House District 30 News - February 2020

Rep. Sollman

Friends and Neighbors,

The 2020 legislative Short Session is here! I am excited to be back in Salem and working to make positive change for my constituents and all Oregonians. My office will continue to be a welcome and accessible place of government. Here are some ways that you can stay engaged with the process. 

  • OLIS (Oregon Legislative Information System): OLIS is a wealth of information for all things going on in the Capitol. Follow along with specific bills, submit testimony or watch Committees and Floor sessions, either live or played back. 
  • Visit my legislative website.
  • Attend one of my upcoming Community Conversations. My next one will be on Saturday, February 15th at the Hillsboro Brookwood Library at 10:15 am. See below for further details.
  • Come visit my office in the Capitol. Our office number is H-487. Call or email ahead to secure a meeting time or drop by anytime to say hello!
  • Send an email or give us a call at 503-986-1430. My staff and I are always eager to hear from you.


Meet the Team


Legislative Assistant Nickole Vargas- Hello, I am happy to be entering my second session as a Legislative Assistant to Representative Sollman. I am excited to continue to help on projects I am passionate about like common sense gun legislation and assuring fairness and justice for all residents of Oregon. I look forward to seeing many of you for a visit in Salem or back in district in Hillsboro!


Legislative Assistant Shannon Walton-Clark- Shannon and her wife Shelby have lived in the Hillsboro/Beaverton area since June 2018. As a newcomer to Oregon and Salem in particular, she is excited to learn more about the legislative process and constituent engagement. She is most interested in topics surrounding education and equity. Shannon graduated from Johns Hopkins with a degree in Government in May 2018. She is a founding member of the Westside Queer Resource Center and now serves as the Board Chair for this organization. When she’s not working Shannon loves reading historical nonfiction, cooking, playing with her cat and visiting the Oregon Zoo with her wife.


PCC Intern Robert O'Brien- ¡Hola! I'm Robert, a current Portland Community College student serving as an intern for Representative Sollman's office during the 2019 legislative session. Besides being a student, I am a single father of two young children, a Nicaraguan-American and bilingual. As such, education and immigrant/minority population needs are especially important to me. I am excited to work for Representative Sollman and learn about more about the legislative process as she connects with the communities she serves and does her part to represent their opinions at our state capitol.


PCC Intern Jenna Devenberg- I'm Jenna Devenberg and I am interning for Representative Sollman through the Portland Community College Legislative Internship Program. I live in House District 30 with my wife, Angela, and daughter, Thalia. I cannot wait to work with Representative Sollman this term, the passion she brings to her projects is inspiring.  


High School Intern Lily Donis- Lily is a Sophomore at Liberty High School. Lily is a dedicated student who is part of the leadership team, a member of the AEMBOT robotics team, a thrower on the track and field team, an ally in the gay-straight alliance club and a new member of the HOSA club (Future Health Professionals). Outside of school Lily participates in the sport of curling, yoga, community gardening and tending to native bees. In her free time, Lily is an avid reader who loves Greek Mythology, nature, traveling, and camping. Past achievements include earning her First Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and the recipient of the Hillsboro Optimist Student Appreciation Award (2018).


High School Intern Ryan Smith- I’m 17 years old, and I’ve lived in Hillsboro, Oregon, my whole life. I’m a senior at Glencoe High School, and I’ll be attending Yale University this fall. As an intern in Representative Sollman’s office, I’ve had the opportunity to visit Oregon’s capital, speak with lawmakers from across the state, and do research on policies that could actually end up on the House floor. Interning has given me a chance not only to see my state government in action, but also to play a part in the process myself—and I’ve loved every minute of it.


High School Intern Olivia Vargas- My name is Olivia Vargas, and I'm a junior at Century High School. At my school, I am a member of National Honor Society, a co-president of Latino Student Union, and a co-captain of the varsity girls tennis team. I am also involved in Hillsboro Youth Advisory Council. Some of my interests are traveling, politics, and baking. As an intern, I would like to gain experience in politics/government, spend more time at the capital seeing how everything works, and learn more about leadership at the state level. I am thrilled to get to work with Representative Sollman and her team, as I deeply admire her relentless pursuit of the issues she cares about, and her love and dedication to her community.

Bill Highlights

HB 4005 One of the priority bills I am focused on for the Short Session is the Safe Storage bill. I recently gave testimony at the Informational Hearing in the Joint Judiciary Committee over January legislative days. Watch my testimony or see the entire hearing on HB 4005 here.

Here is an additional list of bills that I will be working on or supporting this session as a Sponsor.

