, or if you have an issue that isn’t conducive to group conversation, call or email my office about setting up a phone or an in-person meeting for another time.

Legislative Update

I’m tracking several of my bills as they move through the legislative process. Some of my bills that have already had public hearings include SB 123, which creates Children’s Special Districts; SB 115, which phases out leaded aviation fuel by 2022; and SB 129, which will establish a taskforce to address PTSD.

Upcoming public hearings and possible work sessions have been scheduled for several of my bills. Here is a brief overview of a few of my bills with upcoming hearings: SB 117 - addresses predatory towing; SB 126 - offers juvenile Measure 11 offenders the opportunity to apply for a second look once they have served at least one half of their sentence; and SB 116 - extends the Veterans State Park Pass to include State Forests.

If you’re interested in testifying on one of my bills, contact my office so we can walk you through how to submit written testimony online or oral testimony at the committee hearing.

Community Information and Events

Did you know that OSU has an extension office in Washington County? They offer a variety of programs that include 4-H Youth Development; Agriculture & Field Crops; Family & Community Health; Nutrition Education; Forestry; and Master Gardeners.

The Oregon State Capitol is celebrating Cherry Blossom Day! Come explore the impact of Japanese culture in Oregon and the cherry industry at this event that includes exhibits, booths, music and more! This event takes place at the Capitol Mall in Salem on Saturday, March 18, from 10 AM to 2 PM.  This event is free and open to the public.

If you can’t make it down to Salem for Cherry Blossom Day and want to do some spring cleaning instead, you can head to Metro’s free household hazardous waste collection event from 9 AM to 2 PM at Neil Armstrong Middle School in Forest Grove. Accepted items: paints and stains; pesticides and poisons; cleaners and disinfectants; batteries; aerosols; automotive products; and pool, spa or hobby chemicals. No electronics or garbage are accepted.

As part of the Womens’ History Month celebrations Governor Barbara Roberts will be speaking about her journey to become Oregon’s first female governor on Thursday March 23, at noon in Hearing Room C at the Capitol.

The 71st Annual All Northwest Barbershop Quartet Contest will be held in Forest Grove - March 24-25. The elimination round will be on Friday March 24, at 7 PM, and the top 8 finalist groups will perform on Saturday March 25, at 2 PM and 7 PM.

Washington County Cooperative Library Services is pleased to host the week-long Art of the Story Festival featuring thirteen unique storytelling performances and one workshop throughout Washington County from April 1-8.

Openings on My Small Business Advisory Council

I currently have a couple of openings on my Small Business Advisory Council. The Council meets monthly, in the district, to discuss impediments to small business, and I attend every other month to discuss their recommendations. I’m looking for small business owners who live and/or work in Senate District 15 to join the Council.  Be sure to contact my office if you’re interested in learning more. 


Sen. Riley stands in Senate lobby with group of students from FGHS

Meeting with the members of the Forest Grove High School Health Advisory Committee in the Capitol.

A snapshot of my Q&A with a group of students from Brookwood Elementary in the Senate Chamber Gallery.

Sen. Riley addresses a large group of students seated in the Senate gallery
Senator Riley stands in his office to the left of a woman and man from NAMI

Meeting with representatives from NAMI Washington County on Mental Health Lobby Day. 

Here I am with students at Glencoe High School’s RoboExpo on March 2nd. These students are gaining valuable STEM skills and having fun at the same time. It was a great event!

Sen. Riley stands with a group of 6 students -- one of whom is holding a small robot, with another robot on the floor in front of the senator
Senator Riley stands at the door of his office with 4 children in Montessori shirts

Visiting with McMinnville Montessori School students during Montessori Day at the Capitol.

More robots! This was the Orenco Elementary School team and their teacher Nikki Beale at Intel Oregon's FIRST LEGO LEAGUE (FLL) Championship Tournament at Glencoe High School on March 5th.

Sen. Riley stands with a group of 7 students with their teacher in a school gym
Senator Riley stands to the right, and Katie Riley stands to the left of Maria Caballero Rubio.

Sen. Riley and Katie Riley supporting Centro Cultural at their annual Gala.  Seen here with Maria Caballero Rubio, Centro's Executive Director.

Here I am with fellow legislators at the Washington County Budget Town Hall on March 9th.

Flags hanging down from the ceiling over a long table with 10 legislators sitting at it facing out towards the audience


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As always, I am here to serve you.  If there is something I can do to assist you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office.


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Senator Chuck Riley

Senate District 15

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address: 900 Court St NE, S-303, Salem, OR, 97301

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