6/16/23 Senate District 15 Newsletter

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Senator Janeen Sollman

Friends and Neighbors, 

Yesterday's agreement to return a quorum to the Senate Floor is a win for the people of Oregon. Democrats fought for and protected our shared Oregon priorities and values, including defending the rights we once had under Roe v. Wade, saving urgent, bipartisan priorities, and sustaining the overwhelmingly voter-approved consequences for walkouts. Now, we’re going to finish the work and end this session.

Despite facing significant obstacles, we remain resolute in our determination to serve the best interests of our state. I was elected and entrusted by Oregonians to work diligently on your behalf, and I have honored that responsibility by showing up to work to focus on our shared values and priorities. Our work this legislative session to negotiate with the Republican’s to return to work, has saved hundreds of urgent bills and budgets that will make life better for every community across Oregon.


Our lucky superstar visitor - Joyce Ngirengchui; Rep McLain and I on the Senate Floor

HB 2002: HB 2002 defends the rights we had before Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court of the United States. Oregonians still have the right to make their own decisions about their own bodies in consultation with their health care providers, not politicians or the government. This is a core belief that I share as well.

HB 2002 Votes

HB 2002 C - Vote Count; Green=Yes, Red=No, Yellow-Excused Absence White=Unexcused Absence

HB 2005: We are going to make significant progress on preventing gun violence this session.
The amended bill is going to ban untraceable ghost guns and establish a workgroup to study
steps we can take to reduce gun violence and suicides. I have volunteered to be part of that workgroup. If Measure 114 is deemed constitutional by the courts, we are also committing $7 million to Oregon State Police to help with background checks and we also have an agreement from Republicans that they will not walk out in 2024 over legislation to implement Measure 114. Please see my comments on the press release below.

HB 2005 Vote CountCollage

Rep McLain, Rep Chaichi, Senator Patterson, Senator Campos, Rep Reynolds, House Majority Leader Fahey

press release
Press release scrrenshot

Senate Majority Office Press Rlease on the passage of HB 2005

Week 21 Committee Snaps

Joint Ways and Means Committee

The full Ways and Means Committee met on Monday morning. View the agenda and watch at the link below: 

Semiconductor Updates

Representative Nancy Nathanson, and Senator Mark Meek are the Co-Chairs of the Joint Committee on Tax Expenditures. The committee has been working hard on HB 2009 which establishes an income and corporate excise tax credit allowed for qualified research activities related to semiconductor or other advanced manufacturing industries. This bill also includes extensions to the Strategic Investment Program (SIP) and Gain Share and makes changes to Oregon's Enterprise Zones. These are proven tools that have worked for Oregon. Enterprise Zones have a 29 to 1 return on investment for our state. These companies provide high-income job opportunities for Oregonians. The competition is fierce and companies have more and more options to relocate. The passage of this bill would help complete the work we did this session surrounding the Oregon CHIPS Act, and will support Oregon's Semiconductor and Advanced Manufacturing ecosystem. 

Picture with Rep Nathanson

Representative Nathanson and I

Recycling Updates

The Department of Environmental Quality has extended the public comment period to July 28, 2023 for proposed permanent rule changes to implement the requirements of the Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization Act of 2021.

Proposal summary

DEQ is proposing rules to clarify and implement the Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization Act of 2021. The Act requires producers of packaging, paper products and food service ware to support and expand recycling services in Oregon for their products. This is the first of two anticipated rulemakings related to the Act. For this first rulemaking, DEQ is proposing rules related to topics including producer responsibility program plan content; DEQ's administrative fees; the funding and reimbursement of local governments for eligible recycling-related expenses; and the materials suitable for recycling collection in Oregon.

Additional information

The proposal is online at: Recycling Updates 2023.

The Web page includes the Notice of Rulemaking and Draft Rules. 

DEQ will hold two public hearings on the proposed rule amendments as follows:

  • 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 27, 2023
  • 5 p.m., Thursday, June 29, 2023

The comment period closes at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6, 2023. DEQ plans to take the final proposal, including any modifications made in response to public comments, to the Environmental Quality Commission for decision at its November, 2023 meeting.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Roxann Nayar, 503-348-8904.

News - Oregon DMV Hack

Oregon DMV hack: What to do if you might be affectedThe Oregonian

As part of a global technology hack that affected many organizations across the world who use the MOVEit transfer software tool, ODOT-DMV was victim of a malicious attack that enabled unauthorized access to files transferred between DMV and other partner agencies. This hack affected more than 2,000 organizations worldwide and included nearly 3,000 ODOT files. During this broad-based attack some DMV data was copied and taken while DMV was sending it through that software.

Individuals who have an active credential (license, permit, ID card) should assume information related to that credential is part of the breach.

