Legislative Report, Volume 29, Number 12 – April 2019 – The League of Women Voters of Oregon

In This Issue:
Climate Change
Natural Resources
Revenue and Tax Reform
Social Policy 

By Claudia Keith, Julie Chapman, Shirley Weathers, and Cathy Frischmann
Some progress and ACTION is still needed on your part: Please let the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction (JCCR) and… Read more

Source: Legislative Report, Volume 29, Number 12 – April 2019 – The League of Women Voters of Oregon

Planned Parenthood Day of Action, Wednesday, April 17

Registration link plus info:
Link for registration: bit.ly/PPAODayofAction
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 @ 9:00 AM
Salem, OR
Oregonians issued a mandate in the 2018 midterm elections: They want more access to health care, not less. We expect our elected leaders to take action now to invest in our communities, close the growing economic divide and protect the rights of our neighbors, co-workers families. We showed up on Election Day, and now it’s time to show up on Lobby Day: Please join us Wednesday, April 17th in Salem for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon’s 2019 Day of Action!
Once every two years, PPAO mobilizes citizen lobbyists from throughout the state to amplify our voices. This is an all ages welcome event. We’ll provide an extensive, robust and fun training; march to the State Capitol; and meet with elected officials to discuss our legislative priorities.

This year, we are proud to join a broad coalition of Oregonians of color, people of all genders and abilities, LGBTQ communities and immigrants who are fighting to give women and working families a fair shot at success. Together, we are demanding that legislators support policies to break down the system of discrimination and inequality that continues to hold us back:

  • Revenue reform: Health equity is impossible without stable, adequate funding that ensures all Oregonians can access the services they deserve to help them stay healthy. We will advocate for a budget that ensures reproductive health care and sexual health education for more Oregonians.

  • Housing reform: Unstable housing affects health outcomes and is an underlying, contributing factor of health inequities in Oregon. Planned Parenthood patients rely on stable homes in order to live healthy, successful lives and access the health care they need.

  • Paid family leave: It is essential for employers to support pregnant, parenting, and caregiving employees by providing paid family leave. Without universal policies like paid family leave, Oregonians continue to face real barriers to staying in the workforce and maintaining their earnings when family caregiving needs arise.

Here is more information about the day:

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon Day of Action

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

First Congregational United Church of Christ
700 Marion St NE
Salem, OR 97301
We’ll be meeting at the First Congregational United Church of Christ  for a full training before heading over to the Capitol.


Street parking and metered parking are available, and there is a parkade a few blocks from the Congregational UCC that you can pay to pay in called Chemekata Parkade. The church does not have on-site parking so please plan ahead!

What To Bring

Please bring a reusable water bottle if you have one, wear clothes you feel comfortable wearing while meeting with your representative, and wear shoes you will be able to walk in. All other materials will be provided!

Action Alert! Climate Legislation: HB 2020-31 It’s Heating Up!

ACTION ALERT!  Climate Legislation:  HB 2020 -31  IT’S HEATING UP!

Date:   April 9, 2019
To:       All League Members and Oregonians
From:  Julie Chapman, LWVOR Climate Portfolio and Norman Turrill, LWVOR President


The Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction (JCCR) recently introduced an improved version of the climate bill, HB 2020 -31. Committee members are under pressure to reverse or water down the amendments, particularly those regulating pollution from waste incineration and fluorinated gases. Please email committee members by April 15.

Subject line: “The -31 amendments strengthened HB 2020” or “Thank you for supporting HB 2020 -31” or “As an Oregonian, I support HB 2020 -31” or …

Messaging for emails: Put the message in your own words; your email can be short. You can copy and paste the same personal message for all members of the committee, but please address and send the email to each legislator individually. Identify yourself with your address, but emphasize that you are an Oregonian, and this is important Oregon legislation.

  • Thank you for including waste incineration in the industries regulated by the bill.
  • The Covanta trash incinerator burns plastics and medical waste and emits a mix of heavy metals and other pollutants. We urge you to hold them accountable by keeping them under the cap, as you have done in the -31 amendments. This is a critical step to move us towards climate solutions.
  • Thank you for now including the super pollutant F-gases from semiconductor manufacturing as emissions covered by the bill.
  • F-gases are 7,000 to 23,000 times more potent than CO2 as greenhouse gases. It is critical that we require mitigation of their effect.
  • The -31 amendment ends an exemption for the F-gases used in semiconductor manufacturing, placing F-gases under the cap from the beginning of the program. Please pass the -31 amendments and keep these polluters in the program.
  • The F-gases account for 1/5th of the total greenhouse gas impact of all other Oregon manufacturers covered under the Oregon Climate Action Program. It is critical that we require mitigation of their effects.
  • The emergency clause is essential to this bill. Climate change caused by excessive greenhouse gas emissions is the most significant emergency of our time.
  • Please keep the specific percentage distributions from the Climate Investment Fund identified in -31 in the bill: 40% will go to impacted communities and 10% to tribes. Oregon communities that suffer the biggest impact from the warming we already experience must get the most relief.

Thank you for adding your voice! For more information, contact Julie Chapman, LWVOR Climate Portfolio member juliebchap@gmail.com or ph. 503-415-9715.

