April Newsletter

Sheri Malstrom

Hello Friends,

 April was a productive month for our office at the capitol. I wanted to be sure to share some highlights!

Constituent Coffee

With the help of Ava Roasteria, we were able to host another wonderful Constituent Coffee event prior to the Beaverton Saturday Market on April 15th. It was great to hear about our community’s legislative priorities, as well as discuss the progress that the Oregon Legislature has already made toward supporting our working families.


The consistent message we heard during our coffee meeting was that we need to prevent cuts to the vital education and social services that members of our community depend on. As you may know, the Oregon Legislature recently convened a special Joint Committee to consider different funding mechanisms to address the budget shortfall, and we will include updates on their progress on future newsletters and social media posts. As we continue to move forward with the budget process, please encourage your friends and family to reach out to their legislators with their support for increased revenue to properly fund our schools.

Our next Constituent Coffee details are available below. Come hear about our progress in Salem and share with me your thoughts and concerns and enjoy the Beaverton Farmers Market after the coffee.


Saturday May 13th from 8:30am to 9:30am at Ava Roasteria

4770 SW Hall Blvd. Beaverton, Oregon 97005

Legislation Highlight

HB 2645A: The Drug Take Back Program

This last weekend was National Drug Take-Back weekend, and we joined the good officers down at the Beaverton Police Department while they helped residents dispose of their surplus medications. It was great to talk with them about how a statewide program will improve coordination. You can read more about this program from The Lund Report

This is a very complex piece of legislative, especially for a freshman legislator. House Bill 2645A is designed to create a statewide return program for unused pharmaceuticals. This program intends to reduce accidental poisoning among children, opioid addiction, as well as the chemicals that end up in our drinking water.

Currently, there is no uniform take-back program in the state. Only some communities have access to a take-back program. HB 2645 A will fix this problem. Instead of relying on special events to responsibly dispose of unused drugs, Oregonians will have the opportunity to dispose of pills as easily as they can buy them.


Around The Community

In late April, I had the opportunity to attend the Virginia Garcia Annual Health Care Symposium. At the center of the conversation for the event was the efforts in Washington DC to roll back the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA). Many speakers emphasized the need to be finding ways to increase access for women and children to get healthcare not roll it back. For the moment, efforts by the current Congress and Administration seem to be stalled, but those of us working on healthcare in the states must remain vigilant of the actions of those in DC.


Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici spoke about the need for our most vulnerable populations to keep their coverage through the Oregon Health Plan. We need to keep pressure on those in DC so that Oregonians do not lose their healthcare. Here is a link to where you can learn more about all the important work Virginia Garcia does in Washington County.

Better Know the District

In this section, you will learn a little bit about House District 27. Every newsletter we will try to include something that you might find interesting about HD 27.

Over the weekend I was proud to receive from Tualatin Hills Parks & Rec (THPRD) Commissioner John Griffiths, a framed photo of the Fanno Farmhouse for my Capitol office.


The house is the original home of Augustus Fanno, a prominent Beaverton settler (think Fanno Creek). His original homestead consisted of 640 acres of land and they built the house in 1859. Fanno and his descendants farmed onions on the property from the 1890s to 1940s. They occupied the house until the 1970s. In the 1980s they donated the property and it was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Fanno Farmhouse is located next to Greenway Park near Hall Blvd. and Nimbus Ave. For a full history of the farmhouse visit THPRD’s website here. We look forward to sharing a little bit of Beaverton and Washington County history with all the visitors that come to the Capitol now that this will be hanging in my office.

I hope you have a wonderful May, and I look forward to sharing with you more in our next newsletter.

Best Regards,