Week 15: Follow The Law

Updates from Senator Tim Knopp.

Follow the law news letter

Week 15: Follow The Law

Hello Friends and Neighbors, 

As you may have heard by now, members of the Senate Republican and Independent Caucuses protested during today's floor session. The reason for this is simple. The bills that are being passed by the majority do not meet the requirements of the Oregon Constitution, Senate Rules, and Oregon law. When this was brought to the attention of the majority, they decided it was inconvenient for them to follow the law and attempted to continue passing unlawful bills. 

Follow the Law

Use the links below to see the article that was released shortly after, which goes into the details of the unlawfulness of the legislation being pushed by the Majority, as well as the recording of the press conference and a copy of the Press Release that I sent out following the protest. 

Statesman Journal link

Oregon Senate Republicans, Independent stage walkout as divisive bills await votes – Oregon Capital Chronicle

Click the image below to watch the Press Conference. 

T&A press conference pic

Oregon Sen. Tim Knopp, R-Bend, Speaks Wednesday during a meeting with reporters. Dianne Lugo/Statesman Journal

T&A Press Release-1T&A Press Release-2

policy updates

Senate Bill 644 Passes!

Signing a bill

On Thursday of last week, Senate Bill 644 was signed by the Senate President following a unanimous aye vote in the House. SB 644, which I chief sponsored, will make it easier for residential property owners to construct secondary dwelling units by giving counties the ability to approve applications for these ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Unites) on rural residential land. This bill will help to increase available housing while combating high rent costs and homelessness. 

Process matters

Click here to watch me speak in front of my colleagues about the importance of following the legislative process and not cutting corners to forcefully pass partisan agendas. 

Process Matters

Legislative priorities 

On Tuesday of last week, SJR 33 was giving a public hearing. This Joint Resolution that I mentioned last week would amend the constitution and help solidify HB 2002 with constitutional protections. Senate Joint Resolution 33 was sent to the Senate Committee on Rules where I sit as Vice Chair.  Because of this, I was able to ask questions on the measure. You can watch me in the Committee on Rules Here

Below is more information on House Bill 2002. One of the most controversial bills of the session, that was recently passed out of committee even though many members that gave the "Aye" vote were not fully aware of what the bill will allow for our youth if adopted. 

What you see below are facts on HB 2002 that even the chief bill sponsors were shocked to hear were true. Even so, they decided to send the bill to the floor for a vote without the chance to postpone the discussion an allow themselves to gather more information. 

Facts sheet 2002

Poll Results 

Last week I asked you all if the Oregon Legislature should form a new bicameral, bipartisan Committee on Oversight and Accountability. 

This was your response: 

New Committee Poll

New Poll!

Do you think we should be able to pass unconstitutional laws? 

Submit your answer here!

constituent meetings

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with Bend local State Farm agents Paul Finch, Jessica Anderson, and Chad Miller for State Farm Legislative Day. 

SD 27 Headings

Oregon House passes sweeping bill to guarantee access to abortion, gender affirming care
Oregon Captial Chronicle I Julia Shumway

Oregon legislators cancel hearing on 'right to rest' homeless bill after uproar
The Oregonian

Knopp reiterates call for Fagan's resignation despite secretary apology
Central Oregon Daily 

Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan resigns amid cannabis controversy
Statesman Journal I Diane Lugo, Capi Lynn 

Gun Safety passes Oregon House, moves to Senate
KGW I Alma McCarty 

11 former St. Charles Health System employees file $2.5M lawsuit over COVID mandate
The Bulletin I Susanne Roig 

Awbrey Butte waterline project to begin in June, city to host info session
The Bulletin 

Black Butte Ranch new 20M lodge
The Spokesman I Susanne Roig

Habitat meets with legislators
The Nugget 

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
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