12/14/2022 Senate District 15 Newsletter

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Senator Janeen Sollman

Friends and Neighbors,

Legislative Updates

Legislative Days

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Legislative Days at the Capitol were full of activity, if not a little cramped! My team and I were happy to be among colleagues and work together in the office, but construction has the Capitol's main floor, communal space limited to the hallway between the chambers. Session may be a tight fit for all the groups we are used to welcoming. Feel free to reach out to my office in advance to schedule a constituent meeting or advocacy meeting, either virtually, or in person. We will also be available in district on some Fridays.

During Leg Days, the Emergency Board met to close the year and distribute funds that will help in many areas, highlighted below. It was also great to be in the newly refurbished committee rooms for hearings. Click on the links below to watch my committee hearings in playback. I look forward to the start of session after the New Year and getting to work on great policy for Oregon.

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Out and About in Senate District 15

Oregon Business Summit

On Monday, Nickole, Maria and I participated in the Oregon Business Summit. What an amazing opportunity to learn from a variety of panelists and speakers on pressing issues facing Oregon in the coming year and build connections for the work ahead. We started the morning by hearing from Senators Wyden and Merkley on the game-changing opportunities to grow Oregon manufacturing and how the state can be poised to take advantage of the federal support coming from the CHIPS Act. The new president of Oregon State University, Dr. Jayathi Murthy, and Dr. Adrien Bennings from Portland Community College, were there to discuss the role of postsecondary education in driving technology innovation. We also learned from Rosanne Haggerty, a national leader on developing accessible housing and finding solutions to homelessness, about Community Solutions "Built for Zero" program that the Cities of Portland, Gresham and Multnomah County have recently joined. Learn more here. We ended the day by hearing from state legislators and Governor-elect Tina Kotek on upcoming policy priorities and issues raised in this year's Oregon Business Plan. 

Oregon Bus Summit

Hillsboro Rotary Club Holiday Party

The Hillsboro Rotary Club's Annual Holiday Party was a great community event this weekend, held to raise funds for the recently announced Hidden Creek All-Inclusive Playground and the Family Justice Center of Washington County, along with all the many programs supported in the community by Rotary. It was wonderful to see the level of support given by the community for these two amazing recipients.

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Washington County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Gala was held last Friday. It was a wonderful evening in celebration of Washington County community leaders and the important contributions they bring. I was happy to be there in support of such good people who are doing amazing things in our communities.

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Community Outreach

Hawthorn Resuming Walk-In Services

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Hawthorn Clinic

Starting Monday, December 12, the Hawthorn Walk-In Center will resume walk-in services during limited hours of Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Even during these times, individuals who need help are still encouraged to call the Washington County Crisis Line at 503-291-9111 before going to Hawthorn. The line is answered every day, 24 hours a day, by trained professionals who can help decide the best option for care. This may include providing assistace by phone, referring to other services, arranging a mobile team crisis response, or referring the person to Hawthorn.

WashCo Bikes Adopt-a-Bike Program

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WashCo Bikes is fundraising for it's Adopt-a-Bike program. I've been given the task of raising $12,500.00 by Dec 20th. The reason is we have a sponsor who will match our donations. We are off to a good start but I am asking for your help.
The Adopt-a-Bike program began with WashCo Bikes giving bicycles to kids during the holidays. The program has grown in the past few years allowing us to give bicycles year round. We are on track for giving 5,000+ bicycles away this year alone. 5,000... isn't that incredible? The bikes go to individuals who are referred to us, schools, veterans, churches, other non-profit organizations making WashCo Bikes the largest organization giving bicycles away on the west coast. We have the bicycles, and we have a great team of volunteers who clean, make minor repairs, pick up and deliver bikes for us. We also have hard costs making this all happen. This is where are donation dollars will go towards.
Your donation is tax deductible as we are a 501(c)3 charitable organization. EIN# 20-2557070

Donate Now! https://washcobikes.wufoo.com/forms/x184wxtx1rpujow/

Collect Winter Clothes for Home Plate and Come for Caroling- Dec. 18th at 1:00pm

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Light Up Hillsboro - Sunday, Dec. 18th at 4:15pm


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