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Busy Week of meetings and starting to set up bills for hearings. Many remote meetings with Community Members and other non-profit and public groups that want to share information on active bills for 2021. I still have a little snow in my yard.

2021 Session Committee Assignments 

Joint Committee On Ways and Means

Joint Committee On Transportation - Co-Chair

House Committee On Agriculture and Natural Resources

Joint Committee On the Interstate 5 Bridge - Co-Chair

Joint Committee On Ways and Means Subcommittee On Education - Co-Chair

2019-2020 Joint Emergency Board 

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Special Shoutout!

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Watch all Oregon State Legislature Live-Streams and Meetings HERE


Track all 2021 Session Bills HERE


Updates from Salem

Governor Kate Brown Announces Updates to County Risk Levels

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  • This past Wednesday Governor Kate Brown announced updates to county risk levels under the state's public health framework to reduce transmission and protect Oregonians from COVID-19. The framework uses four different risk levels for counties based on COVID-19 spread—Extreme Risk, High Risk, Moderate Risk, and Lower Risk—and assigns health and safety measures for each level.
  • Effective January 29 through February 11, there will be 25 counties in the Extreme Risk level, two at High Risk, two at Moderate Risk, and seven at Lower Risk. A complete list of counties and their associated risk levels is available here.
  • Governor Brown also announced modifications to the guidance for indoor activities in Extreme Risk counties, which will take effect January 29. These modifications allow for a maximum of six people indoors at facilities over 500 square feet (for all indoor activities except dining) with associated guidance for ongoing social distancing, cleaning protocols, and face coverings. For facilities smaller than 500 square feet, the modified guidance allows for 1:1 customer experiences, such as personal training. The updated guidance for indoor recreation will be posted to coronavirus.oregon.gov by January 29.
  • The Oregon Health Authority will examine and publish county data weekly. County risk levels will be reassigned every two weeks. The first week's data will provide a "warning week" to prepare counties for potential risk level changes. The next assignment of risk levels will be announced February 9 and take effect February 11. 
  • Updates to Warning Week data and county risk levels will be posted to coronavirus.oregon.gov
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Gov. Kate Brown’s office defends Oregon’s decision to end detailed COVID-19 death reports

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  • Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday endorsed the state’s abrupt decision to stop disclosing detailed summaries of every Oregonian with COVID-19 who dies during the pandemic.
  • The Oregon Health Authority announced the decision at 4 p.m. Wednesday, saying the number of new deaths would still be announced daily in summary, with aggregate information about ages, gender and county residence available online.
  • For more than 10 months, the health authority listed information for each Oregonian who died, including a person’s age, county, location of death, date of a positive coronavirus test, date of death and general presence of underlying health conditions.

Vaccine Updates

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Not even snow keeps these public health workers from vaccinating

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  • Josephine County Public Health (JCPH) staff found themselves with a dilemma this week: Waste vaccine or find people who needed it. And when they shared their story on Facebook, it went, well, viral.
  • Jason Roberts, Web and Public Information Officer for Josephine County, said, “We are extremely appreciative of the national and international attention our intrepid public health professionals have rightfully gotten for their efforts to not waste a drop of the COVID-19 vaccine during Tuesday’s snowstorm. What’s more, so many members of the public have expressed their support of this unexpected, unorthodox vaccination clinic. These are extraordinary times, and it’s great to see extraordinary people going above and beyond.”
  • Here's the story they shared on their Facebook page on Tuesday:
  • When Josephine County Public Health staff and volunteers concluded their mass vaccination event at the Illinois Valley High School (IVHS) this afternoon, they never guessed they might be setting up an impromptu clinic on the way back to Grants Pass. But that's exactly what happened when a snowstorm stranded about 20 personnel on Highway 199 near Hayes Hill.
  • At the end of the IVHS clinic, the team had six doses of COVID-19 vaccinations left to administer. Recipients had been identified in Grants Pass, but the snow meant those doses wouldn't make it to them before they expired. Not wanting to waste any doses, dedicated JCPH staff members began walking from car to car, offering stranded motorists a chance at receiving the vaccine (with an ambulance from AMR-Josephine County on hand for safety).
  • In the end, all six doses were administered, including one to a Josephine County Sheriff's Office employee who had arrived too late for the IVHS clinic but, ended up stopped with the others on her way back to Grants Pass.
  • JCPH Director Mike Weber said it was one of the coolest operations he'd been a part of.
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Teachers and school staff are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations

