Riley Report: Summer, 2019 Edition

Senator Chuck Riley

Summer, 2019

SB 543 Update

As many of you know, my priority this session was to pass SB 543. It would have allowed voters in communities to petition and vote to form a new type of service district to fund programs for kids outside of school time. I have fought tirelessly for this bill because I believe that all children throughout our state should have equal access to services.

I have worked on bills similar for the past three sessions, and each time the bills have made it further in the process. Unfortunately, once again SB 543 did not pass. The bill left the House Committee on Health and Human Services with bipartisan support on an 8-0-1 vote. However, when the bill came to the House floor for its final vote, it did not pass.

While this defeat is not an easy one, I have once again learned a lot, and I will take the feedback that my fellow lawmakers have given me to make the next version of this bill better. In the meantime, I will continue to do all I can to increase access to children's services.

Your State Capitol

Senator Riley and his Tartan cousin in the office

I Am Not Invisible

On Friday June 14th and Monday June 17th the Capitol will display a photo exhibit of Women Veterans in Oregon called "I Am Not Invisible." This exhibit was curated in 2017 by the Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs. It was featured at the Department of Veteran Affairs in Washington, D.C. as well as replicated in many other states across our nation.

In addition to the exhibit in Salem, join us in celebration of Oregon's Women Veterans with the Portland Thorns! On Friday, July 5th at Providence Park in Portland. Proceeds from ticket sales will go toward the 2020 Oregon Women Veterans Conference.

Pictured to the left is Peggy Boquist and Senator Riley celebrating Tartan Day in the office.

Matthew Fisher and Lexie Weaver Posting Colors on the Senate Floor

Capitol Building Tours

There are always free tours going on here, but starting June 17th you can climb the tower to the top of the Capitol and see the Golden Man up close! Tours are open to the public and depart from the Rotunda daily at 10AM, 11AM, 1PM, and 2PM. For more information please visit our page or call Visitor Services at 503-986-1388.

Salem Philharmonia Orchestra

The annual free summer concert is coming up on July 27th in the Capitol Mall Park at 11AM! The Salem Philharmonia Orchestra is a valued partner of the Oregon State Capitol Foundation and offers a wonderful afternoon of symphonic literature for our community.

Pictured to the right are Senator Riley's Legislative Assistants, Matthew Fischer and Lexie Weaver posting the colors on the Senate Floor.

Library Events and Resources

Cornelius Library
Interested in learning another language? The Cornelius Public Library offers online language learning resources for free such as Duolingo, Kanopy and Mango Languages. Click here to access tools for over 70 languages!

Forest Grove Library
Wednesday mornings at 10:15AM come join other families in your community with children between the ages of three and five for Family Storytime. Your little ones will be entertained with puppet shows, acting and singing while you can meet and talk with other parents.

Hillsboro Library
Teens and adults are welcome to head over to the Brookwood Library on Tuesdays from 3PM - 5PM for Make and Take Tuesday! Each week there will be a different craft to create, and all the materials are supplied by the library.

North Plains Library
From 6PM - 8PM on the first Wednesday of each month, head over to the North Plains Public Library for the Craft Guild Meetup. This monthly event is for beginners and experts alike to enjoy a casual get-together of knitting and quilting.

Summer Events in District 15


  • Cornelius Urban Renewal Plan Public Hearing; July 15 at 7PM
    Share your thoughts and get information on this proposed renewal plan in the Walters Community Room at the Cornelius Library.
  • Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts; August 3 from 6PM - 8PM
    Harleman Park is hosting a free concert this summer! Come enjoy live music.  Also be on the lookout for upcoming free movie showings in the park on August 2, 9, 16, and 23.
  • National Night Out Against Crime; August 6 from 5:30PM - 8PM
    Enjoy this family-friendly annual event at Harleman Park and support the community in its endeavor to keep Cornelius a safe and thriving place to live.

Forest Grove

  • Granny Run; June 22 from 9AM - 12PM
    Registration begins 8AM at the Forest Grove School District Office - 1728 Main St. All proceeds go to the Forest Grove Seniors and Community.
  • Coffee with a Cop; June 22 from 10AM - 2PM 
    Get to know your local law enforcement and share your thoughts or concerns over a cup of joe at 2102 Pacific Avenue.
  • Independence Day Celebration; July 4 starting at 6PM
    Join your city firefighters on the Tom McCall School field - 1341 Pacific Avenue for live music and a firework show on the field.


