Capitol Updates - HD 31

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Representative Brian Stout

Hello Friends and Neighbors,

It's been a month since this legislative session began and my legislative office has been involved in everything from meetings and floor sessions to events such as Oregon's 164th birthday and Credit Union Day at the Capitol.

Oregon's birthday

Credit Union Day at the Capitol

Credit Union Day

Last week, over 170 credit union advocates visited the Capitol including 20 from HD31.

2.3 million Oregonians, roughly 55% of the population, trust credit unions as their financial partners. And no wonder. Credit unions' not-for-profit, member-owned, cooperative structure inherently holds them accountable to the people and communities they serve. Oregon credit unions strive to preserve a legislative climate that recognizes their unique structure and mission.

Essential to the Economy

Bills of Interest

So far this session I have had the opportunity to sponsor many pieces of legislation with my fellow legislators that will benefit our community and our state.

HB2645 Provides that delivery of fentanyl may be charged as commercial drug offense in specified circumstances. 

SB 990 This bill would require the Department of Revenue to make surplus revenue funds, known as "kicker" refunds, in form of check instead of a tax credit. 

Bills of Concern...

HB2694 Permits person who will be 17 years old on date of primary election and 18 years old on date of general election to vote at primary election for candidates of major political party with which person is affiliated if major political party has adopted rule to this effect. 

HJR20 Proposes amendment to Oregon Constitution lowering voting age from 18 years of age to 16 years of age. Refers proposed amendment to people for their approval or rejection next regular general election. 

Small Business Matters

The Office of Small Business Assistance (OSBA) serves as the statewide ombudsman for Oregon's small businesses.  Serving businesses and nonprofits with 100 or fewer employees, the OSBA engages with Oregon small business owners, listens to their concerns, and connects them with the appropriate resources. Last year, the OSBA helped 3,265 entrepreneurs navigate government regulations and resolve problems through email, telephone, and in-person interactions.

You can explore the 2022 annual report on small businesses and their performance at the link here.  In particular, what is highlighted is the number of businesses that are closing versus being opened in our state.

OSBA State of Small Business

Your Voice Matters

Many of the priorities above resonate with you, which is one of the reasons you vote.  I want to encourage you and all constituents to follow your legislature and to be informed of what goes on every day.  You can watch committee hearings and floor proceedings.  You can track bills and be notified when they are up for a hearing.  I encourage you to visit and spend time getting to know it.  I have attached links that bring you directly to the tutorial videos on each of the "How To" lines below.

We're here for YOU!

We're here for you

My staff and I are here to help you! If you have a problem, question or comment, please feel free to email me at I do ask you to PLEASE include your phone number and your address.  This allows me to call you to follow up or ask any questions I might have.  Your address lets me know that you're a constituent.  I get hundreds of emails every week, but I always make sure that constituents get top priority.  If you'd prefer, you can call us at 503.986.1431.

If you'd like to visit me in Salem, you're always welcome to come by! If you drop by without an appointment, I'll do my best to meet with you, but to ensure that I don't have any other commitments, please call or email first for an appointment.  That way I can make sure to give you my undivided attention.

To stay connected, please follow me on Facebook or sign up to receive my e-newsletters as they are published emailing me or calling my office.

Thank you so much for this opportunity to be your State Representative.  


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House District 31

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1431
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-380, Salem, Oregon 97301