Visit from the Central Oregon Realtors Assoc., Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Gun Control Hearings

Updates from Senator Tim Knopp.

Senator Tim Knopp

Week 11: March 1st - 5, 2019

With the first committee deadline approaching, things are moving fast here in the Capitol. Here's a recap of week 11 of the legislative session:

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Child Abuse Prevention Month

To honor Child Abuse Prevention Month, the trees out front of the Capitol have been decorated with blue ribbons to show support for victims of child abuse and our dedication to prevention efforts.

As a member of the Senate Committee on Human Services, I have had the opportunity to learn a lot about this issue and the long-term damaging effects that it can cause. We will continue our work to strengthen prevention efforts and provide the services needed to victims so that they may recover from the trauma they’ve endured.  

Hosting Honorary Page Van Jackson

Van Jackson - Honorary Page

Van Jackson is a student from Bend who made the trip over to the Capitol to be an Honorary Page during a Senate Floor Session.

I enjoyed getting to meet with Van and his mother and show them around the Senate Floor. He's a sharp kid with a bright future ahead of him and I'm glad I had the chance to meet him!

Swearing In of Secretary Clarno

Secretary Clarno Swearing In

On Wednesday, former Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives, Bev Clarno, was sworn in as Oregon's 27th Secretary of State.

Secretary Clarno has a long record of public service that makes her undoubtedly qualified and prepared for the position. She has a record of working across the aisle and I have no doubt she will continue to do so as Secretary of State. I look forward to seeing how she will use her knowledge and leadership skills in the Secretary of State's office.

Gun Control Hearings

SB 978 Hearing

Last week, SB 978 was heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee. This bill would impose "safe storage" requirements on firearm owners and require the Department of State Police to conduct a study on attempted illegal firearm transfers.

While I respect my colleagues who have put forth this bill to try to increase public safety, I will be voting no on SB 978. After looking into other states who have imposed similar safe storage laws, I am not convinced that they are effective in preventing gun violence. Massachusetts, for example, passed safe storage legislation and since then has not seen a reduction in the types of gun violence they were hoping to prevent, specifically deaths by suicide. Therefore, I will not impose new restrictions on law abiding citizens’ right to bear arms, especially when the given policy has not been proven to produce their intended result. You can watch the hearing by clicking the image to the right.

Urging Transparency for Federal Elections


I recently introduced SJM 11, which if passed would urge Congress to require candidates for federal offices to release their tax returns in order to appear on the ballot. 

Many voters have lost trust in their elected officials and the election process itself. In order to regain that trust, I believe we must create a more transparent system. You can read my full statement on SJM 11 by clicking the image to the right.

Oregon Business Trades Council

Oregon Business Trades Council

Members from the Oregon Building Trades Council came by last week to share the concerns of their job fields with me. Among those was technical education, a topic that I am passionate about. Not every student has interest in four-year college programs after high school, and trade jobs provide excellent career opportunities for those students.

Building trades jobs are often high paying and are in high demand here in Oregon. We need to make sure that we have a skilled workforce ready to fill those jobs, which means providing access to technical education programs. As a member of the Joint committee on Student Success, I will continue to work towards that goal that the OBTC and I share.

Visit from Home Care Providers Association


It was my pleasure to receive a visit from the Oregon Association of Care Home Providers last week. I appreciate their work to ensure there is an abundance of high quality care home facilities available in our communities.

The time comes for many of us when we require the services that care home facilities provide. We must ensure that these services are high quality and are available to all who need them. Thank you to OACHP for your work for the seniors in our communities and for taking the time to meet with me.

Visit from Central Oregon Realtors

Central Oregon Association of Realtors

The Central Oregon Association of Realtors never fails to turn out in great numbers for their annual advocacy day! They were once again the biggest group of constituents that I've met with this session with over 30 members in attendance.

We discussed housing issues and how current legislation would affect their industry. It was a great conversation and I appreciate each of them for making the trip to Salem to participate in the legislative process!

Best Regards,


Senator Tim Knopp 
Senate District 27

email: I phone: 503-986-1727
address: 900 Court St NE, S-309, Salem, OR, 97301
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