11/10/2023 Senate District 15 Newsletter

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Senator Janeen Sollman

Friends and Neighbors,

Legislative Updates

November Legislative Days

November Legislative Days occurred this week at the Capitol in Salem. Team SD 15 was busy prepping bills for drafting, learning about what will be coming forward in the 2024 Legislative Session, and meeting with constituents and stakeholders. See the list of topics heard in my committees this week below, and click on the links to watch the playback.

Senate Interim Committee on Housing and Development (Member)

Informational Meetings were held on the following:

  • Statewide Eviction Landscape
  • Joint Task Force on Addressing Racial Disparity in Homeownership Recommendations
  • Oregon’s Statewide Planning Goal 10 and the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB)
  • Land Availability within the Faith Communities

Watch the committee meeting here.

Senate Interim Committee on Energy and Environment (Chair)

Informational Meetings were held on the following:

  • Denmark's GreenLab and Circular Energy Infrastructure Development
  • Residential Solar in Oregon
  • Pacific Northwest Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub
  • Abandoned and Derelict Vessels

Watch the committee meeting here.

Joint Interim Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Public Safety (Co-Chair)

Work Sessions were held on the following:

  • Department of Corrections - Federal Grant Awards Limitation
  • Department of the State Fire Marshal - 2023 Fire Season
  • Public Defense Services Commission - Compensation Plan Changes
  • Public Defense Services Commission - Comprehensive Remediation Plan
  • Criminal Justice Commission - Unrepresented Defendant/Persons Crisis Plans

Watch the committee meeting here.

Joint Committee on Ways and Means (Member)

The Joint Ways and Means Committee held Work Sessions on a number of Consent Grants and Individual Items. See the full agenda hereWatch the committee meeting here.

Insurance Updates

Oregonians can get 2024 health coverage through Jan. 16, 2024


If you don’t qualify for the Oregon Health Plan and don’t get health insurance through your job, now through Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024, is an important time. It’s the only time of year most people can sign up for an individual or family plan to have coverage in 2024.

Get started by visiting the the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace Window Shopping tool at OregonHealthCare.gov/WindowShop. The tool will allow you to preview programs, plans, and savings available to you; what plans will cover your current doctor; and how much your anticipated costs will be, including refilling your prescriptions.

The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace helps connect Oregonians to health coverage and
financial help through its federal partners at HealthCare.gov. It’s the only place where you can
get financial help on monthly premiums and other out-of-pocket costs. Nearly 80 percent of
Oregonians enrolled through the Marketplace in 2023 qualified for financial help – that could be you, too!

Health insurance sold through the Marketplace is coverage offered by trusted insurance
companies: Bridgespan, Kaiser Permanente, Moda, PacificSource, Providence, and Regence. Not every company is available in every part the state, but at least five insurance companies and at least 37 plan choices are available everywhere in Oregon.

If you are not currently enrolled through the Marketplace, you must sign up by Dec. 15, 2023
for coverage starting Jan. 1, 2024.

Want help? A health insurance expert can help you, at no cost, apply for financial help and
enroll in coverage. You can find an expert near you at OregonHealthCare.gov/GetHelp.
For more information, visit OregonHealthCare.gov or call 855-268-3767 (toll-free).

Los residentes de Oregon pueden obtener cobertura de salud para 2024 hasta el 16 de
enero de 2024


Si no califica para el Plan de Salud de Oregon y no obtiene seguro médico a través de su trabajo, desde ahora hasta el martes 16 de enero de 2024 es un momento importante. Es la única época del año en la que la mayoría de las personas pueden inscribirse en un plan individual o familiar para tener cobertura en 2024.

Comience visitando la herramienta de comparación de planes del Mercado de Seguros Médicos de Oregon en orhim.info/comprar. La herramienta le permitirá obtener una vista previa de los programas, planes y ahorros disponibles para usted; qué planes cubrirán a su médico actual; y cuánto serán sus costos anticipados, incluida la reposición de sus recetas.

El Mercado de Seguros Médicos de Oregon ayuda a conectar a los residentes de Oregon con la cobertura de salud y la ayuda financiera a través de sus socios federales en
CuidadoDeSalud.gov. Es el único lugar donde puede obtener ayuda financiera para las primas mensuales y otros gastos de bolsillo. Casi el 80 por ciento de los habitantes de Oregon inscritos a través del Mercado en 2023 calificaron para recibir ayuda financiera, ¡ese también podría ser usted!

El seguro de salud que se vende a través del Mercado es una cobertura ofrecida por compañías de seguros confiables: Bridgespan, Kaiser Permanente, Moda, PacificSource, Providence y Regence. No todas las compañías están disponibles en todas las partes del estado, pero al menos cinco compañías de seguros y al menos 37 opciones de planes están disponibles en todas partes de Oregon.

