Your Guide to November Legislative Days

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope you all had a safe and wonderful Halloween! For those who celebrate Día de Muertos, I hope you have the opportunity to gather with family to honor your ancestors. It's also time for the annual Fall tradition of changing our clocks! This November 5th is the end of Daylight Saving Time so remember to turn your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.

Given the very difficult realities in our world right now, especially for our Jewish and Muslim friends and neighbors, this week I am using the introduction in my newsletter to remind you all of an important resource: the Hate Crimes and Bias Incidents Hotline at 1-844-924-BIAS (2427). Hate crimes and bias incidents have been on the rise, both in Oregon and nationally. It is up to all Oregonians to make sure that everyone is safe in their community. If you have been the victim of or witness to a bias crime, the victim-centered Bias Response Hotline is here to help you understand your options, make choices about next steps, and receive support in the aftermath of experiencing or witnessing bias. When you call the Bias Response Hotline, you will be connected with trauma-informed hotline advocates who are trained in crisis intervention and can provide bias response advocacy, including assistance in reporting a bias crime to law enforcement. The Oregon Hate and Bias Hotline can be reached at 1-844-924-BIAS (2427) from 9am – 5pm Monday through Friday, or online at

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Next week we have November Legislative Days at the Capitol and you can read more about my committee meetings during Legislative Days in the "Legislative Updates" section of this newsletter. I will also include a full review of Legislative Days in next week's newsletter. In this newsletter, you will also find:

  • Information on the upcoming Bi-State Legislative Committee meeting on the I-5 Bridge
  • Community Outreach highlights, including my tour of a hydrogen-powered bus and a roundtable discussion about Hall Boulevard in Tigard
  • Upcoming engagement opportunities provided by our local school districts
  • How to apply for Employment Related Day Care before the deadline
  • Access to the AgriStress Helpline for Farmers struggling with depressive thoughts


Senator Manning, Rep. Sosa, Nona Scott, and I attended a lovely fundraising dinner last Friday night:

Rep. McLain, Senator Manning and Rep. Sosa


During the month of November, we celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month also known as Native American Heritage Month. It is important for us to honor and celebrate the culture and the contributions of those who were the first inhabitants of the United States. Oregon is home to nine federally-recognized Native tribes. To learn more about the Indigenous history in Oregon please visit here

The Kalapuya and Atfalati tribes were the First People in Western Washington County. There is a rich and thriving Native community in our area.  Support our local Native American communities this month and throughout the year. 

To read more about Native American Heritage Month nationally, visit the Federal page here.  For more ideas on how to support the Indigenous Community, visit here

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SECTION HEADER: Legislative Updates




What Are Legislative Days?

In the Oregon Legislature, Legislative Days are a time when committees hold informational hearings on a variety of topics, but do not vote on policy or pass legislation. Topics can often be ones that may lead to legislation in upcoming sessions or committees may hear updates on previous bill implementations.  Many committees will hear reports from state agencies and Task Forces or consider testimony regarding current subject areas affecting Oregonians.

Legislative Days Committee Meetings Schedule and Agendas

Below are my interim committees that are meeting during Legislative Days. I've included the topics we'll be covering and if you click on the date, it will take you to a page where you can watch the hearings either live or recorded. I will also provide a thorough review in my newsletter after Legislative Days. 


Joint Committee On Transportation

11/8/2023 2:30 PM

  • ODOT – Update on System Maintenance & Preservation and Status of Projects
  • Update from Transportation Subcommittee
  • Update from Utilities/Counties Work Group
    Sen. Lynn Findley
    Sen. Chris Gorsek
  • Understanding Zero-Emission Vehicle Realities
    Rebecca Brewster, American Transportation Research Institute
  • DMV Customer Service
    Amy Joyce, Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division Administrator, ODOT
  • Newberg-Dundee Bypass Project
    Susan Sokol Blosser, Founder, Sokol Blosser Winery
    Remy Drabkin, Mayor, City of McMinville
    Denise Harvey, Tribal Councilor, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
    Bruce Starr, Dundee City Councilor


