6/2/23 Senate District 15 Newsletter

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Senator Janeen Sollman

Friends and Neighbors,

Forest Grove Students Visit the Capitol This Week

Mariachi Tradición - Forest Grove High School

Yesterday, Mariachi Tradición from Forest Grove High School came to the Capitol Building to perform for the Senate's opening ceremony. Their breathtaking performance was applauded with a standing ovation. Watch their energetic performance here.

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Forest Grove Community Schools

Thank you Forest Grove Community School for stopping by S-207, your district office, to say hello this week. Nothing is more energizing than having students in the Capitol! I appreciated their thoughtful questions on the issues and their excitement for being in the building. *They now hold the record for most people in S207! 

Forest Grove Students

Legislative Updates

Senate Bill 548 has passed both chambers!

Senate Bill 548 passed the house this week with near unanimous vote! This bill directs the Department of Human Services to maintain an inventory of appropriate luggage carriers for use when transporting personal effects of foster children. Thank you to Project Never Again for your tireless efforts to create Dignity Through Duffels! A child should never be given a trash bag to carry their belongings. This was a wonderful bipartisan and bicameral effort. I am so proud to be part of this positive change for our youngest Oregonians.

Photo of SB 548 Passage Board

How to Talk to Other Parents About Guns in the Home

- from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health -

Planning a playdate? Let’s normalize asking about firearm storage in the same judgment-free way we do other potential safety issues, like allergens, pets, or whether the backyard is fenced. Asking about guns in the home can feel awkward, but it doesn’t have to be. Chances are, the other parent will be grateful you brought it up. By normalizing conversations about guns in the home and how they're stored, we can save lives and reduce injuries. Remember, talking about firearm storage is about safety, not politics.

In the United States, one in three children under the age of 18 live in a home with at least one firearm. But in only about half of these homes are all guns stored safely and securely. Between 2015 and 2022, there were over 2,800 incidents in which children unintentionally shot themselves or someone else. Nearly a third of those unintentional shooters were preschool-age. Keeping guns stored unloaded and locked in a safe separate from ammunition prevents unauthorized users (such as children) from getting access to and then getting injured by firearms in their homes. 

To learn more about safe firearm storage from the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions and how normalizing conversations around guns can keep our loved ones safe click here: https://publichealth.jhu.edu/2023/why-and-how-you-should-ask-other-parents-if-they-own-guns


Week 20 Committee Snaps

Senate Committee on Housing and Development

Informational Hearings were held on the following: 

  • Spotlighting Innovative Housing Projects - Watch here
    • Housing Insecurity Among College Students
    • Modular Homes Development - Putting the Pieces Together

Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Public Safety

Work Sessions were held on the following:

  • HB 5017: Department of Emergency Management
  • SB 900: Relating to organized retail theft
  • HB 2320: Relating to juvenile justice
  • HB 2772: Relating to domestic terrorism
  • SB 5530: Department of State Police
  • SB 348: Relating to firearms
  • SB 5504: Department of Corrections
  • HB 3059: Relating to emergency management

Joint Ways and Means Committee

The full Ways and Means Committee met this morning at 9:30. View today's agenda and watch here.

Listen. Learn. Act.

Week 20 - Oregon State Capitol Visits to #S207 (Your Senate District 15 Capitol Office)

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Top to bottom going Clockwise - Mukhtar Yusuf (SD 15 Intern), Cindy & Ian (Hillsboro Constituents), Portland City Commissioner Rene Gonzalez

Out and About in Senate District 15

Memorial Day Event

On Monday, we honored our fallen heroes that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country and our freedom. I love that my Mumsy (Navy Wave) was able to join me at Forest View Cemetery on Memorial Day.

Memorial Day Collage

Bottom Row of Photos from Left to Right: Cornelius Mayor Jeffrey Dalin, Forest Grove Mayor Malynda Wenzl, my mom, Forest Grove Councilor Mariana Valenzuela

Senate District 15 - Small Business Spotlight

Mike & Debbie's Produce

Mike and Debbie's is a family operated Fresh Market Produce Business that has been operating for over 30 years! Their farm stand has ready-picked items, and they accept bulk orders.

They have Strawberries, blueberries,Bi Color Sweet Corn, potatoes, onions, carrots, beans, beets, Lemon, Pickling and Slicing Cucumbers, Zucchini, crookneck, tomatoes, peppers, melons, apples, peaches, pears, pumpkins, Acorn, Spaghetti squash, Butternut, Delicota, Hubbard, Blue Kuri, gourds. Indian corn, straw bales and more. Stop by their stand and pick up some fresh produce!

Hours of Operation:
June - November 10AM - 5:30PM Monday - Saturday
Open Sundays 11AM - 4PM August - October
Located on 2125 NW Cornelius Schefflin Rd, Cornelius, OR 97113
Phone: (503) 359 - 4739



Community outreach

Cornelius Farmers Markets Opening Night is Today!

 - from Adelante Farmers Market

Celebrate the opening day of the 2023 Cornelius Farmers Market season with us! Live music, food demonstrations, fresh fruits and vegetables, prepared food, and more. Come to get to know your farmer and celebrate community.

Event Details:
Friday, June 2, 2023
4PM - 8PM
Behind Cornelius Public Library (1370 N Adair St, Cornelius, OR 97113)
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Hillsboro 2023 Pride Party

- from City of Hillsboro

This is a free, family-friendly community celebration during Pride month and includes a variety of vendors, live music & entertainment, food, community resources, and activities for all ages. There will be over 30 craft vendors and community partners at the event offering a variety of free educational resources and activities, along with creative items to purchase. We will also have a variety of food trucks for dining, or feel free to explore the local Orenco Station Plaza food options.

Event Details:
Saturday, June 3, 2023
12PM - 5PM
Jerry Willey Plaza at Orenco Station Plaza (946 NE Orenco Station Loop Hillsboro, OR 97124)


Pride Picture

Latino Cultural Festival - Free Admission | Open to the Public | Free Parking

- from Washington County Chamber of Commerce -

Get ready for the most exciting cultural celebration of the year! The Unitus Community Credit Union Latino Cultural Festival will be held in Hillsboro, OR, at the impressive Ron Tonkin Stadium, home of the professional baseball champions, Hillsboro Hops. During a day full of joy and fun, nearly 10,000 event attendees will explore different areas packed with entertainment, art, and Latin culture. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience Latin culture and community at its finest. 

Event Details:
Sunday, June 4, 2023
12PM - 7PM
Ron Tonkin Field (4460 NE Century Blvd, Hillsboro, OR 97124)


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Additional Resources

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

Federal Delegation Links

Education Links

Food and Housing Assistance

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