COVID-19 Updates 8/11/2020

Rep. Sollman

Friends and Neighbors,

Special Session


Capitol photo courtesy of Obie Rutledge

Yesterday, the Oregon legislature convened for the Second Special Session of 2020. Following similar safety protocols to the First Special Session, we continued to maintain physical distancing when on the floor and for those in committee, and remained in our offices during any downtime.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about tremendous strain on our state budget, we must
ensure that we are protecting the critical services that families need most: education,
health care, and the safety of our communities. As lawmakers, we are driven by a core set
of values—equity, compassion, fairness—that prioritize the needs of our vulnerable
neighbors. Adhering to these principles, the following bills were passed yesterday:

  • HCR 221: Modifies obligation to make conduct reports under rule.
  • HB 4302: Establishes and modifies fees and requirements relating to permits for mineral exploration, mining operations, exclusion certificates, gas and oil drilling and exploration and geothermal well drilling operation.
  • HB 4303: Directs State Treasurer to transfer moneys from Education Stability Fund to State School Fund.
  • HB 4304: Modifies requirements relating to certain fiscal reports
  • HB 5221: Modifies amounts of lottery funds allocated from Administrative Services Economic Development Fund to state agencies.
  • SB 1701: Provides that unemployed individual receiving unemployment insurance benefits who has earnings from less than full-time employment may earn greater of $300 or one-third of individual's weekly benefit amount before individual's weekly benefit amount is reduced.
  • SB 1703: Provides that during statutorily declared emergency Governor may authorize Director of Department of Revenue to disclose certain information set forth in tax report or return to any state agency if director determines that administration of any federal or state law or program, including, but not limited to, administration of unemployment insurance laws and programs by Employment Department, requires disclosure to enable agency to verify identity or income level of any person for purposes related to emergency or any consequences of emergency.
  • SB 5721: Modifies amounts and purposes authorized for issuance of general obligation bonds and revenue bonds for biennium. 
  • SB 5722: Modifies limits on payment of expenses from specified funds by certain state agencies for capital construction.
  • SB 5723: Appropriates moneys from General Fund to Emergency Board for allocations during biennium.
  • SCR 221: Adjourns sine die 2020 second special session of Eightieth Legislative Assembly
Rep Bynum

Continuing the important work of the Joint Committee on Transparent Policing and Use of Reform, HB 4301 passed yesterday, and provides that peace officer or corrections officer may not use force that impedes normal breathing or circulation of blood of another person by applying pressure on throat or neck except in specified circumstances.

This bill further aligns Oregon law in statute with prevailing case law and is supported by police groups across the state.

Died in Committee:

  • SB 1702: Temporarily authorizes payment of unemployment insurance benefits to individuals performing services in other than instructional, research or principal administrative capacity for educational institution or institution of higher education in circumstances in which payment is currently denied.

Links to watch yesterday's floor and committee sessions can be found here:

Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) Updates

BOLI Has Newly Updated Website

Did you know? Recently, due to the legislature's investment in updating the Bureau of Labor and Industries' website, they were able to launch a new, more user friendly site that is already getting help to more Oregonians. The new look is focused on helping workers understand their rights and employers know the laws at work in clear language.

Visit to explore the new site and see how BOLI can help you.


Community Outreach

Safe Sleep Village

Safe Sleep 1

Safe Sleep 2

Last week, Nickole and I had the opportunity to tour the Safe Sleep Village that recently opened at the Westside Commons (formerly Washington County Fairgrounds). The Safe Sleep is a wonderful opportunity to provide a safe place to live during the time of COVID-19 for those experiencing houslessness in our community. In partnership with Project Homeless Connect, the Safe Sleep Village provides tents, sleeping bags, safe storage of belongings, showers, restrooms and meals three times a day. The meals are cooked by a wonderful team at Sonrise Church, to those in residence. Temperature checks and health screenings are given every time someone enters the gate in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among the residents and staff. Additionally, staff are on site 24 hours a day and 7 days a week for assistance. Spots are available for those 18 and over that are referred by Project Homeless Connect. Visit the Washington County page here for more information.

Hillsboro Parks and Rec: Drive In to Pix in the Park


Hillsboro Parks and Rec is doing their annual Pix in the Park event a little differently this year as a Drive-In movie experience. There will be two family friendly movies shown on August 21st and August 28 at the Gordon Faber Complex parking lot. Register here to put your name for a chance to be one of 70 cars chosen at random to attend. The interest form closes August 17th at 5:00pm. For more information, visit Hillsboro Parks and Rec website here.

  • August 21st: Dora and the Lost City of Gold
  • August 28th: Missing Link

Hillsboro Hops Summer Camp


The Hillsboro Hops are excited to welcome children ages 6-11 this summer for a week long, first-class summer camp. Camp will run from 9am until 1pm daily, and campers will be placed in a stable group of 10 children max, with 1-2 camp counselors (age dependent). Activities for the week have been designed with campers’ health and safety in mind and will be themed to Arts/Crafts, STEM, Field Games, Sports or Music. Camp will be held at Ron Tonkin Field. Follow this link to register.

Scholarships may be available, please contact Hannah August at for more info.

Additional Resources

 House District 30 Links

Federal Delegation Links

Education Links

Utilities Assistance

Food and Housing Assistance

Zoom diagram

Yesterday, taking part in the Second Special Session that was conducted under COVID-19 safety measures, I am reminded how far we have evolved our workplaces and society in such a short amount of time. This diagram is a humorous look at what I know many of us are experiencing as we continue to take part in each of our virtual events.

Be good to yourself and each other. ❤

Onward & Upward,


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