7/19/2022 Senate District 15 Newsletter

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Senator Janeen Sollman

Friends and Neighbors,

Upcoming Events

Virtual Coffee Chat

Join me for my 92nd Community Conversation. Bring your questions and share your thoughts or concerns. Pre-registration is required at the link below.

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Register Here

Legislative Updates

9-8-8 Line is Live

This week, another resource became available to help Oregonians (and those across the country) in crisis. 988 is live and ready to take calls. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing a mental health crisis and need help, do not hesitate to call. There is no shame, just compassion. Calm, caring voices are on the other end of the line to help, thanks to Lines For Life.

In the 2021 legislative session, working on 988 and the mobile crisis team bill, HB 2417, was a priority for me . The pandemic did not create the mental health crisis, it only exasperated it. Help is improving! 

The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is available 24/7 for people experiencing a behavioral health crisis to call, text or chat online at 988lifeline.org. Calls may be responded to in English or Spanish. Text and online chat are currently only available in English.

People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

Learn more about the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline here.

Ag Overtime Tax Credit Listening Sessions

Shared from the Oregon Farm Bureau Facebook page

The Oregon Department of Revenue is inviting members of the public and interested parties to attend virtual listening sessions on the agricultural worker overtime tax credit House Bill (HB) 4002 (2022) implementation. The department is implementing a credit application process as directed in the bill and the program will start January 1, 2023.

Remaining Sessions are listed below:

Crops and General Agriculture
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 1:30 pm
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 376847

Open Forum
Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 1 pm

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Housing Updates

Oregon Homeowner Help

From OregonHomeownerHelp.org

If you’re worried about keeping your home, you’re not alone. A certified housing counselor can help you understand your options to keep your home at a cost you can afford. It’s information you need from a source you can trust, and it's free and confidential.

Visit OregonHomeownerHelp.org to learn more.

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Education Updates

Expanded Summer Programs 

‘Eyes watching, ears listening’: Portland-area schools tee up kindergarten success with expanded summer programs, The Oregonian, July 9, 2022.

'The Legislature allocated $150 million of state funds for summer learning grants this year, after seeing success from the $200 million invested for K-12 summer programming in 2021. A huge infusion of federal pandemic aid also helped school districts to expand summer programs for early learners this year, most with a focus on students from low-income backgrounds, students of color and those with special needs.'

According to the article, Hillsboro School District was able to double the amount of pre-K students in its bilingual enrichment program. Read more on how Hillsboro and other local school districts are investing these funds in the full article here.

Out and About in Senate District 15

Sunday Market Meet Up

The Sunday Market Meet Up was a great community conversation this past weekend! Topics of discussion included: reproductive health protections, trans equality and advocacy, open primaries, environmental concerns/decarbonization, school board training, safe storage for firearms clarification, Hawthorn Farm Walk-in Clinic reduced services and the need for mental health workforce and resources.

These meetings are a way to meet neighbors and a way that I get to know what the community needs me to respond to. I hope to see you at Community Conversation #92

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La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival in Hillsboro

Saturday was a beautiful (perfect weather) day for the La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival in the Hillsboro Downtown area. Thank you Tualatin Valley Creates and City of Hillsboro for supporting the Arts and working to build community. It was good to see so many happy faces! 

Chalk Art Pics

Chalk Art Pics

Plaza Los Amigos Groundbreaking

Last Thursday was a beautiful day to break ground on an exciting 113-unit affordable housing complex in Cornelius, Oregon. Plaza Los Amigos is a project partnership with Bienestar and REACH Community Development. Senator Chuck Riley, Representative Susan McLain and myself (then a House District 30 Rep), directed ARPA resources to help fund this project. Sí, Se Puede!

PLA Pics

PLA Pics

Community Outreach

Ralph Brown Celebration of Life

Find more information and details linked here.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that well-wishers donate to Adventures With Purpose, the Alzheimer's Assocation, or the Cornelius Booster Club.

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Rice Museum of Rocks & Minerals

Shared from the Rice Museum of Rock & Minerals e-Newsletter, sign up here.


The Museum is excited to announce all Oregon youth will receive free admission to the Museum through October 2, thanks to a grant from the State of Oregon.
Children 17 and under must be accompanied by at least one adult with an Oregon id.

This program is for Oregon families.


The Museum is offering free guided group tours (guided experiences) through November 2022 thanks to the generous support of the Juan Young Trust.

These limited capacity group tours hit all of the same Next Generation Science Standards as the Museum’s typical school tour program and are lead by the same enthusiastic group of educators. Tours include outdoor activities (weather permitting).

Advanced registration is required. These are mixed group (families) tours. Book your tour here.

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Washington County Fair - Starts Friday!

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The Washington County Fair runs July 22nd-July 31st at the Westside Commons in Hillsboro. Visit BigFairFun.com for information and event schedule.

Toy, Board Game & Puzzle Swap Event

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Additional Resources

 Senate District 15 Links

Federal Delegation Links

Education Links

Food and Housing Assistance

This newsletter is coming to you a day early this week, as Nickole and I are in Boise, Idaho for the Council of State Governments Annual Meeting. We will be attending trainings and meeting with legislators from across the western states, including some of our colleagues from the Oregon Legislature. I appreciate this opportunity to learn and grow in my role as your Senator. We will share more upon our return.  Link to the meeting is here.

Be good to yourself and each other. ❤

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