1st week of the 2019 Legislative Session!

Jack Zika

Kicking off the 2019 Legislative Session!

Hello Friends,

Welcome to my newsletter! The 80th Legislative session kicked off earlier this week with many bills introduced. I will be sending out updates periodically to help you stay connected throughout this 5-month legislative session. 

I was delighted to meet many new colleagues on the House floor and have my family with me when I took the oath of office. I also appreciate all the calls, emails, and texts I have been receiving from my constituents. I serve you. 

Last month, I received my committee assignments for the 2019 legislative session. The following committees are as follows: 

  • Human Services and Housing House Committee
  • Veterans and Emergency Preparedness House Committee
  • Energy and Environment House Committee

Additionally, I will be serving on the Task Force on Addressing Racial Disparities in Home Ownership. I am proud to serve on these committees. As a realtor, planning commissioner, and volunteer on numerous local boards, I will bring my knowledge and experience to these committees. If you'd like to testify on a bill related to these committees, please visit this link on the Oregon State Legislature website. 

Here are several important bills that I have introduced and will have an impact for Central Oregonians: 

HB 2222: Improper forest-management techniques are threatening our forest, our homes, and our Central Oregon way of life. HB 2222 would require the State Forestry Department to annually report to the Legislative Assembly regarding the development, implementation, and administration of the Oregon Forestland-Urban Interface Fire Protection Act. This bill would make sure measures are taken to maximize the effectiveness of fire protection and by reducing ladder fuels which make forest fires larger and dangerous. 

HB 2336: This bill is introduced as an amended version of House Bill 4079 from the 2016 legislative session which established a site selection process of affordable housing units for one city under 25,000 and one city over 25,000. HB 2336 would remove this population requirement so cities like Redmond could participate in this affordable housing pilot program, which would help alleviate the housing crisis in Central Oregon. 

SB 554: One of my top priorities, as your State Representative, is addressing PERS. Alongside Senator Tim Knopp, we've introduced a bill that would calculate the final average salary of public employees for PERS benefits for five years instead of three years to address these rising costs. 


Lastly, I'd like to introduce you to my legislative team: 

Legislative Staff

Jihun Han is my Chief of Staff and Zanthel "Z" Zika will be my legislative assistant. We are here to serve you! 

Jihun Han will be serving as my Chief of Staff. If you have any meeting requests at the Capitol or questions regarding legislation, feel free to email him at Jihun.Han@oregonlegislature.gov. Zanthel "Z" Zika will serve as my legislative assistant. If you have any issues specifically in the district or would like to schedule meetings/events in Central Oregon, please contact her at Zanthel.Zika@oregonlegislature.gov. As always, you can call me directly at 503-986-1453 for any general questions. 

I appreciate the opportunity to serve Central Oregon! 

Yours truly,

Representative Jack Zika 

On the floor!
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Capitol Phone: 503-986-1453
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, H-387, Salem, OR 97301
Email: Rep.JackZika@oregonlegislature.gov
Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/zika