Spring is nearing!

Jack Zika

Ladder Fuel Reduction Bill, Rent Control Webinar, and Affordable Housing

Hello Friends,

Here is hoping for warmer weather in Central Oregon as we make our way out of the snow storm of the last few weeks. Here in Salem, things are warming up as temperatures are heating up here and hearings for Cap-and-Trade draws closer.

This week at the Capitol, the Ladder Fuel Reduction Bill got a date for a work session. House Bill 2222 comes at the request of former State Representative Gene Whisnant and will be voted on in the House Committee of Natural Resources next week. Forest fires not only endangers the natural beauty of Central Oregon but brings the threat of wildfire to our doorstep. HB 2222 would put some teeth into the 1997 Oregon Forestland-Urban Interface Fire Protection Act, which took important steps in wildfire protection. This bill would require the State Forestry Department to report to the Legislature on the implementation and administration of the Oregon Forestland Forestland-Urban Interface Fire Protection Act. The 1997 Act incentivizes property owners to reduce excess vegetation, that causes fires around homes and other structures, and requires ODF to assist in accomplishing these goals to reduce fires around urban areas. 

The Affordable Housing Pilot Program for Redmond Bill is currently in the Senate Housing Committee. I will continue to give updates as we draw closer to a scheduled date for a public hearing. Thank you to all those who have submitted testimony so far.

Just a friendly reminder that the Oregon Association of REALTORS is hosting a live webinar on March 22nd to answer any questions regarding the new Rent Control Law that went into effect earlier last month. There seems to be much confusion and many questions surrounding the unprecedented new Landlord-Tenant Law. The Oregon Association of REALTORS hopes that the webinar will answer some of those questions and concerns that many Central Oregonians have. For more details click here: 


It was a busy week, but what makes my week extra special is having constituents stop by and say hello. I had the pleasure this week of meeting some great Central Oregon families and had the opportunity to talk to folks from Oregon Recovers, Habitat for Humanity, Central Oregon Veterans Outreach, Girl Scouts Leadership, the Oregon Youth Challenge Program, Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities, and the Oregon Coalition of Police & Sheriffs. Here in Salem, I always prioritize meeting with constituents. If you would like to schedule a meeting, please let my office know by contacting us at 503-986-1453. 

Yours truly,

Representative Jack Zika

Habitat for Humanity

It was great to meet with constituents from Habitat for Humanity! I've volunteered for Habitat for Humanity three times where we built homes. 

Oregon Council on Development Disabilities

Thanks to the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities for coming to visit me! 


The Oregon Coalition of Police and Sheriffs had their lobby day at the Capitol earlier this week. Thank you for making our communities safe! 

Oregon youth Challenge program

Thank you to cadets the Oregon Youth Challenge Program in Bend for the posting of colors during floor session.  

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