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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The 2022 Short Session has finally begun and I have enjoyed gathering with colleagues again, both in person on the Floor for Opening Day, and virtually through committee hearings.  Tuesday, we elected Rep. Dan Rayfield as the new Speaker of the House, approved our Session rules, and had an opportunity to express remonstrances and highlight the issues that will be most important to us this Session.  We welcomed two new members to the House Democratic Caucus this week, Travis Nelson and Nathan Sosa, and I look forward to getting to know them.   I am working hard to pass my personal bill, HB4109, which you can read more about in the "Bill Spotlight" section below.  I will also be focused on bills about the Elliott State Forest, the Forest Accords, and Farmworker Overtime.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to my office to express your support or opposition to the bills we are considering - it is important that I hear from you:   

Pictures from Session Opening



“We must rid ourselves of discrimination”


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In 2022, more than ever, it is important to recognize contributions that African American communities have made to our shared history and society, despite discrimination and violence. Shirley Chisholm expanded what was possible for women in leadership as the first Black woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination, despite being underfunded and underestimated.  Ruby Bridges, at just 6 years old, showed bravery beyond her years by walking up the steps of William Frantz Elementary School, despite mountains of verbal abuse. Rosa Parks held her head high in resistance while police shackled her for simply sitting on a bus. These stories must acknowledge the cruelty and discrimination that is a part of our history.

You can learn more about Black History Month through this website:





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Happy Lunar New Year! This year we are welcoming in the Year of the Tiger. Lunar New Year is the beginning of a calendar year whose months are Moon cycles, based on the lunar calendar. The Chinese zodiac sign of the Tiger is a symbol of strength, exorcising evils, and braveness. What a way to start the 2022 Short Session!






Join me, Senator Sollman, and other community partners for a Virtual Latine Town Hall, presented in Spanish, on Friday, February 4th, at 6:00pm

The Town Hall will be held virtually via Zoom. You can register at this link:


town hall with Senator Sollman and Rep. McLain February 4th


En español:

town hall with Senator Sollman and Rep. McLain February 4th





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Over the next 5 weeks, I will be highlighting important Legislation that I will have the opportunity to consider during the 2022 Short Session.  I'll do my best to keep you up-to-date on where the bills are at in the process (committee hearings, committee votes, House/Senate floor), will always hyperlink to the bill so that you may read it yourself, and will include video clips from Committee Hearings or Floor Sessions when available. 

House Bill 4109 - Updating the Newborn Screening Advisory Board 

My personal bill this Session is HB4109, which makes adjustments to the Northwest Regional Newborn Bloodspot Screening Program Advisory Board’s membership, meeting, and reporting requirements and sets new sideboards outlining when the Advisory Board must consider the addition of new diseases to the screening program.  It is a bill that will improve the functionality of the Advisory Board and ensure that newborn testing in Oregon keeps up with scientific advancements.

Please take a minute to watch this video, which was made by an Oregon family as a testimonial to the impact that delaying or denying newborn screening opportunities has on families, and in particular the children with rare diseases.  I have worked with the Monaco family for years to improve newborn testing in Oregon and they are so dedicated to the cause.  Their son, Emmett, who is featured in the video, just recently passed away from Krabbe Disease and my heart goes out to them.  They are continuing to push for newborn testing as part of Emmett's legacy and will be testifying at the bill's hearing on 2/4.  You can watch the testimony live Friday at 8am.




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With the spread of the Omicron variant, it is important to keep up with health and safety issues in our schools, so please take some time to read the letters regarding instruction from both the Forest Grove and Hillsboro School Districts below. 


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Superintendent Parker's Message -- January 28, 2022:

The district is in the early stages of planning for a possible school construction bond and wants to hear from you. In the past, the district has worked closely with the community to pass bond measures in 2010 and in 2000. These measures have allowed the district to build Joseph Gale, Fern Hill, Tom McCall East, the FGHS science wing, the FGHS baseball/softball complex, security updates and more. 

It is the district's desire to partner with the community in this process once again. In the coming weeks there will be several opportunities for families, students and community members to share how they experience district school buildings. We hope you can find the time to join us and share your experiences. 

