March House District 27 Newsletter

Sheri Malstrom

Greetings Friends,

Here is my second newsletter. It has been a busy month for both myself and staff. We have some great news to share and important updates for you.

Start of Session Town Hall

Earlier in the month, Senator Mark Hass, Representative Jeff Barker and I hosted a town hall meeting at the Beaverton Library. We heard from residents from across our districts about the need to increase revenue to prevent cuts to vital services that Oregonians need. Thank you to all that attended. We hope to do more of these events as the session progresses.

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Start of Session Town Hall

Legislation Highlights

HB 2644

If you follow me on Facebook  you probably noticed a few posts from Monday when I carried my first bill on the floor. It was a great learning experience - taking a concept from the first step all the way through committee, working on amendments and taking it to the floor.

House Bill 2644 made a simple but critical change to existing state law. The bill  ensures that Vitamin K is administered to newborns by the most effective means available.  Vitamin K is needed for the formation of blood clots to prevent catastrophic brain and intestinal bleeding. Once we are a little older we can absorb Vitamin K from the foods we eat, but newborns initially lack this ability and need the supplement.

The bill passed 56-1 and has been sent to the Senate Healthcare Committee. More updates to come on this as the bill makes its way through the Oregon Senate.

HCR 19

IIn last month’s newsletter, I shared a Willamette Week story about my bill to make Marion Berry Pie the state pie of Oregon. It’s still getting a fair amount of attention. The overwhelming majority of it is positive. Here’s what the. Corvallis Gazette-Times said recently,

Normally, we have little patience for these silly measures that often show up at the start of the session — legislators call them "cats and dogs," because they run around underfoot until somebody spays or neuters them — but this is not a silly measure. This is serious business. The Legislature should pass this resolution and give the marionberry its rightful place in the pantheon of Oregon delicacies.”

There will be a public hearing on HCR 19 on March 30th between 3-4:45 pm in the House Rules Committee. You find out more about the progress that day here.

HB 2862

Another one of my bills, HB 2862 will be having a public hearing on March 28th in the House Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee

In 2009, the Oregon Nurses Association, the Northwest Health Foundation, and the Oregon Center for Nursing lobbied the legislature to pass the Oregon Nurse Faculty Loan Repayment Program. This program was intended to help Oregon nurses interested in becoming nurse educators pay for their teaching degrees. The need for nurses has never been greater in our communities and we need experienced and qualified teachers to teach the next generation of nurses.

This nurse loan program was funded once at $200,000, but never funded again. With HB 2862 this important loan program will be funded this year at $350,000.

Budget Listening Session

I had the great pleasure of participating in the Washington County Budget Listening session at Beaverton High School. The Beaverton Valley Times covered the event and you can read more about it here. If you've sent comments or testimony to my office they will be forwarded on to the full Ways & Means Committee. You can still e-mail comments and testimony to me at: Rep.SheriMalstrom@oregonlegislature.gov

 

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The legislative life!

Oregon Historical Society Visit

My staff and I recently visited the Oregon Historical Society's giant archival warehouse, aka ‘the Vault". The Society's Executive Director, Kerry Tymchuk led the tour for new legislators and staff and other interested guests.  The tour was an opportunity for us to see some amazing pieces of Oregon history that OHS is preserving for future Oregonians;  and for Kerry to explain OHS's value to Oregon. I'm also proud to say that Kerry is a constituent and fellow resident of House District 27. I love seeing constituents share their passions with our greater community.

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Here I am with the first car ever built in Oregon

Constituent Coffee

Next Constituent Coffee is Saturday April 15, 2017 8:30am-9:30am Ava Roasteria, 4655 SW  Hall Blvd, Beaverton, Oregon. Please come and share with me what's going on in your neighborhood and what you want me to know about legislation down in Salem.

Better Know the District

In this section of our newsletter we will discuss interesting things about House District 27. 

With the weather improving, I wanted to be sure that you were aware our district has some wonderful parks and trail systems.The Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District offers amazing opportunities, often minutes from our own homes to get out and enjoy the district. 

The Fanno Creek Trail on the eastern side of the district starts in Garden Home, crosses west towards HWY-217 and then connects with several segments and parks that allow you to bike and walk from Garden Home through Beaverton and Tigard to downtown Tualatin. On the western side of the district, you will find the Westside Trail.  This trail will eventually go from the PCC Rock Creek Campus to just south of Barrows Rd.  In our district the trail crosses Hart Road, travels south pass Sexton Mountain Elementary School and eventually crosses Scholls Ferry Rd. and ends at Barrows Park.

I hope you will take advantage of these amazing parks and trails!

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Capitol Phone: 503-986-1427

Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-280, Salem, Oregon 97301

Email: Rep.SheriMalstrom@oregonlegislature.gov

Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/malstrom