  • HB 4076 Establishes task force on age discrimination and directs task force to identify and evaluate impacts of age discrimination in workplace and report to interim committees relating to business and labor.  
  • HB 4143 Relating to apprenticeship programs and prohibits spending moneys of State of Oregon or of public body on or for benefit of industry-recognized apprenticeship programs.
  • HB 4079 Rural Telecommunications Investment Act-This will help modernize the Oregon Universal Service Fund states while also dedicating long-term, reliable funding for broadband investment in rural Oregon communities that are too often ignored.
  • HB 4077 This bill is relating to wells that supply ground water for domestic purposes and requires seller of real property to test well water used for domestic purposes.
  • HB 4085 This bill will utilize Measure 96 funds to hire 3 full time employees in the Office of Public Guardians specifically tasked with helping veterans.
  • HB 4098 This will help frame a statewide, long-term strategic plan to provide computer science education opportunities to every public school student in the state by the 2025-2026 school year. 
  • HB 4140 This will provide schools, educators, parents and students with a tool to help develop appropriate academic accommodations for students who are recovering from a brain injury/concussion. 
  • HB 4132 Funds the Oregon Student Health Survey and builds capacity at the Oregon Health Authority to provide technical assistance needed to assist schools and communities make data informed decisions about the health of their students.
  • HB 4116 This will prohibit insurance companies from requiring prior authorization before using their insurance benefits to obtain anti-retroviral drugs, like PrEP or PEP and ensures timely access by requiring insurance to cover PrEP and PEP by a pharmacist at an out-of-network pharmacy.
  • HB 4160 Establishes a Task Force focused on policy proposals that increase the likelihood of student success in post-secondary and higher education for students from populations that are underrepresented.
  • HB 4113 This will provide the Bureau of Labor and Industry with the authority to consider the character and fitness of an applicant, including the performance of criminal background checks, for a child labor certificate.

Follow along with the progress of any of the bills above by clicking the link and signing up on the bill page, where it says "e-subscribe" in the top right corner, for updates. 

Student Success Act Updates

In 2019, I was proud to support the Student Success Act, a long overdue investment in our kids, schools, and communities. Now, we have estimates for how much each school district is going to receive starting next school year. In the Hillsboro School District, we will receive an estimated $16.9 million. Banks School District will receive $874,492 and Beaverton School District will get $32.8 million. These funds must be used for a combination of mental and behavioral health supports, smaller class sizes, expanded learning time and well-rounded educational experiences.

This stable funding is such an important investment in our community. The Student Success act will help us close the opportunity gap and allow more young Oregonians to thrive and succeed on their educational journey. I am so proud to have voted for this historic investment, and I cannot wait to see the positive impacts it has on our community.






Out and About - Working Hard for House District 30

  • Press Conference for Plastic Bag Ban kick-off
  • Tour of Washington County Community Corrections
  • Stages Production of Chicago the Musical
  • Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce Legislative Reception
  • PlanetCon Climate Conversation Panel
  • Climate Conversation Town Hall with Representative Karin Power in North Plains
  • Legislative days in Salem
  • HB 2509 Ceremonial Bill Signing with the Governor and Hillsboro YAC students
  • Westside Economic Alliance Legislative Panel
  • Prison Education Workgroup Meeting
  • Textbook Affordability Workgroup Meeting
  • Intel Oregon FIRST Lego League State Championship
  • Willamette West Habitat for Humanity Trivia Night Fundraiser
  • Hillsboro School District Student Success Act Meeting
  • Volunteered at Project Homeless Connect-twice!
  • Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette Annual Luncheon
  • Reading of "Gracie Goes to Washington" to Quatama Elementary 4th graders
  • Judge at the Classroom Law Project-State "We the People" Tournament
  • PCC-OMIC Training Center Groundbreaking in Scappoose
  • OSBA 2020 Washington County Legislative Summit
  • Hillsboro State of the City

Upcoming Events

  • Join me for my 61st Community Conversation event on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at the Hillsboro Brookwood Library. 
  • Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce 125th Anniversary Launch and Annual Meeting. Tuesday, February 18, 2020. 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM.
    Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce, 5193 NE Elam Young Pkwy, Ste A, Hillsboro, OR 97124. Register to attend here.

House District 30 Links

As a way to keep everyone connected to the cities I represent, here are links to their most recent newsletters.

Thank you for continuing to follow along on this journey with me. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me or my office with any questions or concerns. 

Onward and Upward,


Capitol Phone: 503-986-1430
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-487, Salem, Oregon 97301