A construction bond is a complex process. As such, the following is a summary of what has been done in the process up to this point. We feel that this information will help you understand the process and help you form questions you might want to ask during the upcoming meetings. 

First, this process is called the Long Range Facilities Plan. This plan studies the district’s ability to accommodate educational programs, tracks the capacity to handle projected enrollment and looks at the condition of district buildings. A committee of district staff, students and community members were tasked with looking at this information and establishing possible high priority projects.

From data on population growth, building age/condition, program priorities and much, much more, the committee formed several draft plans. These plans were presented to the community in 2017 and feedback was collected. In the spring of 2021 the committee revised the plans and again presented them to the community and the School Board. 

That brings us to today. Over the next few weeks, there will be opportunities for families, students and community members to attend various sessions where they feel most comfortable. Each of these sessions will cover the same general topics. The schedule of sessions, registration and Zoom meeting information is provided below. We look forward to you joining the conversation. 

Session Schedule

  • BIPOC Students & Families Mon, Jan 31st 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
  • ELL / Migrant Students & Families Tues, Feb 1st 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
  • LGBTQ+ Families Weds, Feb 2nd 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Latinx Students & Families Mon, Feb 7th 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Open Session for Students Tues, Feb 8th 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Open Session for all Families Tues, Feb 8th 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
  • SPED Students & Families Thurs, Feb 10th 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Please register for the session you plan to attend by filling out the registration form. To join a session please use this Zoom link and enter the code 498052. Each session will use the same Zoom link. 

We will have additional opportunities in the coming months to provide more feedback on this process. We’re excited to get started and partner with you to improve our district buildings and better serve our students and community. 


Dave Parker


En español.


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Hillsboro School District Update -- Black History Month:

February is Black History Month, and while we do study and celebrate the diversity and contributions of Black/African/African Americans during this time, these conversations and lessons are not limited to the month of February - they take place throughout the entire year. “African American history is American history, and when kids understand the fuller picture of history, it will also help them understand the fuller picture of today.” When our students’ diversity is appreciated and visible, they all thrive from learning about one another. 

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by Black/African/African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history. 

It’s never too early to begin celebrating and teaching your child about Black leaders. Start by watching videos and reading books. Encourage your child to be curious about the contributions and accomplishments of Black people. Together you can explore, discuss, and make connections. Celebrate Black history and cultural diversity all year long!

First Semester Report Cards
Second semester begins on Tuesday, Feb. 1. Students and families should be able to see first quarter grades in StudentVUE/ParentVUE by the end of the week, and will receive report cards in the mail by February 9th.


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Free Dental Care for Kids (5-18 yrs old):

Pacific University, with the support of Washington County Dental Society, is hosting an event on Saturday February 19. The goal is to provide preventative, palliative and restorative dental care for children. 

  • Saturday, Feb. 19 (8 am to 3 pm)
  • Pacific University Dental Hygiene Clinic, 2nd floor Creighton Hall (222 SE 8th Ave, Hillsboro)
  • The Health Professions Campus is located directly on the MAX light rail line at the Tuality Hospital/SE 8th Ave. stop.
  • To make an appointment please contact call 503-352-7373
  • A parent or guardian must remain on site while their child receives dental services.
  • No insurance or proof of identification required for this event


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Free Eye Exam and Glasses:

A full eye exam and glasses are covered for ALL children with CareOregon! No CareOregon or insurance? No problem! Pacific University, College of Optometry is currently offering FREE exams and glasses to children without coverage! So either way, your child can get the help they need! Schedule an appointment at one of our five clinic locations today! Get more information on their website.


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Crystal Apple Award Nomination Deadline Approaching:

It was one of my most cherished honors to receive the Crystal Apple Award, so please join me in celebrating our teachers for this year's nomination process! The deadline for nominating outstanding staff members for the Award is Monday, February 7th. Sponsored by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Crystal Apple Awards celebrate excellence in education and are awarded to Hillsboro School District staff in the categories of licensed, classified, and administrator. 


