7/28/23 Senate District 15 Newsletter

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Senator Janeen Sollman

Friends and Neighbors,

Upcoming Events

Virtual Community Conversation

Join Team #SD15 on Tuesday, August 8th from 4:00-5:00pm for a Community Conversation. This is an opportunity to bring your questions and concerns and join the discussion. Register to attend here. I look forward to seeing you!

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Constituent Office Hours

Friday, August 18th, I will hold Constituent Office Hours at the Zesti Food Carts in Forest Grove from 11:00am to 12:30pm. Sign up for a 15 minute meeting time at this link here. If all time slots are full, stay tuned! We will continue to hold office hours throughout the Summer and Fall.

Legislative Updates

Major Wins on Housing and Homelessness for All Oregon Communities

Governor signs new laws that address the root causes of homelessness and work fast to build more affordable housing

July 27, 2023

SALEM, Ore - Joined by legislators who championed affordable housing and homelessness solutions during the 2023 Legislative Session, Governor Tina Kotek signed into law House Bill 3395Senate Bill 611, House Bill 3042, and Senate Bill 5511. These new laws address the root causes of homelessness and work fast to build more affordable housing. 

“Our commitment to fixing the homelessness and affordable housing crisis isn’t just talk – this budget demonstrates our commitment to making real progress. These investments are going to create change that Oregonians will see and feel in their day-to-day lives,” said Senator Janeen Sollman (D - Hillsboro), member of the Senate Committee on Housing and Development.

Read the full Press Release here.

Housing Bills Graphic

We also received some more good news: The bipartisan Affordable Housing & Emergency Homelessness Response Act that we passed in March continues to make a positive impact across the state. This month, over 40 community organizations received funding to support youth experiencing homelessness. 

These investments will help some of Oregon’s most vulnerable youth and families by connecting them with rental assistance, shelter facilities, outreach, culturally-specific services, mental health and substance abuse services, transitional support, and more.

The organizations that received funding span across the entire state and from our local area include Boys and Girls Aid and Home Plate Youth Services of Beaverton/Hillsboro.

Legislative Policy and Research Office (LPRO) 2023 Legislative Summary Reports

Shared from the Legislative Policy and Research Office (LPRO)

The Legislative Policy and Research Office (LPRO) 2023 legislative summary reports are now available online. The 15 individual reports are organized by policy areas (see below) and highlight policy measures that received a public hearing in a policy committee in session.

LPRO’s Summary of Legislation web page can be found here and is linked on the home page for LPRO: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/lpro. The Summary of Legislation page is set up for browsing by policy topic, checking out full summaries of legislation available by year, or searching for past summaries. You can also click on the policy areas below to read the new legislative summary reports.

Our team has also published a new product, called a Storymap, which is designed to introduce members of the public to the Oregon Legislative Assembly. It includes information about the structure of the Legislative Assembly, an overview of legislative service agencies and commissions, legislative schedules and procedures, and how an idea becomes law.

Summary of Legislation – Legislative Summary Reports (2023) – Policy Areas

Behavioral Health & Health Care

Business & Consumer Protection

Civil Law


Criminal Justice

Education & Early Childhood

Emergency Preparedness

Energy & Environment

General Government & Elections

Housing, Development, & Homelessness

Human Services

Labor and Employment

Natural Resources

Transportation & Infrastructure


In September, LPRO will release our second publication in the series: Legislative Summary Briefs. These briefs will highlight substantive changes to Oregon’s policy landscape based on measures considered during the 2023 legislative session.

Paid Leave Oregon applications start Aug. 14; benefits begin Sept. 3

Shared from the Oregon Employment Department

SALEM – Employees who need to take time off for important life events can apply for benefits for Paid Leave Oregon starting Aug. 14, 2023.

Paid Leave Oregon covers paid family leave, medical leave, and safe leave for working Oregonians. Employees can apply for the following reasons: 

  • To care for themselves or members of their family during the birth of a child, or to bond with a child after birth, adoption, or placement of a child in their home through foster care
  • To care for themselves during a serious health condition
  • To care for a family member when they have a serious health condition
  • If they or their child experience sexual assault, domestic violence, harassment, or stalking
  • To apply for leave, employees will use the Oregon Employment Department’s (OED) new online system called Frances Online.

Detailed information for employees, including eligibility requirements, tutorial videos, a benefits calculator, and much more, will be available on the Paid Leave website on Aug. 14. Employees can now go to the employee overview page and find many resources, including a guidebook.

Read the full press release here.

Senate District 15 Small Business Highlight

Hillsboro Pharmacy and Fountain

Shared from the Hillsboro Pharmacy and Fountain

Hillsboro Pharmacy — An Award Winning Business!

