May 3 - 7 Newsletter

Updates from Senator Tim Knopp.

Senator Tim Knopp

Senate Improves Shelter Options For Oregonians

HB 2006 passed the Oregon House April 5, 2021. The bill has an emergency clause and will be enacted when the Governor signs it into law. The bill removes bureaucratic obstacles for local governments who want to provide care and shelter to struggling community members. 

Accountability And Transparency For Oregon's Universities

I'm proud to join my colleagues on a bi-partisan bill that will help to curtail racial and sexist discriminations on college campuses. SJR 30 establishes a bipartisan committee to investigate and hear testimony about the culture, policies, practices, and procedures that Oregon’s universities use to prevent and respond to sexual and racial harassment and discrimination. This bill comes in part to a response to a lawsuit against OHSU, alleging that rampant sexual misconduct has been allowed for years and that leadership and management failed to report sexual assault allegations. Regardless of location, everyone has the right to feel safe, and this bill will help to create a safer environment in Oregon's universities. 

SB 698 And Countering The Opioid Epidemic

I was contacted by a constituent who expressed concern over the lack of alternatives for opioids use; thanks in part to his idea, the Senate passed SB 698 which requires the Oregon Health Authority to adopt rules requiring opioid treatment center, as condition for approval to operate in this state, to accept Medicare payments as reimbursement for cost of services provided by center. By removing this barrier, more seniors will have options to alternatives beyond just opioids. If you see an issue, and have an idea that might help to solve it, please reach out to my office at, we just might be able to solve an issue facing all of Oregon. 

Mental Health Awareness Month And Tardive Dyskinesia Awareness Week

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As a part of Mental Health Awareness Month's efforts to raise awareness and destigmatize mental health conditions, I want to highlight that this week (May 2-8) is Tardive Dyskinesia Awareness Week.

It is estimated that 731,000 adults in Oregon, or 22.45% of adults in the state, are living with a mental illness. Those living with a mental health condition may also be affected by a condition called tardive dyskinesia (TD), an involuntary movement disorder. TD can impact individuals socially, emotionally, and physically. 

I hope you'll join me in observing #TDAwarenessWeek. Visit to learn more about this condition, how you can help raise awareness, and support our community members living with TD.

Best Regards,


Senator Tim Knopp 
Senate District 27

email: I phone: 503-986-1727
address: 900 Court St NE, S-309, Salem, OR, 97301
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