Riley Report: April, 2017 Edition

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April, 2017

We are now past the halfway mark of the legislative session, and thus the first set of legislative deadlines have passed here in Salem. With limited exceptions, this means that bills that have not moved out of their chamber of origin are no longer moving forward this session. While there were some good bills that, unfortunately, did not pass ahead of this deadline, my colleagues and I can give the remaining bills our full attention.

If you  would like to meet with me to hear about my legislative priorities, share concerns about our community, or just catch up – then please join me at my next Constituent Coffee at Insomnia Coffee Company’s Mainstreet  location: 317 E Main St, Hillsboro on May 6 at 10 AM. If you need to speak with me about an issue at length or have concerns that are best addressed in a one-on-one meeting, please contact my Salem office to set up a meeting. 

Legislative Update

I’d like to highlight the current status of five of my bills that are moving forward in the legislative process:

Three of my bills have passed out of the Senate unanimously and are now moving through the House. The first of these, SB 117, helps protect Oregonians from predatory towing practices. The second, SB 116, expands the Veterans Park Pass to include free entry into State Forests for eligible veterans. The third bill, SB 129, creates a comprehensive task force to assess PTSD diagnosis and treatment practices in Oregon.

Two of my bills are securing the hearings necessary to make it to the Senate floor. The first SB 121,  directs TriMet to perform a feasibility study regarding expanding the MAX line westward into Cornelius and Forest Grove. SB 121 has successfully passed out of the Senate Committee on Business and Transportation and is currently in the Joint Committee on Ways and Means where it will be considered as part of budget discussions. Finally, SB 123, creates Children’s Special Districts to provide activities for children outside of school time, is currently in the Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue.

Participating in the Process

I encourage you to actively engage in the legislative process, but I understand that some people find getting involved to be daunting or confusing. I hope that these tips will provide clear means through which you can voice your opinions on bills you care about:

Submitting Online Testimony

If you are not able to make it to Salem to offer in-person testimony or have more than 3-minutes of orated content to share with legislators on a bill, you can submit online testimony by following these steps:

1. Open your web browser and navigate to the Oregon Legislative Information System (OLIS) site

2. Click on the “Bills” button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen

3. Enter the number of the bill you would like to provide input on in the search bar, and open the link

4. On the bills page under “Overview,” find the current committee that the bill is assigned to, and open the link for that committee

5. On the “Committee’s page, under “Staff,” there will be a link to the committee’s exhibit email

6. Open an email draft through the exhibit link, put the bill number in the subject line; add any input you would like the legislators to review when discussing the bill

7. NOTE: Your testimony must be submitted via email before the start of the public hearing to which your bill is assigned. To gauge when this deadline is, search your bill as you did in steps 2 and 3, then scroll to “Scheduled Events.”

Offering In-Person Testimony

If you can travel to Salem to offer in-person testimony at the public hearing for a bill of interest, you can do so through following these steps:

1. Open your web browser and navigate to the Oregon Legislative Information System (OLIS) site

2. Click on the “Bills” button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen

3. Enter the number of the bill you would like to provide input on in the search bar, and open the link

4. On the bill’s page under “Scheduled Events,” you will be able to see when and where the bill will be heard for a public hearing. Take note that assignments for these hearings might be added or changed daily, so it is advised to check scheduled events status regularly

5. Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the appropriate hearing room in the Capitol to sign your name on the public testimony clipboard. If you have trouble locating the appropriate hearing room, refer to the information desk in the Capitol’s lobby for assistance

6. Public testimonies are limited to 3 minutes. It is wise to plan appropriately. 

If you have any further questions as to how to provide testimony, be sure to contact our office.

Community Information and Events

On Saturday, April 29, you can choose from a wide variety of community events. The Hillsboro Eco Fair and Tire Collection Event will be at Lincoln High School from 10 AM-1 PM. Hillsboro residents can bring up to six tires to be recycled for a small donation. While there everyone can take in the Love Tapestry recycled art exhibit and other family-friendly activities. When you’ve finished at the Eco Fair, head over to enjoy Golden Valley Brewery of Beaverton’s free Birthday Bash for William Shakespeare from 1 PM-4 PM. All ages are welcome to join in on the fun of games, insult duels, steampunk building workshops, magic tricks, and more! Alternatively, you can head to the Jackson Bottom Wildlife refuge from 9 AM-3 PM for the 6th Annual Native Plant Sale. Also on April 29, the Forest Grove Police Department is hosting a prescription drug take back day from 10 AM-2 PM. Simply bring your unwanted prescription medications to the Forest Grove Police Department for safe, responsible disposal.

Are you ready for fresh, local produce and a fun market experience? The Hillsboro and Forest Grove farmers’ markets are preparing to open for the season. The Hillsboro Farmers’ Market is having its opening weekend celebration April 29 & 30. The Forest Grove Farmers’ Market will take place on Wednesdays from 4 PM-8 PM, starting May 3.

If you live in North Plains and need to clean out your storage space or live anywhere in the region and want to find unique treasures, you should plan to visit North Plains on May 6 for the City Wide Garage Sale.

The Hillsboro Police Department will be running two important events in May. First, the Shred It Event at the Hillsboro District Office, 3083 NE 49th Place, will allow for you to shred your confidential documents for free between the hours of 8 AM-12 PM on Saturday, May 6. Second, the HPD will be running a Body Worn Camera Community Forum in the Shute Park Library on Monday, May 15 from 6:30 PM-8 PM. This event will offer the public an opportunity to ask questions, share concerns, or voice support for a new body-worn camera program funded by a federal grant.

On May 7, the Oregon Humanities Project will be hosting one of their “Conversation Project” events at the Tillamook Forestry Center. The topic for this event is “What do we want from the wild?” This is a free event and is open to the public, but advanced registration is required. Click on the link above to learn more and to find out how to register.

It’s time for spring cleaning! On Saturday, May 13, the cities of North Plains and Forest Grove are hosting annual clean-up events. Cornelius is holding its annual clean-up day a week later on May 20.

If you’re a badminton enthusiast,  check out the 2017 U.S. Masters International Badminton Championship, This event  will be held at the Oregon Badminton Academy in Beaverton from May 18 through 21. Come watch some competitive badminton or even compete yourself! 

Two events for the family will be taking place in Hillsboro on Saturday, May 20. A Public Works Day event will take place in the Tom Hughes Plaza in Downtown from 8 AM-1:30 PM.  This event will give the public the opportunity to appreciate the work done by Public Works employees through equipment demonstrations and the chance to hop into public works vehicles. The Kids to Parks Day event, which consists of various free activities ranging from nature crafts to animal track identification, will be taking place from 10 AM-1 PM in Orenco Woods Nature Park.

And last, but not least, if you have the opportunity to travel down to the Capitol in Salem on Saturday, May 20, you will have the chance to enjoy the Asian and Pacific Islander Day at the Capitol. Come celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander culture by experiencing educational exhibits, performances, display booths, and music from 10 AM-2 PM.


picture of Sen. Riley standing with 5 people in his Salem office

Here I am meeting with constituents and representatives from the Hemophilia Oregon who came down to Salem to talk about bleeding disorders. 

I had a chance to meet with students from W.L. Henry Elementary School here in the Capitol – thank you for visiting, and thank you for your questions!

Sen. Riley's back is to the camera and he is addressing a large group of students sitting on the ground outside the Senate chamber
Senator Riley stands with a group of constituents all wearing orange tshirts in the 3rd floor senate wing lobby area

Thank you, Causa, for coming to Salem to meet with me!

Talking with advocates in my Salem office. 

Sen. Riley sits at his desk while two women talk to him and point to materials they brought


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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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