Representative Boone March 16 Newsletter

Deborah Boone

Greeting from Salem!

This week the House voted on three bills relating to Oregon Ports.  

HB 2899: Clarifies the Port’s authority to enter into Intergovernmental Agreements as authorized under ORS 190.  This Bill passed unanimously Thursday on a House floor and now moves to the Senate for first reading and committee assignment.

HB 2901: Deals with Port real property purchases and raises the financial bar for the requirement of a second appraisal when the property is valued at $2 million or more.  This also passed easily in the House with a single dissenting vote, and now moves to the Senate.

HB 2902: Relates to language authorizing shipyard operation at Ports.   Five Oregon ports already have shipyards, and this bill adds acquisition and management of shipyards to a list in ORS 777.210 which permits ports to undertake various management activities.  The House approved the bill with a 48-11 vote, sending it to the Senate for committee assignment.

As soon as a bill finishes the committee process and is approved by either a House or Senate vote, it then moves to the other chamber to for committee assignment and Public Hearings and Work Sessions before getting a vote in the second chamber. Therefore, committees are continuing to work on bills, consider amendments and fine tune legislation for consideration. 

While lawmakers were meeting in Salem, Governor Brown visited the coastal communities of Florence and Tillamook this week receiving updates from local leaders on important issues.  Among those traveling with her was Jason Lewis-Berry, her new Regional Solutions Director/Jobs and Economy Policy Advisor.   On Thursday morning Jason Lewis-Berry attended the Coastal Caucus weekly meeting and heard from legislators about our priorities for the coast, including small business support, transportation, land development hurdles and port improvements.  Jason has only been on the job for three weeks, and is learning a lot about some of the struggles facing our coastal rural communities.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department staff has announced three potential river segments to include in the Oregon State Waterway program.  One segment is located in my House District, it is a 15 miles portion of the Nehalem River from the Spruce Run Campground to Nehalem Falls.   The Oregon State Scenic Waterway program was created in 1970 through a ballot initiative.  The program goals are to protect the free-flowing character of the designated rivers, protect and enhance scenic and natural values, recreation, and fish and wildlife while protecting private property rights and encouraging other agencies to act consistently with these goals.  The announcement of the candidates begins a more than year-long process when a determination is made about the waterway’s eligibility, before thorough conversations are held with communities and landowners along each river segment under consideration.  The department’s report and recommendation regarding the Scenic Waterway designation will be sent to the Governor in the early fall of 2018.

Next Wednesday through Friday, the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles office in Astoria will be closed to upgrade their public restroom to meet accessibility standards.  Normally open from 9am to 5pm, the office will close Tuesday at 5pm and reopen the following Monday March 27th.   While this could be inconvenient, you may be able to do your DMV business on line.  Visit to renew your vehicle registration, file a change of address or file notice of sale of your vehicle without having to visit an office.

Speaking of office visits, I always look forward when someone from the north coast comes to Salem.  My schedule can get very busy, so it’s best to contact my office in advance so we can try to schedule an appointment.  My office is at H-481 and my door is always open to constituents.   This week we had visitors from district to talk about local credit unions, county road departments, Oregon Youth Authority facilities, nurses and a student group from the North Coast Christian School.   If you have a concern or comment about a state agency or proposed legislation, you can write, phone or email my office.

It is my privilege to serve you in the House of Representatives and I look forward to hearing from you.  Your input helps me make the decisions that best represent House District 32.


Representative Deborah Boone

House District 32

email: I phone: 503-986-1432
address: 900 Court St NE, H-481, Salem, OR, 97301