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  • As of Monday morning, a new phase of Oregon's COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan is underway.
  • With the state now entering Phase 1b on Jan. 25, teachers and school staff are now eligible to get vaccinated. Gov. Kate Brown said this is an effort to get kids back in the classroom sooner — though her office says teachers are not required to get the shot to come back to school.
  • In two weeks, people aged 80 and older will be eligible to get their shots. For those 65 and older, a date for eligibility is yet to be determined. It will be dependent on how many doses Oregon receives from the federal government.
  • According to the Oregon Health Authority, there are approximately 105,000 educators eligible for their shot. They also estimate there are nearly 800,000 people aged 65 and up who will need to be vaccinated as part of Phase 1b.
  • Oregon entered the new phase on the same day that state health officials reported 435 additional COVID-19 cases and two new deaths. That raised the state total to 138,587 cases and 1,882 deaths.
  • The OHA also reported that 63% of the 492,450 doses of vaccine that have been delivered to sites across the state have been administered.
  • And state health officials reported the number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 320, which is 10 more than Sunday. There are 75 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is five fewer than the day before.
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Getting your vaccine: What to know before you go

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  • The COVID-19 vaccine supply is limited, but more people are becoming eligible to get immunized. If you are eligible, planning ahead before going to a vaccine clinic will help you be better prepared. Getting vaccinated provides hope, but please be patient as well. Here’s what you should know before scheduling an appointment at a vaccination site or event:
  • Please do not call your healthcare provider or local hospital to find out where to get a vaccine. Find a vaccine event near you.
  • Confirm that the event or site is accepting people in your eligibility group.
  • Make an appointment if it’s required.
  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine will be free, and you do not need health insurance. If you have health insurance, please bring your insurance card. The vaccine provider may charge a vaccine administration fee to your insurance.
  • You should receive a vaccination card that tells you when to get your second dose. You should get your second dose from the site where you received your first.
  • For more information visit https://covidvaccine.oregon.gov/ or call 211.
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Staff who work with people with disabilities and some family members may get vaccinated now

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  • Vaccines that have been tested and proven effective at protecting people from COVID-19 are available in Oregon for some groups of people who are at high-risk from the virus.
  • Today, to help you understand your rights related to the COVID-19 vaccine, Disability Rights Oregon published Know Your Rights: People with Disabilities and the COVID-19 Vaccine.


I have a disability. Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

In Oregon, you are eligible to get the COVID vaccine under Phase 1A of Oregon’s Vaccine Plan if you are 16 years old or older and one of the following is true for you:

  • You live in a residential facility for people with disabilities, like a nursing home, group home, or foster care home.
  • You live at home and need any kind of in-home support related to your disability.
  • You are a family member or helper who provides services or supports for someone with a disability, even if you are not paid. 
  • You are a parent of a medically-fragile child.

Staff who work with people with disabilities can also get the vaccine, including:

  • Personal Support Workers (PSWs)
  • Direct Support Professionals (DSPs)
  • Other paid support staff
  • Family members who provide unpaid support

How do I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The Oregon Health Authority has not set up a phone number to easily get this information. Finding information about where to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine is difficult. To receive the vaccine we recommend:

  • If you receive in-home services: Contact your caseworker or personal agent for help.
  • If you live in a residential facility: Contact the manager of the facility for help.
  • If you live independently and do not have a caseworker or personal agent: Contact your local public health authority, dial 211 on your phone, or email the Oregon Health Authority at COVID19.vaccine@dhsoha.state.or.us.

Share your COVID vaccine story 

Getting vaccinated is your choice. Please help inform our advocacy by sharing your story if you or your family member is eligible to get a vaccine, but:

  • have not been able to find out where to get it or when
  • have been denied the vaccine
  • have been told you have to prove you are a person with a disability who is eligible to receive the vaccine or 
  • have been denied a reasonable accommodation that you've requested

Share your story using this webform: droregon.org/vaccine-story

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COVID-19 Updates

National Numbers: 

