6/1/2022 Senate District 15 Newsletter

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Senator Janeen Sollman

Friends and Neighbors,

Upcoming Events

Community Conversation

Join me at BJ's Coffee in Forest Grove for my 89th Community Conversation. This is a great opportunity to gather informally and share your questions and concerns. Hope to see you there. Let's support a local Senate District 15 small business!

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Town Hall for Gun Violence Prevention

Join me and local students for a Students Demand Action Town Hall discussing gun violence prevention.

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Wear Orange - Friday, June 3rd

From WearOrange.org

This year, we once again unite in our call to end gun violence as we come together for Wear Orange. We honor the communities shattered by gun violence alongside the more than 110 people who are shot and killed, and hundreds more who are wounded, every day in our country. Together, we call for meaningful action to save lives.

We should not have to live in fear that gunfire can ring out at any moment, whether it’s at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, while grocery shopping at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, a party in San Bernardino, or graduations across the country. We deserve more. We deserve the freedom to move about our lives in safety and free from fear. Raise awareness by participating in Wear Orange online and in your community.

Find an event here.

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As a legislator, I am committed to doing all I can to end gun violence by using my voice and passing common sense gun legislation aimed at gun violence prevention and public safety. Here are a list of bills I have voted for, and sponsored, since becoming a legislator in 2017. 

  • 2017 SB 719 (Judiciary Bill) - Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) Creates process for obtaining extreme risk protection order prohibiting person from possessing deadly weapon when court finds that person presents risk in near future, including imminent risk, of suicide or causing injury to another person.
  • 2018 HB 4145 (Governor Bill) - Modifies definitions relating to relationship status that pertain to types of court orders and misdemeanor convictions that cause person to be prohibited from possessing firearms.
  • 2019 HB 2013 (Sponsor) - Provides that person subject to certain court protective orders is prohibited from possessing firearms if person had opportunity to be heard on order and did not request hearing, failed to appear at hearing or withdrew request before hearing occurred.
  • 2021 SB 554 (Chief Sponsor) - Requires person to secure firearm with trigger or cable lock, in locked container or in gun room except in specified circumstances. Also does not allow concealed carry at the Capitol, the Portland Airport and allows schools to adopt a no concealed carry policy.

I will never stop addressing the need for us to end the gun violence that is permeating our lives within our communities. We ALL have the right to have #FreedomFromFear.

On Monday, I attended the Memorial Day event in North Plains. After the ceremony, a man approached me and mentioned he was a Veteran, Conservative and a gun owner. He said that in light of the recent event, he would support action that I could take to address the issue. It was emotional for me to hear and only reaffirms this should not be a partisan issue. We must do everything possible to not have hatred in our history repeated. That is something my dear friend and Holocaust Survivor, Alter Wiener, would say. We can do better and should do better, our kids are depending on us.

I urge you to contact Oregon’s Federal delegation and express the need for action as a nation, even if you feel they agree, they need to hear from you.

Legislative Updates

Virtual Legislative Days: Today through Friday

During Legislative Days in June, committees will meet remotely to hear updates on Interim work and hold Informational Hearings. Along with the previous committees I served on during the Legislative Session, I was recently appointed as Co-Chair of the Joint Emergency Board Subcommittee on General Government. Follow along with my committee hearings virtually, by using the links below.

Committees can also be watched back at a later date, by following the links above. 

Out and About in Senate District 15

Uniting States Against Plastic

Last week I participated alongside legislators from 12 states in the "Uniting States Against Plastic" rally with Environment America and U.S Pirg. It was such an inspiration to hear about all the great work being done nationwide to eliminate single use plastics. You can watch the event back here or by clicking on the graphic below. I shared the 500 letters I received from Quatama Elementary students, urging me to ban polystyrene and reduce plastic waste. 

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Memorial Day Event in North Plains

It was an honor to pay tribute to our Veterans on this Memorial Day in North Plains, Oregon at the beautiful Veterans Memorial Park with my mom, who served as a U.S. Navy Wave. Thank you to Mayor Teri Lenahan for hosting the beautiful ceremony. The freedom we experience today came at a price. We honor the women and men that served and paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom every day.

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Quatama Elementary Fun Run

On Friday, I had a great time cheering on students at Quatama Elementary School's Fun Run. What a great way to go into the weekend on a positive note. 

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Community Outreach

Embrace Juneteenth: Honor Our Past, Celebrate Our Future

From Learn From History

Virtual Community Event, Thurs. June 2 from 5:00-6:00pm

Join us for an educational Juneteenth event led by Will Dwayne Thomas, Auburn University Department of History, to honor our past and celebrate our future. Will Dwayne Thomas will lead a discussion about the significance of Juneteenth – a part of our history that too many of us did not learn in school. And we’ll celebrate our future, as Juneteenth is commemorated for the second time as a national holiday on Sunday, June 19, 2022.

Sign up to attend here.

Teen Internship Opportunity at the Cornelius Public Library

From the City of Cornelius

Paid Summer Internship! The Cornelius Public Library is seeking a motivated, equity minded, and public service-oriented teen between the ages of 16-19 to join our team for the summer! As a Teen Summer Intern, you will work with a Librarian Mentor to experience many aspects of public library work including helping with the selection of summer reading prize books, assisting with programming and community outreach, providing customer service to library patrons, and more!

Visit here to apply or get more information.

Hillsboro City Council Wards - Community Meetings

From the City of Hillsboro

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The City of Hillsboro is changing the boundaries of its three City Council Wards and we want your feedback!

Where and how the new boundaries are drawn will affect who is likely to be elected as a City Councilor and how Hillsboro neighborhoods and communities have a voice in city government.

Please join us for an upcoming community meeting to share your input on the City Council Ward changes!

Register here for the in-person meeting on June 2 or the online meeting on June 8.

Additional Resources

 Senate District 15 Links

Federal Delegation Links

Education Links

Food and Housing Assistance

June is Pride Month! Look in next week’s newsletter for ways to celebrate, honor and lift our LQBTQ+ neighbors, family and friends in a positive, loving and inclusive way that builds community.

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Onward & Upward,


Senate District 15 lies on Kalapuya land. The Atfalati were the northernmost band of the Kalapuya that lived along the Tualatin River in present day Washington County. Many of the Atfalati descendants are members of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon today. The Indigenous Peoples of this land experienced a painful history of colonial violence, sickness and removal from their land. The Atfalati are the foundation of Oregon’s past and we must honor them well into our future.    

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1715
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-207, Salem, Oregon 97301
Email: Sen.JaneenSollman@oregonlegislature.gov
Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/sollman