Legislative Update for District 15: February 26, 2021

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Redistricting to April


Redistricting is the once-a-decade process of redrawing United States House of Representatives (Congressional) and Oregon State Senate and State House of Representatives (Legislative) district boundaries to account for changes in population.

In the coming weeks the Redistricting Committees will hold hearings for the different districts. To learn more, and to sign up to testify or submit testimony, please click here.


NO NEW TAXES: Don't Tax My Drink

Dont Ta My Drink


HB 3296 has been introduced and it's a massive excise tax increase, the largest ever proposed in the country. The bill would increase taxes on beer and cider by nearly 3000% and increase taxes on wine by nearly 2000% and eliminate hundreds (possibly thousands) of local jobs.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Oregon was home to 400 breweries, 900 wineries, 1,200 vineyards, 100 cideries, 65 distilleries and 73 distributors creating more than $12.5 billion in economic activity, tens of thousands of good-paying jobs and more than $3 billion in wages. 

It's simple math, HB3296 would increase the beer and cider tax from $2.60 a barrel to $72.60 per barrel. And wine taxes would increase from 64 cents to $10.65 per gallon.

The Oregon Beverage Alliance coalition of brewers, winegrowers, distilleries, distributors, restaurants, hop growers, cideries, etc issued this press release in opposition to the bill.

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This week, I extended courtesies to Mid-Willamette Family YMCA.

Under the direction of Executive Director Chris Reese and the board, they have created a new Early Learning Child Development Center for 89 children and received the preschool promise grant that provides 40 children free admission all year.

Our local YMCA delivered pharmaceutical supplies and groceries to over 500 seniors in the community multiple times over throughout the Covid-19 timeframe.

The YMCA in Albany has provided emergency childcare for over 150 children throughout the duration of Covid-19 timeframe and have received several positive comments on how children are thriving due to their setup and help from their providers on site.

They also have called all their members at least twice for wellness check ins as well as provided online physical fitness classes the entire duration of Covid-19.

Lastly, they initiated a mentorship program, two Sundays a month, that help economically disadvantaged families by bringing in resources, food, mentors, and partnering agencies to provide hope for a positive future. Hundreds of people have come over last year and continue to come to the Y for this event and this life changing event is making a huge difference on families in desperate need.

Every day, and especially during Covid, I personally thank and want to extend courtesies to the YMCA and all other organizations reaching out to our communities in times of need.

Watch my Courtesy from the Floor here



Payroll Protection


The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness.

In order to reach the smallest businesses, SBA will offer PPP loans to businesses with fewer than 20 employees and sole proprietors only from Wednesday, February 24 through Wednesday, March 10, 2021. President Biden has also announced additional program changes to make access to PPP loans more equitable.

1. Find a lender:

2. Identify a loan:

  • First Draw PPP Loans: If you have not received a PPP loan before, First Draw PPP Loans are available to you.
  • Second Draw PPP Loans: If you have previously received a PPP loan, certain businesses are eligible for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

SBA also offers additional Coronavirus relief.


VACCINE UPDATE: Vaccine Roll-out and Administered Data

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This update is from the Governor's Press Conference today February 26, 2021.



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My office is here for you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office if you have any community event announcements, legislative questions, or concerns.

Stay tuned and stay involved!

Talk soon,


Capitol Phone: 503-986-1415
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, H-389, Salem, OR 97301
Email: Rep.ShellyBoshartDavis@oregonlegislature.gov
Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/boshartdavis