    • Confirmed Cases: 25,456,670
    • Deaths: 427,626
    • These national numbers come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can view their national and state by state data here.
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  • Oregon Status Report:  Oregon now has 140, 783 total cases (confirmed and presumptive) of COVID-19. 
    • Today we have 750 new confirmed and presumptive cases, and 6 new deaths. 
    • A total of 1,930 Oregonians have died from COVID-19.
    • (previous daily case updates from OHA here)
  • Washington County still has one of the highest case counts at 19,550 confirmed cases, including 184 deaths.  You can review on-going updates from OHA by clicking on the table below. 
  • The Oregon Health Authority recently provided a Public Health Indicators Dashboard to enable communities across Oregon to monitor COVID-19 in the state.The dashboard, which will be updated weekly on Thursdays, provides a transparent report that presents complex epidemiological data in an interactive, easy-to-understand way on a state and county level. 

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Oregon releases more data on underlying health conditions of people killed by COVID

  • The Oregon Health Authority released a new dashboard this week shedding more light on the pre-existing health conditions and progress of the illness of the nearly 2,000 Oregonians who have died from COVID-19 since the outbreak began last year.
  • According to the newly released data, 85% of Oregonians who have died from the disease had at least one underlying condition. Only 2% verifiably had no underlying conditions while the status of 12% of those who died is unknown.

Half of the people who died with the coronavirus in Oregon had cardiovascular disease, according to the data, making it the most common underlying condition. Here is the frequency of conditions among those who died, according to the health authority:

  • 50% cardiovascular disease
  • 34% neurological condition
  • 29% diabetes
  • 28% other chronic illness
  • 22% chronic lung disease
  • 20% kidney disease
  • 14% former smoker
  • 13% obesity
  • 8% immunocompromised condition
  • 4% liver disease
  • 3% current smoker

There is no breakdown of how these conditions are spread across age groups. Over half of people who have died in Oregon -- 1,005 out of 1,924 -- have been 80 years old or older.

  • The new table also includes more information on symptoms of people who died from the disease, though for most the data is murky, with a majority of people’s symptoms listed as “unknown.”
  • It also includes a graph showing how many people who died were in a “congregate living” situation, which includes long-term care facilities, prisons and shelters.
  • The new dashboard comes after OHA’s Wednesday announcement that it would no longer be releasing demographic information about each individual death.

New COVID cases in 29 Oregon counties; hospitalizations drop

  • As vaccinations continue, the Oregon Health Authority reported new confirmed/presumptive cases of the coronavirus in 29 counties, along with the deaths of 6 more people, all of whom were older than 60.

  • The 6 deaths raised the cumulative death toll in Oregon to 1930, officials said. Though OHA is not providing individualized lists of deaths in their daily reports any longer, they did say 4 of the deaths were from people older than 80, with one death each in someone between 60-69 and 70-79.

  • A total of 750 new cases were reported, with the overall total now at 140,783 cases. Again, the 4 counties of Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and Marion accounted for more than half the cases, with a cumulative total of 399.

  • Hospitalizations continue to drop, with 11 fewer patients in the Thursday report. Of the 291 patients in the hospital, 72 are in the ICU.

  • Residents continue to get vaccinations at spots across the state. So far, 606,725 total doses of vaccine have been delivered to sites, with 359,370 first- and second-doses administered.

  • Today, the Oregon Health Authority held a media briefing at 11 a.m. which was livestreamed on KOIN.com. It is also expected Gov. Kate Brown will hold a press conference at some point today as well.

Around the Region

Snow in Forest Grove this week!

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2021 January Snow Update: County buildings open on time, but please travel safely

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  • County buildings reopened at their usual time this past Wednesday, but employees not working remotely are urged to use caution when commuting. Some roadways at higher elevations throughout the region may be slick. 
  • Employees are encouraged to contact their supervisors if there are any questions about service curtailments affecting their work areas
  • Employees and the public are asked to monitor the Washington County website or social media feeds to learn more about potential changes to hours of operation. Updates about road closures and snow removal from the County road system can be found at https://wc-roads.com/.


