OREGONIANS WIN: Republicans and Independents Protect the Rule of Law and Parental Rights, Hold the Majority Accountable

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Some recent news regarding the denial of quorum and achievements for Oregonians!

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From Breitbart
June 18th, 2023

Oregon Republicans Crush Radical Abortion Measure, Risk Political Careers in 6-Week Walkout

Oregon Senate Republicans successfully pushed state Democrats into eliminating a portion of a proposed bill that would have allowed minors to obtain abortions without parental consent.

Democrats threw out the radical provision of HB 2002 after Republican state senators launched “the longest walkout in state history” — a six-week peaceful protest that could put the political careers of at least ten GOP lawmakers at risk under a ballot measure passed by voters last year, Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) reported.

Republicans ended their walkout on Thursday, after reaching a deal to “water down” the Democrat-led bills on abortion, guns, and several other issues.

“As a result of the deal, hammered out over hours of negotiation since last Friday, many priorities both parties put forward for this session remain achievable. And the Legislature will be able to pass a new two-year budget that contains record funding for schools, new money for mental health services and funding to help address a crisis in public defense, among many other things,” according to the report.

Senate Minority Leader Tim Knopp (R) told reporters that he thinks “the Democrat majority yielded a lot” and that “essentially…everybody got some of what they wanted, and everybody got some of what they didn’t want.”

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Press Release from Our Senate Republican Leader Knopp and Deputy Leader Findley

Date: June 15, 2023
Contact: Ashley Kuenzi

OREGONIANS WIN: Republicans and Independents Protect the Rule of Law and Parental Rights, Hold the Majority Accountable

SALEM, Ore. – Today, a quorum was reached on the Senate floor after a six-week-long peaceful, constitutional protest. This was the result of countless hours of good-faith negotiations and true bipartisanship after weeks of nothing but the contrary.

“Senate Republicans and Independents stood firm as the last line of defense for parental rights and the rule of law. I am incredibly proud of their steadfast determination to give their constituents a long-overdue seat at the table. We have said from the very beginning that we cannot allow the Senate to operate in an unlawful, uncompromising, and unconstitutional manner. We repeatedly urged Democrat leaders to put the critical needs of all Oregonians first instead of prioritizing an extreme agenda that does nothing but divide us. I am pleased to say that we were able to hold the Democrat Majority accountable and accomplish all these things. We achieved constitutional, lawful bipartisanship. And parental rights were restored,” said Senate Republican Leader Tim Knopp (R-Bend).

“Though Democrats hold a slim majority, it is critically important that the voices of all Oregonians are heard in this process. We knew the risk we were taking, but we feel our challenge to Measure 113’s constitutionality is strong. Some of our colleagues may disagree, but that is a battle for another day. Today, we are happy to deliver this win for Oregonians,” said Senator Lynn Findley (R-Vale).


Press Release from House Republican Caucus

For Immediate Release
Date: June 15, 2023
Contact: Claire Lynn
Email: Claire.Lynn@oregonlegislature.gov 

Negotiations Lead to Victory for Oregonians’ Parental Rights, Protections for Law Abiding Gun Owners, Accountability for the Majority Party

SALEM, OR – Today, after a six-week-long protest by Senate Republicans, quorum was reached on the Senate floor. This comes after weeks of negotiations and bipartisan discussions about how to benefit all Oregonians.

“Today is a victory for Oregonian’s parental rights and law-abiding gun owners. After months of being promised a bipartisan session, Democrats chose to prioritize a partisan and extreme agenda. Republicans held the line and were able to amend the worst parts of House Bill 2002 and the Democrats Omnibus Gun Bill, House Bill 2005. I appreciated working with Senate Republican Leader Tim Knopp throughout this process to ensure better outcomes for all Oregonians,” said House Republican Leader Vikki Breese-Iverson (R-Prineville). “This stalemate could have been prevented from the beginning. When both sides of the aisle communicate in good faith, extreme measures do not have to be taken. House Republicans have remained committed to advancing bipartisan budgets and legislation and will continue to do so in the remaining 10 days of the Legislative Session.”

The main points of emphasis within the framework includes the following:

  • Protects parental rights by striking large portions of House Bill 2002 and Senate Joint Resolution 33 in its entirety.
  • Defends the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners by striking large portions of House Bill 2005 and all of Senate Bill 348 and Senate Bill 393.
  • Prioritizes legislation that will:
    • Exempt small farming, ranching, and timber families from the Oregon Estate Tax. (Senate Bill 498)
    • Give impeachment power of statewide elected Executive Branch officials to the House of Representatives, and the power to try impeachments in the Senate. Oregon is currently the only state in the nation without such a procedure. (House Joint Resolution 16)
  • Ensures that bill summaries will be redrafted to comply with House Rules, Senate Rules, Oregon statute, and the Oregon Constitution.


In Other News: Concerning the Private Information of Oregonians

Massive hack of Oregon DMV system puts estimated 3.5 million driver license and ID card info at risk, officials say

Resources for residents in the article below.

The Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services confirmed Thursday that an estimated 3.5 million driver’s license and identification card files were compromised when the agency was hacked two weeks ago.

Agency spokesperson Michelle Godfrey said Thursday that the agency realized on Monday — four days ago — that the breach had extended to about 90% of the state’s driver’s license and ID card files.

The Oregonian/OregonLive first made inquiries about the security breach on Wednesday; DMV officials took nearly a day to respond with answers. Godfrey said the agency planned to wait until Friday to go public because officials are still preparing agency employees for how to respond to Oregonians’ questions and concerns about how to protect themselves.

Godfrey said state officials “became aware” on June 1 that the agency’s system had been hacked. Two hours later, the systems were “locked down,” she said.

“But we didn’t have any information about what data may have been affected at that time,” she said. “It’s taken days of analysis” to determine that the hack compromised the state’s driver license and ID records.

“That took it to a whole new level,” she said.

After the news organization’s inquiry, the Department of Transportation issued a press release saying the agency was among “many organizations” affected by the breach as a result of a “global hack of the data transfer software MOVEit Transfer.”

Chief Information Officer Thomas Amato said the agency delayed informing the public out of security concerns and because “we have been trying to put in place things to prepare Oregonians for this announcement.”

He said the state didn’t want to reveal “too much evidence to the actual threat actors who could use our verification of their attack as leverage, and also to be able to prepare the kinds of resources to present it to the people of Oregon.”

“I think for security purposes, we’re not going to discuss exactly what data points were potentially included in that file,” said Amato. “What we’re saying is if you have a Oregon driver’s license ID permit driver’s permit, you can assume that that data associated with that credential has been compromised.”

The agency has used the popular file sharing tool since 2015. On June 1, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued “a zero-day vulnerability alert” that said the software had a “vulnerability which could allow an attacker to ‘take over an affected system.’”

A third-party security specialist determined that multiple files had been “accessed by unauthorized actors” before the agency received the official alert.

“We do not have the ability to identify if any specific individual’s data has been breached,” the agency said in a statement. “Individuals who have an active Oregon ID or driver’s license should assume information related to that ID is part of this breach.”

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/. Additionally, you may wish to ask each of the three credit monitoring agencies to freeze your credit files. Equifax: equifax.com/personal/credit-report-services or 1-800-685-1111; Experian: experian.com/help or 1-888-397-3742; TransUnion: transunion.com/credit-help or 1-888-909-8872.

For additional information, the agency suggests emailing AskODOT@odot.oregon.gov.

Massive hack of Oregon DMV system puts estimated 3.5 million driver license and ID card info at risk, officials say - oregonlive.com



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David Brock Smith

Senator David Brock Smith

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