Representative Boone March 30 2017 Update

Deborah Boone

Greetings from Salem!

As we finish up the second month of the of the 79th Oregon Legislative Assembly, bills are moving through the committee process with Public Hearings and Work Sessions.  

As a coastal legislator one of my top priorities remains emergency preparedness, and so I’ve been working on the language of SB 885 relating to professional engineering registration.  Senator Arnie Roblan is the Chief Sponsor of this bill, which seeks to modify provisions allowing waiver of qualification for registration as professional engineer if applicant has professional engineering experience in another jurisdiction.   The reason we have been working on this legislation is due to the help we’ll need in the case of a devastating natural disaster.   SB 885 is currently in the Senate Committee on Business and Transportation, and a Public Hearing was held Monday on the bill.  Senator Roblan and other stakeholders are now refining the legislative language before holding a Work Session to consider any amendments and to move the bill to a Senate Chamber vote.

Another bill we moved this week is HB 2900 which relates to Port Advertising.  I sponsored this legislation to expand the ports authority, allowing them to advertise not only their own facilities, but also activities of the port and those who are using a port.   HB 2900 received a Work Session on Wednesday, and received unanimous support in the House Committee on Economic Development and Trade, and now moves to the House floor with a “Do Pass” recommendation.

I met up with farmers and ranchers from the district on Tuesday, when Dairy Day was celebrated at the Capitol.  Farming and ranching is a major economic driver for our state and Dairy Day offered the opportunity to showcase many wonderful healthy Oregon-produced products, with people enjoying a variety of dairy treats.  Representative Jennifer Williamson, the House Majority Leader, comes from a dairy background, as she grew up on the family dairy farm in Forest Grove.   Although she didn’t participate in the Oregon Dairy Princess competition as a teen, Jennifer full-filled her parents’ dreams last year when she was crowned as an Honorary Dairy Princess.  Rep Williamson and leadership from both the House and Senate joined the current Dairy Princesses, and Chad Allen in a “Milk Toast” to the dairy industry.


Dairy Day Milk Toast
A Milk Toast to the Dairy Industry

As part of the Dairy Day festivities, Governor Kate Brown held a ceremonial signing of SB 1517.   This bill, a first in the nation, establishes a 10-year pilot program giving Tillamook County and local farmers more input and control in the process of wetland restoration projects.  The law creates a collaborative approach for stakeholders to weigh in on the appropriate uses for exclusive farm use lands. Tillamook dairyman Chad Allen spent countless hours lobbying for the effort last session, and recently received the Oregon Farm Bureau Service to Agriculture Award for helping to advance this legislation.  It was nice to be on hand for the Governor’s signing ceremony with Chad and other coastal lawmakers who work to support our dairy industry.

Dairy Day Bill Signing
Governor Brown Signs Senate Bill 1517