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Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce makes most of tough times

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  • This past year was a very long year. But while inhibited in many ways, the Forest Grove/Cornelius Chamber of Commerce addressed what it was able to accomplish despite those difficulties in its "State of the Chamber" address, delivered via Zoom on Monday afternoon, Jan. 25.
  • Nearly 30 constituents and community members listened in on the virtual meeting, mostly conducted by the Chamber's new executive director, Juanita Lint.
  • The first-year Chamber leader successfully navigated one of the most challenging years in recent history. She took note of the organization's successes despite facing a stacked deck, with the coronavirus pandemic, government restrictions and last September's wildfires contributing to an economic downturn across the region.
  • "My response has been, there is no better time to help businesses than when they are most down," Lint said. "Anyone can lead a business organization when things are at their best."
  • The Chamber did so by way of seven grants totaling $115,000. The city governments and Washington County assisted the Chamber, helping to put that money directly into programming and support for community businesses.
  • In addition, the Chamber's Board of Directors was pleased to announce that the Chamber actually added members in 2020, despite the pandemic and while chambers of commerce were seeing a decline in membership elsewhere in the greater Portland area.
  • Also, the Forest Grove/Cornelius Chamber initiated a sponsorship program that proposed to thriving businesses that they sponsor another local business that's suffered at the hands of COVID-19.

Third Oregonian with new COVID-19 variant from Washington County

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  • A Washington County resident was identified as the third Oregonian to test positive for a more contagious variant of COVID-19 that was first detected in the United Kingdom in September.
  • The person had a known travel history outside the United States during their exposure period, the OHA said without specifying where the person had traveled.
  • Close contacts of the person have been identified and notified, the OHA said.
  • Scientists have identified thousands of COVID-19 variants, but several, including the B.1.1.7 variant now present in Oregon, have raised concerns about their potential to reduce vaccine efficacy, spread more quickly and cause more severe health impacts.
  • Vaccine manufacturers Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech have said their vaccines should be effective against the B.1.1.7 variant.

Wildfire Recovery Updates

Oregon Wildfire Recovery Committee holds first legislative meeting; here's what to expect

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  • The House Special Committee on Wildfire Recovery held its first legislative meeting on Monday, with committee members on both sides of the aisle optimistic about the relief head to Southern Oregon. The devastating wildfire season touched many aspects of life, and as such the committee will have a wide-ranging set of objectives in the rebuilding process, including debris cleanup, home repair, school district recovery, and small business aid.
  • While the initial meeting largely consisted of introductions and procedural establishments, the committee is interested in collecting information from wildfire-affected Oregonians. To that end, they will be holding public hearings on Feb. 15th and 17th for anyone who wishes to speak up about their experiences and current needs. The committee will then use that to inform policy and funding choices that come along in subsequent months.
  • The Wildfire Recovery Economic Council, established in late September by Gov. Brown, served a similar purpose but had no legislative power. They've made 23 recommendations to the committee that will now be up for evaluation and may potentially receive funding.
    • Those recommendations include $25 million already committed to the Housing Authority of Jackson County for use in building affordable and mixed-income housing. Other recommendations include $30 million for Project Turnkey, an initiative to convert hotels and motels into transitional housing also moving forward in Jackson County. The committee will meet once a week and is preparing to stick around for the long haul
  • The committee will aid in wildfire recovery efforts throughout the state, not just in Southern Oregon. Another recommendation that was made is that the state clean up all Oregon homes damaged this past wildfire season, regardless of FEMA eligibility. A full accounting of all recommendations made to the committee during its first legislative meeting can be seen here.
  • If you are interested in testifying for the committee about your wildfire experiences and needs, you can do so by registering at the Oregon Legislative Information System website or by calling toll-free at 1-833-588-4800. Further information can be found on this document provided by the committee.

Wildfire Recovery Resources

OEM has put together this list of contacts to help speed up the process of replacing these documents:

  • Green cards: Phone (800)-375-5283; Website: www.uscis.gov
  • Medicare cards: Phone: (800)-772-1213; (TTY) (800)-325-0778 Website: www.medicare.gov
  • Military records Phone: 866-272-6272 Website: www.archives.gov/contact/
  • Passport Phone: 877-487-2778; (TTY) 888-874-7793 Website: travel.state.gov
  • Social Security card Phone: 800-772-1213; (TTY) 800-325-0778 Website: www.ssa.gov
  • U.S. Savings Bonds Phone: 844-284-2676 Website: www.treasurydirect.gov
  • U.S. tax returns Phone: 800-829-1040 Website: www.irs.gov
  • Birth, death, marriage, domestic partnership, divorce certificates Phone: 888-896-4988 Website: www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/Birthdeathcertificates
  • Driver’s license, auto titles and registration, ID cards Phone: 503-945-5000 Website: www.oregon.gov/odot
  • SNAP (Oregon Trail Card) Website: www.oregon.gov/DHS/Assistance/Food-Benefits
  • State taxes (Oregon Dept. of Revenue) Phone: 503-378-4988 or 800-356-4222 TTY: All relay calls are accepted. Website: www.oregon.gov/dor
  • Real estate and property - Contact your county government.
  • Credit cards - Contact your credit card company directly.
  • Credit reports from Equifax, Experian, TransUnion Phone: 877-322-8228 Website: www.annualcreditreport.com
  • Insurance documents - Check with your insurance agent.
  • Medical records - Call your doctor or your medical insurance company; medical and prescription records are tracked electronically.