Joint Interim Committee On Ways and Means  

11/8/2023 8:30 AM

  • Approval of Consent Grants 


House Interim Committee On Agriculture, Land Use, Natural Resources, and Water

11/7/2023 2:30 PM

  • Tree Mortality Related to Disease and Pest Impacts
    Josh Barnard, Division Chief, Forest Resources Division, Oregon Department of Forestry
    Christine Buhl, Forest Entomologist, Oregon Department of Forestry
  • Agricultural Heritage Program
    Kelley Beamer, Executive Director, Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts
    Stephanie Page, Deputy Director, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
    Natasha Bellis, Conservation Director, Deschutes Land Trust
    Sarahlee Lawrence, Rainshadow Organics, grant recipient
    Jim Wood, rancher, grant recipient
  • Oregon Water Resources Department Groundwater Allocation Process Updates
    Doug Woodcock, Acting Director, Oregon Water Resources Department
    Annette Liebe, Technical Services Division Administrator, Oregon Water Resources Department
    Justin Iverson, Groundwater Section Manager, Oregon Water Resources Department
    TBD, Klamath Tribes
    Chris Marks, Water Policy Analyst, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation,
    Deptartment of Natural Resources
    Lauren Poor, Vice President, Government & Legal Affairs, Oregon Farm Bureau
    TBD, Oregon Association of Nurseries
    Zach Freed, Oregon Water Strategy Director, The Nature Conservancy
    Lisa Brown, Staff Attorney, WaterWatch
    Karen Lewotsky, Rural Partnerships & Water Policy Director, Oregon Environmental Council
    Kate Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, Deschutes River Conservancy
    Laurie O’Connor, domestic well user
    Mike Buettner, Utilities Director, City of Bend & Chair, Central Oregon Cities' Organization,
    Water Subcommittee
    Mark Landauer, Lobbyist, Special Districts Association of Oregon


Joint Interim Committee On Ways and Means Subcommittee On Education 

11/7/2023 8:30 AM

  • Department of Early Learning and Care - Employment Related Day Care Update

SECTION HEADER: I-5 Bridge Update



This Friday, I will be chairing the next meeting of the Bi-State Legislative Committee, which is a joint meeting between the Oregon and Washington Legislative Committees tasked with working out the details on replacing the I-5 Bridge.

History of the Committees:

The Washington State Legislature established a joint committee with the authorization of Washington State SSB 5806. The committee was named the Joint Oregon-Washington Legislative Action CommitteeOpens. The bill invited the Oregon Legislature to participate, at which point Oregon formed the Joint Committee on the Interstate 5 Bridge, of which I am a Co-Chair. The combined committees, referred to as the Bi-State Legislative Committee, comprises 16 members, eight from each state.  

Ongoing bi-state legislative involvement is essential to successfully complete the planning and design process and move to construction. Direction from the bi-state legislative committee members is shaping program work by providing the initial framework and guidance on the approach to developing key program decisions, reviewing and providing feedback on progress and evaluating outcomes. Information on our next meeting can be found below. Click on the date to watch the meeting live or recorded:


Joint Interim Committee On The Interstate 5 Bridge

11/3/2023 9:00 AM

NOTE - this is a joint meeting with the Washington State Legislature’s Joint Legislative
Action Committee Regarding the Construction of a New Interstate 5 Bridge:
  • Program Updates
  • Addressing question from previous meeting
  • Design Process Update
  • Next Steps
  • Public Hearing

How to Submit Public Comment

  • Testifiers will have two minutes
  • Testimony will be taken for a maximum of 30 minutes
  • Testimony on topics not related to the agenda, or those signed in but unable to testify because of time limitations, may be submitted in writing to
  • Submit written public comment:
    • Email: (please specify agenda topic in subject line)
    • Mail: Joint Interim Committee on the Interstate 5 Bridge - 900 Court Street NE, Room 453, Salem, OR, 97301
    • Written testimony may be submitted up to 24 hours after the meeting start time.
  • Register to give public comment during meeting:
SECTION HEADER: Community Outreach



