Capitol Updates - HD 31 Vol. 9

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Representative Brian Stout

Hello Friends and Neighbors,

While it has been almost 3.5 weeks since the official "first day of Spring", some in HD 31 still saw snow fall and experienced school delays this week. I have heard and read from many constituents that they are "sick and tired" of "winter" in Spring. I wish I could make that a reality for all of you, but none of us have the power to change "Mother Nature". 

So, while the day light hours are getting longer, we will still experience chilly, windy and stormy days in the weeks to come. The House floor sessions feel much like the current weather...long, debated and more losses than wins. Our caucus is unified and is working hard to educate our counterparts on all the reasons why to vote "Nay" on bad bills, but Republicans still hold a minority position in the Legislature.  Being in the minority party, we have limited tools, but we will use all we have on behalf of our constituents.

Floor Session signs

Local Scholarship Recipients

Did you know? Every legislator has an opportunity to give a one-minute courtesy after the opening of each floor session.  Courtesies are a way for us to recognize activities and achievements within our communities back home, while we are away serving.  My courtesy for Wednesday, April 12, is here below:

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker,

Today I extend my courtesies for four students from my district.  The four high schoolers have been selected to receive scholarships from the Ford Family Foundation to sing in New York City in 2024.   Beth Hansen, Aidin Pulito, Jaedyn Schumaker and Kayla Bissell are rehearsing The Wisdom of Columbia County with the Columbia Chorale of Oregon for their inaugural performance at Scappoose High School on June 5th.  They will be performing an original work on May 27th, 2024, at Carnegie Hall.  The Ford Family Foundation Grant will make possible a unique cultural and artistic experience for these four local students.  Thank You.

April 12 Courtesy

~~~~~~~~Columbia County Career Fair~~~~~~~~

PCC OMIC Training Center

April 27, 2023

High School Students - 9am - 2pm

Everyone else - 2p - 4:30p

Career Fair

Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC)

OMIC Ribbon cutting

OMIC Research and Development Mission Statement:

Develop and apply advanced metals manufacturing techniques and processes for industrial competitive advantage and academic growth, while inspiring and educating the next generation's manufacturing workforce.

OMIC Academy offers advanced manufacturing master classes and member sponsored trainings with subject matter experts several times throughout the year both online and at their facility.

This week, OMIC held a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Also this week, the Columbia County Economic Team received an $814k check from the federal government that will go towards planning of the Advanced & Additive Small Business Manufacturing Incubator.

Key Votes I took this week!

Here are some key votes I took this week that impacts our community and our state. 

HB 3135 Preservers additional funding for small school districts that merge with one or more school districts if certain conditions are met. I voted Yes on this bill. 

HB 3204 Establishes and modifies timelines related to enrollment of students in virtual public charter schools. I voted Yes on this bill.

HB 3042 Limits terminations and rent increases for three years after tenants' housing is withdrawn from publicly supported housing. I voted No on this bill. 

HB 2057 Makes contractor jointly and severally liable in civil or administrative action for unpaid wages of unrepresented employee of subcontractor at any tier. I voted No on this bill. 


Watch my floor speech on HB 2057 A

HB 2057 Speech Photo

Click here to watch! 

We love seeing our community in the Capitol!

Paul Vogel

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


Brian's signature

Representative Brian Stout
House District 31

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