The Governor’s office has put together a Wildfire Resources page that you can access from the Governor’s home page.  It has links to many of the most important updates about the status of fires and resources for evacuees.  This website will be updated regularly.  

Legal Resources: Oregon State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Program, Oregon lawyers, through the Oregon State Bar, are partnering with FEMA and the American Red Cross to provide legal assistance on FEMA claims, contract claims, insurance claims, landlord-tenant matters and more.

The Department of Forestry’s Wildfire Response and Recovery Overview has ongoing updates about firefighting efforts, damage reports, and more.  

FEMA Updates: FEMA has provided several different Fact Sheets and resources for accessing benefits, determining eligibility and avoiding scams.

Updates from Employment Department

Visit Oregon Employment Department Website for more information and details.

Continued Assistance Act Updates

  • Since the Continued Assistance Act went into effect three weeks ago, we have been implementing program changes and extensions as fast as possible. We began paying benefits that week to some Oregonians who had several weeks of benefits remaining on their PUA and PEUC claims.
  • We had hoped to begin issuing the rest of the PEUC benefits by January 29th—and we are ahead of schedule! We began paying PEUC benefits earlier this week and most Oregonians waiting for their PEUC benefits should now have those benefits in-hand.
  • Anyone expecting to receive PEUC benefits who does NOT see a balance on their claim should reach out to us by sending a message through our Contact Us form. If they contact you directly, you can direct them to the form, or you can include these folks in your Weekly Wednesday Spreadsheet.

Those who file under PEUC should see their weekly benefits resume.

We hope to begin issuing the rest of PUA payments by February 5th. As with PEUC, it is possible we will be ahead of schedule.

  • All benefits will be paid retroactively, so remind your constituents to continue to file weekly claims.
  • PUA claimants will also receive the additional $300 weekly FPUC benefit

CAA Nuts and Bolts

  • We are updating the eligibility questions on the PUA application and weekly certification, as required by the CAA. These changes should be in place next week.
  • Among those updates, PUA applicants will now have to answer 15 questions instead of 14 on their weekly claim. The new question pertains to self-employed individuals who may have seen a reduction in their business. We also reworded questions 11 and 12 to meet DOL requirements.
  • We emailed PUA recipients this week, letting them know they must provide documentation of employment or self-employment. Existing PUA claimants have 90 days to provide this federally required information, and people applying for PUA on or after January 31, 2021 will have 21 days to provide this information—another new federal requirement.
  • We are quickly making a lot of updates to all of our systems, and those systems are increasingly complex as more programs are created and changed. This volume of rapid change inevitably leads to unintended consequences. For example, we recently learned that federal and state withholding elections were swapped for a small number of people on PUA. We notified the individuals impacted and have already fixed this issue: nobody missed any benefits to which they were entitled.
  • As our system continues to evolve, we are quickly identifying unintended issues and addressing them. If you hear of issues, please let us know.