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Update about SAT testing:

On Tuesday, January 25th, the U.S College Board announced that the SAT, formally known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test, will be taken digitally starting in 2023 for international students and 2024 for U.S.-based students.

You can read more about this change in the article, authored by Mia Ryder-Marks, in the Hillsboro News Times, linked here.





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Oregon Housing and Community Services has started accepting new applications again for the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

This will be a limited reopening for three to five weeks, depending on the availability of funds. Households with the most need will have priority in accessing resources, not a first-come, first-served basis. 

New applications will be processed after applications received before December 1st. Tenants who apply on or after January 26th may receive safe harbor protections that prevent landlords from evicting tenants until their application is processed. However, those tenants should expect a delay prior to processing and payment.

More information is linked here.





By the Numbers

There are 24 new COVID-19-related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 6,124, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported 2/1/22.

OHA reported 5,179 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 as of 2/1/22, bringing the state total to 638,823.


Hospitalizations: The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 across Oregon is 1,113, which is 14 more than yesterday. There are 178 COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit (ICU) beds, which is nine fewer than yesterday.

There are 58 available adult ICU beds out of 658 total (9% availability) and 272 available adult non-ICU beds out of 4,192 (6% availability).

Note: Please do not visit an emergency department for COVID-19 testing, unless you require emergency care for your symptoms.

Emergency departments in Oregon are under significant strain. You can find a test here. If you have a medical condition that doesn’t require emergency care, contact your provider. An urgent care center may also help you get the care you need and will save emergency departments from added strain.

More information about hospital capacity can be found here.


Millions of COVID-19 test kits heading to communities most affected by pandemic

Oregon has taken another step to help slow the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant and protect people from severe illness and hospitalization from COVID-19.

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has purchased six million iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test kits, with each kit containing two at-home tests, for a total of 12 million tests. So far, 1.3 million kits have been sent to community organizations so that they can provide them to the people they serve during the coming weeks. 

Click here for details on OHA’s at-home test kit distribution process. 

Image of a COVID-19 rapid at home self-test kit which are being distributed to community organizations throughout the state.



How does a rapid COVID-19 self-test work?

Even if you haven't tested yourself at home for COVID-19, you probably know someone who has, or you’ve heard people talking about where to buy one. Rapid antigen tests will quickly tell you whether you’ve been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. To learn more about how these tests work, check out the graphic below. Click the image to enlarge for better viewing. 

Infographic explains how at-home rapid antigen tests detect the virus that causes COVID-19.



COVID-19 testing is temporarily paused at three sites

COVID-19 testing has been temporarily paused at sites in Roseburg, Salem and Sherwood. Check out our blog for updates on these locations and to find other testing sites. To search for additional testing providers near you, use the Get Vaccinated Oregon locator map.


Understanding a negative COVID-19 test result

Even if you got a negative COVID-19 test result, you could still be infected. To keep others safe, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that if you have COVID-19 symptoms or were exposed to someone who tested positive, wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days when around others, even if you tested negative.

Infographic says if you test negative for COVID-19 but have symptoms, you should still wear a mask around others





Oregon is one of the most vaccinated states in the U.S., boosters still encouraged

Today is the last day OHA will formally report progress toward meeting Gov. Kate Brown’s goal of getting 1 million more people in the state a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of January. 

The purpose of establishing the goal was to promote the effectiveness of boosters as a shield against the Omicron variant. When the challenge began, 949,749 people had received a booster dose. Since then, 504,081 more Oregonians received a COVID-19 booster. 

“Every booster shot administered gets us closer to the goal we all want to attain – an end to the pandemic in Oregon,” said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, state medical officer and state epidemiologist. 

Oregon ranks near the top among U.S. states and the District of Columbia in vaccinations and boosters, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

  • Oregon ranks 10th in percentage of total population – children and adults – who are fully vaccinated and have received a booster dose. 
  • Oregon is also 10th in the percentage of adults – people 18 and older – who are fully vaccinated and have received a booster dose. 
  • Oregon ranks 12th in the percentage of people 65 and older who are fully vaccinated and have received a booster dose. 
  • Oregon is 18th in total vaccination dose rate. 

