Week11: Guns, Semiconductors, and The OLCC

Updates from Senator Tim Knopp.

Sen. Knopp Newsletter header

Week 11: Guns, Semiconductors, and The OLCC

Hello District 27, 

Welcome to week 11. This week's newsletter is focused on multiple bills and subjects including a controversial gun bill amendment, a statement to the OLCC, and an update on an important bill that has the potential to produce thousands of local jobs and cement Oregon as the leading producer in the tech industry. 

(See the bottom of the newsletter for polling results from weeks 9 and 10) 

SD 27 Headings

Legislative Priorities 

Many of you reached out to me last week regarding the status of SB 348; a study bill that had a 64-page amendment added to it. The amendment is an attempt to expand and implement measure 114, which voters barley passed in 2022, and created heavy restrictions on gun ownership. We in the senate republican caucus are doing what we can to oppose this bill. Last week I, along with other members, used my time on the senate floor to openly oppose SB 348.

Watch me speak in opposition of SB 348 here.  

348 remonstrance

On Monday I spoke on the senate floor to once again urge a nonpartisan investigation of the OLCC, asking them once again to release the list of legislative members and agency heads that received special treatment in the acquisition of land and rare liquor. Below is the image of me on the senate floor. On my desk is a day counter, that will count the number of days until the list is released to the public. Watch my remonstrance to the OLCC on the senate floor here.

olcc remonstrance


  • On Tuesday I carried Senate Concurrent Resolution 11 on the senate floor. This resolution honors Lance Corporal Don Edward Darnall, a former resident of Bend who gave up his life while fighting for his country in the Vietnam War. SCR 11 honors Lance Corporal Darnall and the sacrifice he made. Click here to watch me speak on SCR 11 on the senate floor. Thank you to Dick Tobiason for requesting this resolution. 
  • On Wednesday, I carried Senate Bill 4B on the senate floor following its third reading. SB 4B would develop a grant and loan program to support businesses that produce semi-conductors. Click here to watch my carry. 

Press release below of the passing of Senate Bill 4B 

Sb 4 passes out of the senate

On Tuesday the senate passed Senate Bill 644 A , which amends the requirements relating to wildfire hazard mitigation for development of accessory dwelling units on lands zoned for rural residential use. Click here to watch me carry it on the senate floor and check out the press release of the passing of SB 644-A below. 

Senate Bill 644 Press release


957 testimony-2
  • Last week I gave testimony alongside Senator Taylor in support of Senate Bill 957, a bipartisan bill which would increase the offense level for certain sex crimes. It was given a unanimous aye vote and a "do pass" recommendation by the Senate Committee on Judiciary. Click here to watch my testimony. 


Courtesies to Callahan

Above is a picture on the senate floor as I joyfully extend courtesies to the newest member of my family, my new grandson Callahan Knopp. Click here to watch the video on the senate floor. 

Seth Root courtesy

Last week I gave Seth Root courtesies on the senate floor. Seth is a policy analyst in the Senate Republican Office and does member services for many of the republican senators. Click here to watch me extend courtesies to Seth. 


Poll Results 

Newsletters from week's 9 and 10 included polls with questions about different controversial bills that were introduced. 

Week 9 asked if you believe incarcerated felons should be allowed to vote. This was your response. 

poll-felons voting

Week 10's poll asked if you thought the OLCC should release the list of members and agency heads that received special access to rare liquors. Below are the poll results.  

OLCC poll results

New Poll Below 

Do you support or oppose the following Bills? 

Senate Bill 348 reduces the maximum firearm magazine to 10 rounds and requires a permit to be obtained prior to the sale of the firearm (both parts to measure 114). 

Senate Bill 527 allows the seller of a firearm the ability to deny sale to any person under the age of 21. 

HB 2005 defines "undetectable firearm." Punishes manufacturing, importing, offering for sale or transferring undetectable firearm by maximum of 10 years' imprisonment, $250,000 fine, or both. 

Click here to voice your opinion!


SD 27 Headings

Multnomah County lost residents faster than any other Oregon County Census Bureau says
The Oregonian I Jamie Goldberg

Oregon school district let teacher harass female students for years before sexually abused one, ruling reveals
The Oregonian I Maxine Bernstein 

Proposed bill would allow Oregon cities, counties to set their own rent control
KATU I Christina Giardinelli 

Oregon senators announced $1.6 million for Bend airport control tower
The Bulletin 

League of Woman Voters, City Club, The Bulletin to host townhall with local legislature
The Bulletin

City of Bend to implement transportation utility fee
The Bulletin I Anna Kaminski 

Redmond School District announces Brian Cook as new Ridgeview High principal
The Bulletin 

Numerous competitive races in Redmond in May election
Redmond Spokesman I Tim Trainor

New Lodge opening at Black Butte Ranch
The Nugget I Katy Yoder

Best Regards,


Senator Tim Knopp 
Senate District 27

email: sen.timknopp@oregonlegislature.gov I phone: 503-986-1727
address: 900 Court St NE, S-309, Salem, OR, 97301
website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/knopp
Follow us on Facebook