End of Extended Benefits

  • “Extended benefits” (EB) is a safety net program—literally an “extension of benefits”—for PEUC recipients once their regular UI claim and PEUC claim have been exhausted. EB typically provides up to 13 weeks of additional benefits. The availability of the program is determined by the federal government, and is dependent upon a formula that considers statewide average unemployment rates. If the unemployment rate is high enough, EB is replaced with High Extended Benefits (HEB), which increases the additional benefits to up to 20 weeks.
  • Oregon has been on EB since December 13th, 2020, which has allowed eligible claimants to receive up to 13 weeks of Extended Benefits. However, we anticipate that the Department of Labor (DOL) will “turn off” the benefits extension, and most claimants will move back to PEUC for the 11 weeks made available by the CAA.
  • This won’t happen immediately. Just as there was a three-week grace period when we went from HEB to EB in December, there is also a three-week grace period for “turning off” EB. Once we receive notification from DOL, we will be able to prepare claimants and share the last week of their EB eligibility. To reiterate: claimants will continue to receive “extended benefits” for up to three weeks after we receive the official notification from DOL.
  • Claimants will not have to restart their PEUC claim when EB ends, but PEUC payments may be delayed. Given the nature of the changes to our system, OED claims specialists may need to manually process the changes to each PEUC claimant account. Regardless of how the change plays out, we will share helpful instructions for EB claimants on our website, on social media and will be contacting EB claimants via email and postal mail.
  • Finally, as we mentioned earlier this month, Governor Brown authorized the suspension of the 13-week delay period to turn Extended Benefits back on, after a period in which an improving unemployment rate turns EB off. Suspending this requirement helps Oregonians get the most possible benefits to support them during these difficult times.

Tax Relief for Oregon Businesses

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted businesses across Oregon. In 2020, we offered some payroll tax relief, allowing businesses to defer Unemployment Insurance (UI) tax payments through 30 days after the end of the Governor’s emergency declaration.
  • That declaration has since been extended several times. But we realize Oregon businesses need more support.
  • We are offering additional relief in 2021. No penalties or interest will be assessed for taxes covering calendar year 2021 for employers whose tax rate increased by more than a half percent from 2020 to 2021, who were not behind in making payroll tax payments before the emergency declaration in March 2020, and who will meet other requirements for filing quarterly payroll reports and paying a portion of their quarterly taxes on time. You can find more information in the attached document, “Unemployment Insurance Payroll Taxes,” and on our website:  unemployment.oregon.gov/payrolltaxes.

We hope this option will help the employers in our communities who have been hit the hardest the past year.


Unemployment Benefits and 2020 Taxes

  • We’re mailing Form 1099-G to everyone who received unemployment benefits in 2020. These forms will be sent to the address on file on January 12th and should be in the mail by Sunday, January 31st.
  • If anybody who received benefits in 2020 had a change of address but did not update their address in the Online Claim System, they can access their 1099-G Form through the Online Claim System. And if someone receives this form in the mail but did not apply for benefits in 2020, they can report the potential fraud by calling 1-877-668-3204 or submitting a message through our fraud reporting form.

Potential Fraud

  • We are working hard every day to prevent and stop fraud. Following up on potential fraud reports submitted by Oregonians is one of many tools we use in this fight.
  • We would love to share more about our efforts to prevent fraudulent activity within our unemployment system, but we have learned from our peers in other states that any information we share publicly on fraud prevention, even in the name of government transparency, puts public Trust Fund dollars at risk.
  • Sharing such information would inform anyone attempting fraud whether or not we are aware of their activities. Even sharing estimated amounts of fraudulent benefits paid, or recovered, informs fraudsters about whether or not their schemes are working—and where to put their energy.
  • We are accountable to protect public dollars. While we truly value transparency, we will not share information that puts the Trust Fund money at risk—that is money that employers have entrusted to us, in order to provide to Oregonians in need.

Additional Resources

Employers and Employees

  • Oregon Secretary of State’s business resources can be found at www.oregon.gov/smallbusiness or you can email questions to business.sos@oregon.gov

Education Links

Hillsboro School District (en inglés y español) 

Forest Grove School District (en inglés y español) 

Oregon Department of Education

COVID-19 Resources for Oregon Higher Education Partners

Local Government

City of Hillsboro (en inglés, español y más idiomas) 

City of Cornelius (en inglés, español y más idiomas)

City of Forest Grove (Personal que habla español disponible en este número: (503) 992-3221)

Washington County

Utilities Assistance

Portland General Electric (en inglés y español) 

NW Natural

City of Hillsboro Utility Billing 




City of Forest Grove

Food and Housing Assistance

Community Action.org

Oregon Food Bank

Meals on Wheels



Oregon Health Authority


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Yours truly,

Representative Susan McLain

Representative Susan McLain
House District 29

email: Rep.SusanMcLain@oregonlegislature.gov I phone: 503-986-1429
address: 900 Court St NE, H-376, Salem, OR 97301
website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/mclain