12/7/2022 Senate District 15 Newsletter

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Senator Janeen Sollman

Friends and Neighbors,

Legislative Updates

Legislative Days

Legislative Days began today. The purpose of these days is for committees and task forces to convene and hear about current issues, upcoming bill concepts and if there are any Emergency Board funding requests. The three committees I currently serve on are listed below. We have returned to in-person committee hearings and the Capitol is open to the public. 

If you are planning a visit to Salem, there are metered and electric vehicle charging spots near the Capitol. The historic part of the Capitol is still under construction and remains closed, but the Senate and House wings are open. Stop by my office (S-207) to say "Hello" if you are at the Capitol. Visitors may enter through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible doors on the State Street (south side) of the building. To ensure the safety of the public, employees, tenants and Legislators in the Capitol, all visitors will encounter a security checkpoint with a walk-through metal detector upon entry. 

Please see the Building Use Policy, Rule #15​ for prohibited items.​

Not able to make the trip? You can still watch the meetings from home on OLIS, the Oregon Legislative Information System. Meetings are listed on the Legislative Video and Audio page here.

Oregon Ballot Measures 

I have been asked by several constituents recently about what are the next steps for ballot measures that passed in November. There is a lot of news about Ballot Measure 114: Setting new rules for the purchase of firearms, and its upcoming implementation date of December 8th. The latest from yesterday afternoon, shows that a circuit court judge put a temporary restraining order on the entire measure. Read more here. Should the hold succeed, the legislature will have the chance to address the measure in the upcoming session. Today at 8:30am, the Senate Judiciary Committee discussed BM114 during their meeting at 8:30 am, and will hear from the Oregon State Police. You can watch that meeting back at this link here.

My office also reached out to our legislative counsel to see if they could share what they see as next steps for BM111 and BM112. Their responses are below. 

Measure 111: Adds the right to affordable health care to the state constitution. The only real next steps for Measure 111 is for members of the Legislative Assembly to be mindful of the state’s responsibility for ensuring access to affordable, cost-effective and medically necessary health care when making decisions about health policy. 

Measure 112: Measure 112, which removes obsolete language excepting punishment for crime from the existing prohibition on slavery and involuntary servitude, is self-executing. No further implementing legislation is needed. Measure 112 was intended to not change existing law concerning treatment, reform, education or work programs that adults in custody participate in.

If you have further interest in following the healthcare discussion, the Senate Health Care Committee will hear updates from the Joint Task Force on Universal Healthcare this week. Watch the committee hearings at the link below.

We will continue to share information on ballot measures and their next steps as they become available.

Out and About in Senate District 15

Cornelius Tree Lighting

The Cornelius Tree Lighting was a fun and fabulous evening. The tree was Beautiful and it was a great night for building community!

Tree Lighting

Community Conversation #100

What a fabulous #100 at Insomnia Coffee in downtown Hillsboro! Thank you village for showing up, for the great conversation, and for the donations to the Socks From Cops Program at the Hillsboro Police Department. Listen. Learn. Act. I am so honored to continue to have an open dialogue with constituents and for completing my 100th Community Conversation in 6 years as a legislator. As we wrap up December with #100, look for a new schedule of Community Conversations to come out after the New Year.

CC 100

Forest Grove Holiday Light Parade

The Forest Grove Holiday Light Parade was a huge hit on Saturday night! The skies were dry, the crowd was large and the Holiday Cheer was in the air. It was a great community event. Thank you to the City of Forest Grove and all that made this special event happen.

FG Parade

Community Outreach

Just Create Community - Reverse Advent Calendar for the Western Farmworkers United

Shared from Just Create Community Facebook

You’re invited to participate in Just Create Community’s 2nd Annual #GivingBoxHillsboro by creating a Reverse Advent Calendar food donation box for the WESTERN FARMWORKERS ASSOCIATION. Dec 5th through Dec 20th. Email ccosenzo@justcreatecommunity.com to participate.

What is the Western Farmworkers Association? “WFWA is an all-volunteer, independent, unincorporated membership organizing drive of low-income farm and seasonal workers. Members can access the free of charge self-help benefit program – built by members for members – which offers emergency food, clothing, preventive medical care, legal advice and more. This benefit program is supported entirely by WFWA allies throughout the community. WFWA accepts no government money or other money with strings attached.” More information on how to volunteer and get involved with WFWA by calling 503-681-9399.

Reverse Advent

Hillsboro School District - Featured Staff Member: Bus Driver David Battrick

Shared from Hillsboro School District Facebook

On Friday, Nov. 18 Evergreen Middle School students were dressing up “Fancy” for a spirit day. While outside greeting students as they arrived, the Counseling team snapped a picture of driver David Battrick helping a student tie his tie. Principal O.J. Gulley shared: “I wish this kind of care and compassion for all of our students because even the small things are what help students to thrive. We are about community and caring for one another and this is a perfect example of our entire HSD village caring for our students.” Thank you for working hard to make these meaningful connections, David! You make us Proud to be HSD!

Miembro destacado del personal: David Battrick, conductor de autobús escolar

El viernes, 18 de noviembre, los estudiantes de la Escuela Secundaria Evergreen se vistieron de manera «elegante» para un día de espíritu escolar. Mientras saludaban a los estudiantes afuera de la escuela cuando estos llegaban al plantel, el equipo de consejeros escolares tomó una foto del conductor David Battrick ayudando a un estudiante a atarse la corbata. El director O.J. Gulley compartió lo siguiente: «Cómo me gustaría este tipo de cuidado y compasión para todos nuestros estudiantes porque incluso las cosas pequeñas son las que ayudan a los estudiantes a tener éxito. Nos importa la comunidad y nos preocupamos unos por otros, y este es un ejemplo perfecto de que todo nuestro equipo de HSD se preocupa por nuestros estudiantes». ¡David, gracias por trabajar arduamente para crear estas conexiones significativas! ¡Nos hace sentir orgullosos de ser HSD!

HSD Photo

Beautiful. Superintendent Mike Scott says, "Every student is one caring adult away from success." Here is a perfect example of how the simplest act of kindness can open the hearts and minds of so many around.

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