Last week, I had the privilege of speaking to some outstanding students who are members of Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs), such as Future Business Leaders of America. CTSOs provide excellent opportunities in our schools to enhance student learning by delivering contextual instruction and offering leadership training, personal development, and applied learning. They assist in guiding students in developing a career path and providing opportunities to gain the skills and abilities needed to be successful in those careers. Thank you to the students who participated in today's event and to all the teachers and advisors who make these wonderful opportunities possible for our students.

Meeting with students




Yesterday, I had an amazing tour of TriMet's new Hydrogen Bus! TriMet's goal is to have a 100% zero-emission bus fleet by 2040 and it was very exciting to see the progress they have made towards that goal! 

Public transit has always been good for our environment. It provides an alternative to driving, which reduces emissions. Even with standard diesel buses, transit in the U.S. saves more than six times as much carbon dioxide equivalent as it emits.

As part of their commitment to make our region a better place to live, TriMet is ditching diesel and working towards a zero-emissions bus fleet by 2040. Since 2022, they’ve been using renewable diesel for all fixed-route buses and WES vehicles. These changes reduced their emissions by nearly 70% compared to the traditional diesel they were using.

TriMet will continue using renewable diesel while they retire older buses and purchase new zero-emissions buses. They're well on their way though: They started with five battery electric buses in 2019 and added five more in 2021. And their first bulk purchase of 24 battery electric buses starts arriving in early 2024.

They are starting their transition with battery electric buses, which are currently in service on several routes, and they will continue buying battery electric buses while they explore the potential for fuel-cell electric buses, which use hydrogen to generate electricity on board instead of storing it in large banks of batteries.

As I learned yesterday, both types of buses use electric motors, but fuel-cell electric buses have a much longer range because the batteries are continuously recharging. The fuel-cell electric buses will be fueled with “green” hydrogen, meaning it’s produced with electricity from renewable sources like wind, solar or hydropower. Based on trends in the industry, TriMet expects affordable, green hydrogen to be widely available locally within the next 5-10 years.

Hydrogen Bus Tour




Thank you to Representative Ben Bowman for organizing a tour and roundtable discussion on the critical safety issues surrounding Hall Boulevard in Tigard. I joined several other Legislators, the Mayor of Tigard, and ODOT Director Kris Strickler on Monday for a roundtable discussion on the jurisdictional transfer of Hall Boulevard and how to address safety concerns. Hall is a state highway that no longer functions as a fast-moving throughway. Instead, it serves as a main street and community corridor connecting people with destinations, transit, schools, businesses, homes, parks, and other amenities, and needs upgrades to better serve those functions. I look forward to continuing work that began last Legislative Session to ensure that Hall can serve the people of Tigard and all of Washington County in a way that promotes safety and functionality. 

Hall BLVD Tour and Discussion
SECTION HEADER: Washington County



HSD’s Black Village Family Advisory Committee invites you to a College Workshop from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2 at Century High School.

Seminario sobre Universidades del Comité Consultivo de Involucramiento Familiar Black Village

El Comité Consultivo de Involucramiento Familiar Black Village de HSD lo invita a un seminario informativo sobre universidades ( el jueves, 2 de noviembre de 5:30 p.m. a 7:30 p.m. en la Escuela Preparatoria Century.

Black Village Event in Hillsboro




HSD will hold its annual Disability Resource Fair from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2 in the Administration Center. All families and staff in the Special Education program are invited to join us to learn more about the services available from our amazing community partners.

