4/14/2023 Senate District 15 Newsletter

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Senator Janeen Sollman

Friends and Neighbhors,

Legislative Updates

SB 4 Signed by the Governor!

Yesterday, Governor Tina Kotek signed Oregon's CHIPS Bill, SB 4, opening Oregon doors for innovation! I was so happy to have my entire team join me at this game-changing, bipartisan, bicameral event today. This is a big win for Oregon's future.

SB 4 pics

SB 4 - In the News

Gov. Kotek signs $210M CHIPS Act to elevate Oregon’s tech industryKOIN 6 News

Gov. Tina Kotek signs bill with $210 million for chip industry, new land-use powers for herOregonLive.com

Gov. Kotek signs Oregon CHIPS Act into law, giving state's semiconductor industry a boostKATU News

Gun Violence Prevention Package

This session a top priority for us is to make our communities and schools safer by taking on gun crimes and violence. HB 2005, which passed out of the Full Ways and Means Committee last Friday, offers common-sense solutions and will keep our communities safe, help law enforcement do their jobs, and keep guns out of the wrong hands. It is a balance between community safety and individual liberty – an Oregon solution to a growing challenge.

No one should fear for their lives while at the grocery store, movie theater, in their place of worship, at school, or just going about their day. But right now we are facing an epidemic of gun violence and crime. In fact, guns are the leading cause of death for children ages 1-18 in the United States. It doesn’t have to be like this. Our cities, towns and communities shouldn’t be battlegrounds. Oregonians agree: We all have a right to feel safe. Together, we can and must solve this public health and safety crisis. We must address gun violence and crimes to help save lives and prevent these tragedies. 

Read below for further information about what is included in this important bill.

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Week 13 Committee Snaps

Most committees did not have a chance to meet this week due to extended floor sessions. The Senate Housing Committee met once on Wednesday morning and the Full Ways and Means Committee met on Thursday afternoon and will meet again this evening in Newport for the Ways and Means Roadshow. 

Senate Committee on Housing and Development

Public hearings were heard on the following bills:

  • HB 2984 A: Allows conversion of building from commercial use to housing within urban growth boundary under certain conditions.
  • HB 2987 A: Authorizes Oregon Health Authority to establish by rule maximum percentage of grant funds that grant recipients under Healthy Homes Program may use for administrative expenses.
  • HB 3151 A: Limits improvements that landlord of manufactured dwelling park may require of tenant.

Joint Committee on Ways & Means

Work Sessions were held on the following bills:

  • SB 5522: Oregon Medical Board budget bill
  • HB 5046: Continuing Resolution Measure
  • HB 2002 A: Reproductive Health and Access to Care Package

Week 13 - Oregon State Capitol Visits to #S207 (Your Senate District 15 Capitol Office)

Unfortunately, due to the lengthy floor sessions this week, I was unable to attend many previously scheduled meetings. Most committee meetings were also canceled this week, pushing back public hearings and work sessions on other bills still making their way through the process. 

In The News

As Oregon lawmakers near tense votes, delay tactics flourish in Salem, OPB.org

On Tuesday, I had the honor and privilege to give a Courtesy of the Senate to Hillsboro Hops' Coach, Ronnie Gajownik. Coach Gajownik recently became the first female manager to coach a High-A level affiliate baseball team.  Kids can't be what they can't see and how awesome that young girls, in the stands at our Hops games, will see our coach and see future opportunity for themselves on a roster.

Watch my Courtesy here.

Hops Visit

Oregon Film Updates

Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio - Oregon Film Reception

What an amazing opportunity it was to meet some of the creators and artists of Guillermo del Toro's Oscar winning movie Pinocchio! A pioneer in stop motion animation and a delight to watch with the whole family. Over 4 years of production through Portland-based animation studio ShadowMachine, “Pinocchio” spent almost $50M in the state including $35M in local labor impacting 500 jobs. 

The talented artists that created “Pinocchio” represent the culmination of years of award winning work being done in the stop motion industry here in the state that started with Will Vinton and Bob Gardiner’s Oscar win in 1975 for their animated short “Closed Monday’s” through Will Vinton Studios work with the California Raisons and television series like “The PJs"  and the multiple awards for Laika’s many feature films including “Coraline,” “ParaNorman” and “Kubo and the Two Strings”. This Oscar win is a welcomed recognition for an art form that Oregon not only pioneered but now leads the world in creating - stop motion animation. 

Stats and history provided by Oregon Film.


Senate District 15 - Small Business Spotlight

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Gimre's Shoes

As the weather is warming up, it is the perfect time to plan for a hike in the numerous Oregon trails. If you are in need of new footwear for the occasion, Gimre's Shoes is a store offering a wide range of brand-name sneakers, boots and foot-care accessories. The business has a long history in our state as it opened in Astoria in 1892 by Sven Gimre. It was eventually passed on to his son, who then passed it along to his son Pete Gimre in 1984. They opened another location in Hillsboro the following year that is managed by his brother Jon. It has been embraced by the community and is the go-to for quality and durability in any season. They are located on  3972 & 256 E Main in downtown Hillsboro and are open Wednesday through Friday 10 AM-6 PM and Sat. Mon. Tues. 10 AM-5 PM. 

They have a wide variety of brands and types for every need from medical to athletic footwear. Visit their website here for more information.

Community Outreach

Washington County residents can receive $250 for their old wood stove at May 6 turn-in event

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Shared from Washington County

Washington County is offering a $250 incentive to residents who turn in their old, uncertified wood stoves or wood stove inserts or those certified between 1986-1992. Only 40 stoves/inserts will be accepted at this one-day event. This is the third consecutive year for the turn-in event. The first two years brought in 36 old wood stoves.

  • When: Saturday, May 6, 2023, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Where: Far West Recycling, 6440 SE Alexander St., Hillsboro
  • Why: Old wood stoves pollute the air and can harm the health of the owner and their neighbors. In addition, anyone selling a home with a wood stove or fireplace insert in Oregon must ensure it was certified to meet emissions performance standards at the time of manufacture. If it was not certified, state law requires it to be removed, destroyed and disposed of when a home is sold.
  • How: Interested participants must register online ahead of time. Only 40 stoves will be accepted. Additional instructions are provided on the County’s webpage.

“This is a great opportunity for Washington County residents who want to get rid of their old wood stove and don’t want to replace it with a new one,” said Washington County Housing Rehabilitation Specialist Tim Davis. “For those who want to replace their old wood stove with a new one, our Wood Stove Exchange Program is a better option.”

Under the Wood Stove Exchange Program, qualifying residents can receive a rebate of $1,500-$4,000 when they replace their old or uncertified wood stove with a cleaner heating device. Some households may qualify for a full-cost replacement, depending on their income.

For more information about the turn-in event or the exchange program, visit www.WoodStoveExchange.com or call 503-846-4425.

Hillsboro School District - Classified Job Fair


Meals on Wheels People - Stride for Seniors 2023


Additional Resources

What’s happening around town in Senate District 15? – Event Calendars

Federal Delegation Links

Education Links

Food and Housing Assistance

Dinner Pics

Last weekend, I was thrilled to join Senate President Wagner at the home of Eva Aigner. Mrs Aigner and her late husband Les, were instrumental in helping pass our Holocaust and Genocide Education Bill in 2019. They both endured a painful history and survived the Holocaust through pain, strength and love for each other. It was wonderful to catch up with Eva, a warm and dear woman that has faced a lot of loss in her lifetime. Her smile and the kindness she bestowed was a bright spot in my week.

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