Si actualmente no está inscrito a través del Mercado, debe inscribirse antes del 15 de diciembre de 2023 para obtener cobertura a partir del 1 de enero de 2024.

¿Quieres ayuda? Un experto en seguros de salud puede ayudarte, sin costo alguno, a solicitar ayuda financiera e inscribirte en la cobertura. Puedes encontrar un experto cerca de ti en orhim.info/ayuda.

Para obtener más información, visite CuidadoDeSalud.Oregon.gov o llame al 855-268-3767
(línea gratuita)


Tour of Bienestar Housing in Hillsboro

Last week, Team SD 15 toured eight of Bienestar's housing properties located in Hillsboro, Cornelius, and Forest Grove. It was a good opportunity to see the positive change they are creating and to hear about some of their challenges in renovations and upkeep to older properties. Bienestar's mission is to 'build housing, hope, and community for the wellbeing of Latinxs, immigrants, and all families in need.' Bienestar Oregon has had a tremendous impact in our community and it is great to continue to work together in partnership to meet Oregonians' needs. Learn more about Bienestar Oregon here.

Bienestar Pics

Out and About in Senate District 15

Westside Economic Alliance Award Presentation

This week, Westside Economic Alliance (WEA) celebrated their 25th anniversary. WEA advocates for a healthy economy on the Westside of the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area  at the local, regional, and state level. During this celebration WEA honored members who have made significant contributions to the organization and the community. I am honored to have been a recipient of their first-ever Visionary Award along with Representative Janelle Bynum, and Senator Ron Wyden for the work that went in to creating and passing the federal and Oregon CHIPS Act. 


Senate District 15 - Small Business Spotlight

Telvet Coffee

Telvet Coffee

Shared from TelvetCoffee.com

Located in the historic building in Forest Grove Oregon. Offering handcrafted espresso drinks, and other favorite drinks from around the world. Come experience our house roasted beans or be adventurous and try something new with our signature drinks!

Visit Telvet Coffee at 1928 Cedar St., Forest Grove, OR 97116 and find more information here.

Community Outreach

November is National Native American Heritage Month

Shared from NativeAmericanHeritageMonth.gov


What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.

One of the very proponents of an American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y. He persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the “First Americans” and for three years they adopted such a day. In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association meeting in Lawrence, Kans., formally approved a plan concerning American Indian Day. It directed its president, Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe, to call upon the country to observe such a day. Coolidge issued a proclamation on Sept. 28, 1915, which declared the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day and contained the first formal appeal for recognition of Indians as citizens.

The year before this proclamation was issued, Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, rode horseback from state to state seeking approval for a day to honor Indians. On December 14, 1915, he presented the endorsements of 24 state governments at the White House. There is no record, however, of such a national day being proclaimed.

The first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of New York. Several states celebrate the fourth Friday in September. In Illinois, for example, legislators enacted such a day in 1919. Presently, several states have designated Columbus Day as Native American Day, but it continues to be a day we observe without any recognition as a national legal holiday.

In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including “Native American Heritage Month” and “National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month”) have been issued each year since 1994.

Other Dedicated Web Sites

Oregon's Nine Tribes

Shared from the Oregon State Capitol

Oregon is home to nine federally recognized tribes with rich and diverse cultural identities, histories, and connections to this land: 

You can learn more about each of Oregon's nine tribes by visiting their websites above.

Visit Five Oaks Museum New Exhibition - Replenish the Root: Six Centuries of Gathering Under the Oaks

Shared from FiveOaksMuseum.org

For over 600 years, people, plants, and animals have gathered under the Five Oaks. This grove of five Oregon white oak trees stands tall in what is now Hillsboro, and was called Chatakuin (Place of the Heavy Stone Mortars) by the Tualatin Kalapuya. While there are other ancient white oak trees in the Tualatin Valley, only the Five Oaks are known to carry such a long story of human interaction. 

Find more information here.

Native American Heritage Storytime at the Hillsboro Public Library

Bring your family to this Storytime featuring books by and about Native Americans and fun activities! Sunday, November 12, 2023 from 1:00-2:00pm at Hillsboro Public Library, Brookwood. More information here

Veterans Day Ceremonies

Tomorrow, November 11th, is Veterans Day. We pause to honor and remember the many Veterans who have served our country, including my mother, husband and other members of my family. 

In Senate District 15, you can attend the Veterans Day Ceremony in Cornelius on Saturday at 1:00pm at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 1251 Baseline St., Cornelius, OR 97113. The public is invited and encouraged to attend to help honor and remember the many veterans who have served our country. Find more information here.

If you are in the Salem area, you can attend the Veterans Day Ceremony on Saturday at 11:00am at the Oregon State Capitol Park. See the flyer below and find more information here.

Salem Flyer

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.    

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Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-207​, Salem, Oregon 97301
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