OHA recommends that Oregonians continue to wear masks, stay home when sick, get vaccinated and get a booster shot. To find a vaccination or booster site, check out our blog. You can find vaccination and booster sites on our blog. Use the Get Vaccinated Oregon locator map to find additional vaccine providers near you.



Washington Co. Vaccine Information: 


New high-volume vaccination clinic in Washington County:  High-volume vaccination sites throughout the state offer a free, convenient way to get vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. All three COVID-19 vaccines, boosters and pediatric doses are offered at these sites, and no insurance or appointments are required.  A new high-volume site is open in Washington County: 

  • Langer’s, 21650 SW Langer Farms Pkwy, Sherwood 
  • Outdoor drive-through clinic 
  • Hours: Mondays through Saturdays, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m

Washington County's Mobile Vaccination Van: The van is traveling the county to make it easier for people to get the vaccine close to where they live or shop. Find the schedule here.

Tektronix (starting Thursday, November 11): This clinic will offer all three vaccines, including boost and pediatric doses. Located at 14200 SW Karl Braun Drive (inside Building 58) in Beaverton. Hours are Monday through Friday from 12-6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Walk-in only, no appointments. 

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Centers: All vaccination events are open to the community, do not require an appointment, and do not require you to be a Virginia Garcia patient. You do not have to have insurance in order to receive a vaccine. If you have insurance, please bring your card with you. Remember, vaccines are free!

Beaverton Resource Center: This clinic on Fridays takes place inside the Beaverton Resource Center, 13565 SW Walker Road. Visit Project Access Now's website to make an appointment. All three vaccines are available, including boosters and third doses. This site is currently not offering the pediatric Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11. NO CLINIC on December 24, December 31 or January 14.

Paisanos Plaza: This clinic operates every Sunday from 1-5 p.m. It is organized by Oregon Health Authority and Vive NW and offers all vaccines and boosters. It is located at 966 SE Oak Street in Hillsboro. No appointments, ID or health insurance required. Questions? Call the Vive NW hotline at 844-291-4970.

Centro Cultural Clinic: On Saturdays at 1110 N. Adair Street in Cornelius.


Local pharmacies: As of April 27, 2021, pharmacies are required to offer second/boost doses to people who received their first dose somewhere else.

How much does the vaccine cost?  Vaccines are provided free of charge to the recipient. If you have health insurance, you may be asked to provide that information so the vaccinator can bill your insurance an administration fee.

Mix and Match Approved: The CDC approved a “mix-and-match” strategy that allows anyone qualifying for a booster to receive any of the FDA-authorized vaccines. People may receive either the same or a different COVID-19 vaccine, depending on advice from a health care provider, individual preference, availability or convenience.




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Oregon House of Representatives elects Dan Rayfield as Speaker:

The following message is a Press Release from the House Democratic Caucus, published on February 1st, 2022.

SALEM – Today, on the opening day of the 2022 legislative session, the Oregon House of Representatives elected Rep. Dan Rayfield (D-Corvallis) to serve as Speaker of the House.

In his first remarks as Speaker of the House, Rayfield shared how a chaotic childhood made him the person he is today, and highlighted priorities for the 2022 session.

“Like the rest of the country, Oregonians have faced immense challenges these last two years,” Rayfield said. “We can give them hope that stability, safety, and a better tomorrow are possible.

“We know our kids learn best when they’re in a safe school environment five days a week, which is why we will work to support our teachers and schools to make that happen. We’ll bring support to working families and the small businesses that make up the backbone of our economy. We’re going to work to bring down the cost of living by making investments in key areas like housing and health care, and we’ll work to address the homelessness crisis in every community in the state. And we’re going to prioritize keeping our communities safe, while we invest in mental and behavioral health services to help some of our most vulnerable neighbors.”

Rayfield was formally nominated on the floor by Rep. Wlnsvey Campos (D-Aloha).

“I know that many of our colleagues can attest that he has spent time listening and learning about the priorities of the different communities we represent and has demonstrated that he is someone who values all voices in this chamber, and that he demonstrates authenticity and integrity in this work,” Campos said.

The video of Rayfield’s remarks can be found here.