  • Hillsboro's Tuesday Night Market; Tuesdays from 5PM - 8:30 PM
    This loved family-friendly event has returned for the summer! Support local vendors and enjoy a weekly affordable night out. 
  • SHARC Fest; June 30 from 9AM - 12PM
    This event has a Family TRY-Athlon and a Safety Expo. It is the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself or your loved ones to the fun of physical activity. There is also a barbecue afterwards for a completion reward! The safety expo includes safety tips, vendors, prizes, and other surprises.
  • Homeless Connect; July 19 beginning at 9AM
    Sonrise Church -  6701 NE Campus Way - is hosting an all day event for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Services provided may include dental care, vision care, healthcare screening, housing resources, employment resources, haircuts, foot washing, and a free meal.

North Plains

  • North Plains Strawberry Shortcake Feast; June 15 from 10AM - 5PM
    Come by the Jessie Mays Community Center and let your artistic self explore with arts and crafts. Also, don't forget to enjoy some delicious Strawberry Shortcake while supporting your local community.
  • Concerts in Parks; June 21, July 26, and August 23
    North Plains is putting on free summer concerts! Check the North Plains Newsletter for who is performing each night and the locations of each concert.
  • DIY Terrariums and Seed Swap; August 16 starting at 6PM
    Reservations are required, but all materials for the terrarium will be supplied. Learn about terrarium maintenance and which plants work best in terrariums at Jessie Mays Community Center.

Links to Your Local Newsletters


Forest Grove


North Plains

Meetings with Senator Riley

West Union Elementary School


We are so glad you had the chance to visit the Capitol, West Union Elementary School. Thanks for stopping by!


Thank you for meeting with us to share
your concerns
Self-Determination Resources Inc.

Self-Determination Resources Incorporated
Oregon Food Bank Visit with Senator Riley


The work you all do is so important, thank you for working with us Oregon Food Bank.


We appreciate hearing from the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association. Thanks for the visit!

Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association
Oregon Council for Behavioral Health


Thank you for everything you do for our community Oregon Council for Behavioral Health!


We are all so grateful for the dedicated members of Moms Demand Action. The world is a better and safer place. Thank you for all you do.

Moms Demand Action visit with Senator Riley
Forest Grove Community School visit with Senator Riley


Glad we caught you on your tour! Thanks to the Forest Grove Community School for making the trek out to the Capitol.


Thank you for the visit and sharing your thoughts and ideas with us Clackamas Women's Shelter.

Clackamas Women's Shelter visit
CAUSA visit with Senator Riley


CAUSA, its always great to see you all and hear how we can help. Thanks for stopping by!


Thank you for visiting the office AFSCME! We appreciate the company of extraordinary people.

AFSCME visit with Senator Riley
Direct Support Professionals with Senator Riley


Thanks for stopping by and sharing your concerns Direct Support Professionals.


Thank you for all your hard work, Habitat for Humanity! We appreciate discussing how we can help.

Senator Riley Habitat for Humanity
Govenor Kate Brown signing SB 870 with the support of Senator Riley and others.


Senator Riley supporting Governor Kate Brown in signing SB 870 to have Oregon be a part of the National Popular Vote movement.


Senator and Katie Riley showing their support to end gun violence. #WearOrange

Senator Riley and Katie Riley pose for a framed photo dressed in their Orange to support ending gun violence.
Senator Riley, Suzanne Bonamici, Courtney Neron, Susan McLain and Janeen Sollman join Moms Demand Action by wearing orange.


Senator Riley,
Congresswoman Bonamici, Rep. Neron, Rep. McLain, and Rep. Sollman support Moms Demand Action in a community effort to end gun violence.

Constituent Coffee

Senator Riley at a Constituent Coffee


Thank you to everyone who came to share their opinions at our recent Constituent Coffee held
at Insomnia Coffee Company in Hillsboro.


Constituent Coffees are always a great ways for Senator Riley to connect with his constituency. Keep your eye out for the next one!

Constituent Coffee conversations

I understand not everyone can come visit the Capitol in person. Of course, if you do have plans to stop by the Capitol for a visit during the week, be sure to contact my office in advance at 503-986-1715 or send me an email at to schedule a time to meet with me during session. My staff is happy to arrange for an in-district meeting if you are not able to travel. Your thoughts and opinions are always welcome and appreciated.

As always, I am here to serve you.  If there is something I can do to assist you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office.


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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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