Feria de Recursos para Personas con Discapacidades

HSD llevará a cabo su Feria Anual de Recursos para Personas con Discapacidades ( el jueves, 2 de noviembre de 4:30 p.m. a 7:00 p.m. en el Centro Administrativo. Todas las familias y los miembros del personal del Programa de Educación Especial están invitados a acompañarnos para obtener información sobre los servicios disponibles de nuestros increíbles socios comunitarios.

Disability Fair Flyer




Want to learn more about the interworking of the district? Then you're in luck. The district has three open positions for the District Budget Committee. Come join the committee and learn more about the budget process and become familiar with the operations of the district. For more details and to apply, please visit the district website:

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Apply by November 3 for Employment Related Day Care 

Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) helps families who are working, getting TANF, or in school pay for child care. If you think you might qualify for ERDC, learn more by visiting and apply by 11:59 p.m. on November 3, 2023. You can apply for ERDC at, by visiting or calling your local DHS office, or by dialing 1-800-699-9075.

ERDC will close enrollment and open a waitlist after November 3, 2023 because of increased demand and limited funding. If you are getting ERDC now, the waitlist will not affect you. You will continue to receive benefits.

For more information: English | 繁體中文 / Chinese (Traditional) | Русский / Russian  | Español / Spanish | Tiếng Việt / Vietnamese

ERDC Flyers
SECTION HEADER: Health Information



New Mental Health Line for Farmers and Ranchers: Call or Text 833-987-2474

Did you know the rate of suicide among farmers is 3.5 times higher than the national average?

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) launched the AgriStress Helpline, a free confidential crisis and mental health resource to support farmers, farm workers, rachers, fisherman, foresters, and their families.

People can call the AgriStress Helpline when they are in a crisis, need resources, are concerned about a loved one or just need someone to talk to. The helpline’s crisis specialists understand the culture, values, stressors and lived experiences of agriculture, forestry and fishing workers. They can also offer local mental health resources specific to these industries.

The Oregon AgriStress Helpline is available 24/7. If you or someone you love is struggling, call or text (833) 987-2474. The phone line can be accessed in up to 160 languages with the help of interpreters, and the text line offers English, Spanish and Vietnamese.




Now is the perfect time for people of all ages to get their annual flu shot. Along with COVID-19 vaccines, the flu shot can help protect you from severe illness throughout the flu season. In Oregon, the flu season generally runs from October through April.

To find a flu vaccine near you, visit




Beginning September 25, every U.S. household can again place an order to receive four more free COVID-19 rapid tests delivered directly to their home. Before You Throw Out "Expired" Tests: Check FDA's website to see if your COVID-19 tests' expiration dates have been extended.

Get your covid test

Need help placing an order for your at-⁠home tests?
Call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489).


SECTION HEADER: Important Resources

My office has compiled a list of resources for our community. You can click on the images below to open a document with the relevant links. If you know of a resource that should be included here, or you need a resource and are having trouble finding the information you need, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office at


Education-related resources


Click here, or on the image to the right for a list of Education-related resources. This includes links to the Forest Grove and Hillsboro School Districts, the Oregon and US Departments of Education, information on how to pay for college, student lunch programs, and much more!


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Click hereor on the image to the right for important resources related to wildfire prevention and recovery. This list includes links to current fire restrictions and recreation site status maps, the Oregon Department of Forestry's fire prevention tip page, and important resources for wildfire victims. 


Resources for Veterans


Click here, or on the image to the right for a list of important resources for Veterans, including links and phone numbers to the various divisions of the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs, local Washington County assistance, supportive and community-based groups like the American Legion, and mental health resources.  


State and Local Government Links


Click here, or on the image to the right for links to important local and state government pages, including the Hillsboro, Forest Grove, and Cornelius city government pages. You can also access the Oregon Legislature's page, and other important state agency sites, like the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Unemployment Department, and the Oregon Health Authority.

Important Resources


Fall in WashCo


Yours truly,

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Representative Susan McLain
House District 29

email: I phone: 503-986-1429
address: 900 Court St NE, H-376, Salem, OR 97301