Amendments HB 2020 -31: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Downloads/CommitteeMeetingDocument/187693

Original HB 2020: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB2020/Introduced

Additional F-gas information from EPA website: https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/overview-greenhouse-gases

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Republicans Members of the JCCR Committee:

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Legislative Report, Volume 29, Number 9 – March 2019 – The League of Women Voters of Oregon

In This Issue:
Climate Change
Natural Resources
Revenue and Tax Reform
Social Policy  
Climate Change  

By Claudia Keith, Julie Chapman, Shirley Weathers, Cathy Frischmann and Lynette Pierson
YOUR VOICE IS STILL NEEDED! Please consider taking just a few minutes this week and engage in your citizenship rights and responsibilities. This Wednesday, March… Read more

Source: Legislative Report, Volume 29, Number 9 – March 2019 – The League of Women Voters of Oregon


Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act on House floor 1st week of April

March 27, 2019

ACTION ALERT: VAWA will be on the House floor first week of April!

It’s not too late to counter attacks against and to improve VAWA!

Use our NEW toolkit to pressure Congress to do the right thing!

Vote for H.R.1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019!

Add your organization’s name to our sign-on letter in support of H.R.1585!

Please forward widely!

The House of Representatives is slated to vote next week on H.R.1585, the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019, introduced by Representatives Karen Bass (D-CA-37) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01). H.R.1585 is a modest reauthorization bill that includes narrowly focused enhancements to address gaps identified by victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence and the people who work on the ground with them every day.

Please sign our ORGANIZATIONAL LETTER OF SUPPORT by Wednesday, April 3 to show Congress that organizations around the country care about this issue and support H.R.1585.

Then, use this NEW TOOLKIT to contact your Representative by phone, by email, or on social media. And don’t forget to write a letter to the editor or an op-ed! The toolkit contains scripts, talking points, a list of key enhancements, Tweets, Facebook posts, graphics, and letter-to-the editor and op-ed templates.

Also, in case you missed it, you can listen to a recording of last Thursday’s VAWA call explaining the contents of H.R.1585 HERE.


When H.R.1585 went through the House Judiciary Committee, several Representatives tried to roll back vital VAWA protections by:

  • Allowing non-Natives to prey on Native women on Tribal lands with impunity;
  • Allowing publicly-funded domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers to discriminate against survivors who they don’t like and turn away vulnerable victims in need of protection and help; and
  • Taking money away from communities and giving it to organizations like the NRA to teach people how to use guns.

Instead of committing to improve VAWA to address the identified needs of victims and survivors through moderate enhancements, other lawmakers introduced a year-long ‘straight reauthorization of VAWA (with no improvements) that ignores the identified needs of survivors. Lawmakers need to take a principled stand and fight for improved access to and justice for victims and survivors. In the era of #MeToo, we have the opportunity to make meaningful positive change to protect and support all survivors – anything less is unacceptable.

If you have questions or want to report the outcome of your contacts with Members of Congress, please email rgraber@ncadv.org anddkarp@jwi.org.


These members should especially be asked to be co-sponsors and encouraged to vote for the “real” VAWA, H.R. 1585, and not harmful or weakening amendments or attempts to delay passage with an unnecessary “straight reauthorization” extension.  Find their contact informationhere.  Ask to talk to the staff person who handles VAWA and/or women’s issues.  Make a note of this person’s name and contact info and follow up with them.  Develop a working relationship with them if possible.  Thanks.  Pat


Cindy Axne (Iowa)

Anthony Brindisi (N.Y.)

Jim Costa (Calif.)

Angie Craig (Minn.)

Charlie Crist (Fla.)

Joe Cunningham (S.C.)

Antonio Delgado (N.Y.)

Abby Finkenauer (Iowa)

Jared Golden (Maine)

Josh Gotteimer (N.J.)

Kendra Horn (Okla.)

Andy Kim (N.J.)

Conor Lamb (Pa.) 

Susie Lee (Nev.)

Elaine Luria (Va.)

Ben McAdams (Utah)

Stephanie Murphy (Fla.)

Tom O’Halleran (Ariz.)

Collin Peterson (Minn.)

Max Rose (N.Y.)

Kurt Schrader (Ore.)

Mikie Sherrill (N.J.)

Elissa Slotkin (Mich.)

Abigail Spanberger (Va.)

Xochitl Torres Small (N.M.)

Jeff Van Drew (N.J.).



Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.)

John Katko (R-N.Y.)

Tom Reed (R-N.Y.)

Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.)

Michael R. Turner (R-Ohio)

Fred Upton (R-Mich.)

Rodney Davis (R-Ill.)

David Joyce (R-Ohio)

David McKinley (W.V.)

Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.)

Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.)

Peter T. King (R-N.Y.)

Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Penn.)

Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.)

Steve Stivers (R-Ohio)

John Curtis (R-Utah)

Mike Bost (R-Ill.)

Bill Johnson (R-Ohio)

Jennifer Gonzalez Colon (R-P.R.)

Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio)

Susan Brooks (R-Ind.)

Ken Calvert (R-Calif.)

Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.)

Greg Walden (R-Ore.)

William Hurd (R-Texas)

Paul Cook (R-CA)

Don Young (R-AK)