Welcome to Hillsboro Pharmacy and Fountain, a hometown business that has been serving residents of the greater Hillsboro area for more than a century. Founded in 1873 by Dr. F.A. Bailey, the Hillsboro Pharmacy offers old-fashioned service combined with up-to-date medications and merchandise for every need and budget. In 2018, Hillsboro Pharmacy was voted the best pharmacy in the area by the Readers of Hillsboro Tribune. This prestigious award is given annually to a business that offers the ultimate in community involvement while providing its customers with fast, friendly service and quality products.

Soda Fountain

Hillsboro Pharmacy

The soda fountain at Hillsboro Pharmacy has been a popular gathering place since the 1890's, and it's still a great place to stop for a tasty meal, a quick snack or a frosty shake. The food and beverages are top notch, and surprisingly affordable, too! You can see your food being prepared while you visit with your friends, family and our friendly staff.

We take pride in keeping our facility sparkling clean and safe for our customers. This meticulous attention to detail has resulted in four perfect scores from the Washington County Health Department during the past several years. The grill is open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. In addition, you can enjoy cold sandwiches and fountain treats any time of day until closing.

Find more information about the Hillsboro Pharmacy and Fountain here.

Out and About - Representing Senate District 15

Analog Devices, Inc. - Beaverton Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

I was thrilled to share remarks at Analog Devices, Inc. as they celebrated a critical milestone in their more than $1 billion investment to expand their semiconductor wafer fab in Beaverton, Oregon on July 26th. The expansion is expected to create hundreds of new, long-term employment opportunities and nearly double internal production capacity, enhance the resiliency of ADI’s global hybrid model, and boost domestic manufacturing consistent with the vision of the CHIPS Act. It will also support factory growth by leveraging the knowledge and talent of ADI’s existing workforce, while tapping into the strong talent pool in Oregon.

This huge investment is a win for #OregonChips!

ADI Pictures

Washington County Fair

The Washington County Fair is Big Fair Fun in Hillsboro! I enjoyed going to the Fair this past weekend and seeing the animals, visiting with fellow Washington County Democrats, and having a special dairy treat from the Washington County Dairy Women's booth- which is always a popular spot! It was fun to experience the fair through my grandson’s eyes and to see a former office intern. The Washington County Fair is occurring now through July 30th. Visit www.BigFairFun.com/ for more information and events schedule.

Fair Pics

OSCI (Oregon State Correctional Institution) 2023 Recovery Pow-Wow

This past weekend I had the honor of attending OSCI’s 2023 Annual Resilience Pow Wow! When we first entered the gathering area, one of the adults in custody was going around smudging people as they came in. Smudging is a ritual used to clear people and places of negative energy and involved the burning of sacred herbs. The gathering was then opened with a grand entry of flags by adults in custody, some of whom wore their traditional regalia. The Pow Wow was celebrated with prayers, drumming, and dancing. Legislative Aide, Maria Gomez and I even got to enjoy some wonderful traditional foods such as bison, salmon, and fry bread, all of which were made by the AIC themselves (and Representative Tawna Sanchez). This was such a memorable event, and I cannot wait for their next Pow Wow! My hope is that their children will be able to take part in next year’s event as well. See below for further information shared from the OSCI Recovery Pow-Wow.

The Many Nations Culture Club (MNCC), The Native Circle, Religious Services, Recreation Dept., and OSCI welcome you to our 2023 Recovery Pow-wow. We continuously seek partnerships to promote equity, decolonization, healing, inclusion, reduction of recidivism, and recovery lifestyles.

The Many Nations Club at OSCI is committed to serving the values of recovery, equity, inclusion, autonomy, decolonization, cultural revitalization, racial reconciliation, healing, education, capacity building, and spirituality.

Club projects must meet two qualifications:

  1. Promote autonomy in the inmate population.
  2. Promote the deconstruction of prisons.

This year's events have been made possible through professional relationships between Club Representatives, OSCI's Freedom & Recovery Program (SUD Treatment), State of Oregon Elected Officials, Tribal Governments, Community Partners, OSCI Administration, OSCI Security, OSCI Religious Services, and the guidance of OSCI's Indigenous prisoners.

To partner with the club please contact:

Many Nations Club

OSCI Rec. Dept.

3405 Deer Park Dr.

Salem, OR 97310

OSCI Pow Wow

Summertime Fun at the Hops, Farmers Market and More

Photo Collage

Community Outreach

National Night Out - Tuesday, August 1st

- Shared from City of Cornelius Facebook -

National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1st at Harleman Park! National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. Come join us, the City of Cornelius, and WCSO for a night of food, games, and fun.


Help choose the new mural at M&M Marketplace!

Shared from the City of Hillsboro Facebook

This large community mural will be located on the front facade of the marketplace, at the main entrance facing Walnut Street.

It will serve as a welcoming point for visitors and display the vibrancy of the activities of M&M Marketplace.

See the final mural options and share your feedback: https://engage.hillsboro-oregon.gov/marketplacemural

Mural graphic

Additional Resources

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