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Nathan Sosa appointed to serve Oregon House District 30:

Congratulations to Representative Sosa! I look forward to working with him through the Short Session and into the future! Read more below:

The Washington County Board of Commissioners appointed Nathan Sosa to House District 30 on Monday evening, January 31st. His appointment fills the vacancy left by former state Representative Janeen Sollman, who was appointed last month to fill the vacant Oregon Senate seat left by the resignation of Chuck Riley in late 2021. Representative Sosa was sworn in Tuesday morning, February 1st, as the Legislature gaveled in for a 35-day short session.

You can read the full article, authored by Troy Shinn, in the Hillsboro News Times, linked here.


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Travis Nelson appointed to serve Oregon House District 44:

Congratulations to Representative Nelson! I appreciate the ground breaking progress Representative Nelson's nomination represents, and I look forward to working closely with him. You can read more below:

Travis Nelson, a registered nurse, was appointed by Multnomah County commissioners to the House District 44 seat vacated by Tina Kotek. According to the House Majority Office, Nelson will be the first Black LGBTQ+ member of the House and Nelson will become the 10th member of color in the current House. Representative Nelson was sworn in Tuesday morning, February 1st.

You can read the full article, authored by Peter Wong, in the Bend Bulletin, linked here





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New city park coming to east side of Forest Grove:

The Forest Grove City Council approved spending $500,000 to buy a one-story house and the surrounding nearly half-acre lot at 3705 19th Avenue, to be converted into the first city park east of Highway 47. They plan to work with local nonprofits to salvage material from the house for reuse. 

You can read the full article, authored by Dillon Mullan, in the Forest Grove News Times, linked here.


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Oregon Department of Transportation updates stretch of Highway 6 with new signage:

To improve safety conditions on Highway 6, the Oregon Department of Transportation has installed new speed limit and warning signage. Specifically, the update includes 45 mph speed signs west of South Fork Gales Creek Road and signs at some curves with poor visibility before school bus stops. New signs also post the radio channel used by school bus operators to facilitate communication with truckers. 

You can read the full article, authored by Dillon Mullan, in the Forest Grove News Times, linked here.


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Habitat for Humanity opens a "ReStore" in Forest Grove:

The Forest Grove ReStore sells second-hand and gently used furniture, home goods, and building materials. The nonprofit began renting space in 2010 before buying the facility, previously a car dealership, in 2014 and completed renovations this month.

Habitat for Humanity is hosting an open house at the store from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 12th.

The store, which is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, is located at 3731 Pacific Avenue in Forest Grove. They can also be reached at 503-357-1201. The store also has a truck for delivery of larger items.

You can read the full article, authored by Dillon Mullan, in the Forest Grove News Times, linked here.





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

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 ResourcesOregon 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 UpdatesFEMA has provided several different Fact Sheets and resources for accessing benefits, determining eligibility and avoiding scams.





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Washington County Veterans Resources 

American Legion Post 104: (503) 642-4907

American Legion Post 006: (503) 648-7191

Washington County Disability, Aging, and Veteran Services: (503) 846- 3060

Hillsboro VA Clinic: (503) 906-5000

Paws Assisting

Veterans of Foreign Wars: (503) 895- 1342

Hillsboro Elks Lodge: (503) 648- 1862

Rock Creek Veteran Resources | Veteran Resources at PCC : (971) 722-7743 or 7744

Veterans Support | Pacific University


Mental Health Services: 

  • Washington County Crisis Line | 503-291-9111
  • Crisis Text Line | Text “Connect” to 741741
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline | 1-800-273-8255
  • Trevor Lifeline | 1-866-488-7386





Employers and Employees

The following list of resources is from Oregon’s Secretary of State’s Office. The fastest way to get in touch with the SOS team is by emailing, using the “Need Help?” button found on most state agency websites or visiting

Education Links

Local Government

Utilities Assistance

Food and Housing Assistance

Additional Resources



Oregon Health Authority


Rep. McLain


Yours truly,

Representative Susan McLain

Representative Susan McLain
House District 29

email: I phone: 503-986-1429
address: 900 Court St NE, H-376, Salem, OR 97301