ODOT-DMV has taken steps to secure their servers and prepare to notify folks who have been affected. If you think you may have been affected, here are some resources that can be of help:

  • ODOT-DMV recommends Oregonians regularly check their credit and consider freezing their credit.
    • Under federal law, you have the right to receive, at your request, a free copy of your credit report every 12 months from each of the three consumer credit reporting companies. A credit report can provide information about those who have received your credit history. You may request a free credit report online at www.annualcreditreport.com or by telephone at 1-877-322-8228.
    • When you receive your credit reports, check for any transactions or accounts that you do not recognize. If you see anything you do not understand, call the telephone number listed on the credit report or visit the Federal Trade Commission’s Web site on identity theft at http://www.consumer.gov/idtheft/.
  • Contact information for the three major credit monitoring agencies
  • Additional questions can be directed to AskODOT@odot.oregon.gov

Out and About in Senate District 15

Liberty High School Graduation

Congratulations Liberty High School Class of 2023! It was a beautiful night of family pride, student happiness, staff excitement, school board honor and community cheer! 🎓

Photo Collage of HS graduation

Oregon Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Salem

Collage of photos from event

Senate District 15 - Small Business Spotlight

- Information from Ritual Hair Design website -

Hair stylist

Ritual Hair Design has been a locally owned upscale salon in the Hillsboro area for over 19 years. The salon is recognized as a high end, full service hair salon specializing in innovative hair color techniques, and cutting styles.

Lyn, the Owner and Master Stylist of Ritual Hair Design since 2017, has over two decades of experience as an international hair stylist. She trained in Australia and worked for a master stylist who was a judge in the Miss Universe pageant. Her specialties are creative haircutting and coloring, styling, and hair textures – women's, men's, young and old. Lyn strives to foster an environment of trust in her salon, and always wants her clients to be looking and feeling their best. 

Ritual Hair Design is known and committed for their long-lasting connections with their clients, as well as developing new relationships with each new client. Check out their website to learn more and book an appointment!

You can also reach the salon at (503) 533-9785 or stop by 2020 NE Aloclek Dr Ste 101, Hillsboro, OR 97124.

Community Highlight

- From Centro Cultural -

$200,000 Grant Will Revitalize the Centro Mercado Storefront

Centro Photo

We’re thrilled that our Centro Mercado free food pantry is receiving $200,000 in grant funds from the Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant. Our grant proposal is one of 27 grants awarded throughout the state, and funding will go towards renovating the Mercado storefront, adding new windows, ADA features and reinforcing the structure of the historic building. Earliest records of the Mercado building date back to 1907.

The Centro Mercado distributes 30,000 lbs of food every month. In the summertime the Mercado is a hub for the delivery of essential goods like hygiene and clothes to Washington County migrant camps.

The remodel will bring a massive benefit not only to the City of Cornelius but to Washington County as a whole. In 2022 over 40,000 individuals came to the Centro Mercado to collect food and goods from the Mercado. These renovations will help create a safer pantry experience and continue to offer community members a place to collect culturally specific food with dignity, while also restoring the historic value of the building we acquired a few years ago. Centro’s free food market is open to anyone in the community—no requirements, no appointment needed.

For more information visit: Centro Cultural- El Centro Mercado

Community Outreach

Juneteenth Celebration in Hillsboro

- From Washington County Chamber of Commerce -


Date: June 17, 2023, 12:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Location: Jerry Willey Plaza, 943 NE Orenco Station Loop, Hillsboro, OR 97124

Free Admission | Open to the Public

Juneteenth, officially called Juneteenth National Independence Day, is a federal holiday celebrating the emancipation of four million enslaved African Americans. Observed annually on June 19th, the celebration originated in Galveston, Texas, when Union soldiers arrived on June 19, 1865, and Galveston’s residents finally learned that slavery had been abolished. The following year, on June 19, the first official Juneteenth celebration took place in Texas. Festivities throughout the United States typically included prayer and religious services, speeches, educational events, family gatherings and picnics, and festivals with music, food, and dancing.

Black pioneers in Oregon annually celebrated Grand Emancipation Day on January 1st in Oregon as early as 1863. Clara People, a Kaiser shipyard worker, brought the Juneteenth tradition to Oregon in 1945. Building on those legacies, the Black Advisory Business Council, in collaboration with other community groups, will celebrate Juneteenth 2023 on Saturday, June 17th. The Juneteenth celebration will include food, music, speakers, and Black-owned business vendors.

Find more information here.

Summer STEAM spots still open at Centro 

- From Centro Newsletter -

Photo from Centro

Centros Summer STEAM program recruiting middle school and high school students interested in learning more about science, technology, engineering, arts, math, and having fun this Summer! 

The program runs from July 17 to  August 10, Mondays through Thursdays. Summer STEAM reinforces what youth learn in schools, while providing fun opportunities to explore new and exciting subjects like robotics and coding.

If your students are interested in participating, call to register TODAY at (503) 359-0446.

OBI's Coolest Thing Made in Oregon Contest

- From Oregon Business & Industry -

What’s the coolest thing made in Oregon? Help us find out!


Oregon Business & Industry, in partnership with Here is Oregon, has launched the annual Coolest Thing Made in Oregon competition to celebrate the state’s vibrant and innovative manufacturing sector.

We need your help to find the coolest makers and manufacturers throughout the state. Developing a list of finalists won’t be easy. Oregon’s manufacturing sector employs more than 214,000 people and contributes $33 billion annually to the state’s gross domestic product, according to a 2022 ECONorthwest study funded by OBI. You don’t get numbers like this without manufacturing a lot of things, in terms of both volume and variety.

Nominations will be accepted until Aug. 15. In September, a panel of judges will publish a Coolest Thing Made in Oregon bracket featuring 16 of the nominated products. From there, we’ll need your help to narrow the field in a series of votes until one product earns the title of “Coolest Thing Made in Oregon.”

Click Here To Nominate A Product 

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