February Legislative Update – Rep. David Gomberg

Hello Friends,

I hope everyone has been safe and warm during the sudden cold snap.

It is the middle of week three and the legislative session is off to a very busy start! Committees are hearing bills, the phones are ringing, we receive hundreds of emails each morning, and I’ve been holding information meetings during every unscheduled moment each day here in Salem.

Here’s a brief update on a few items of interest…

Read the entire letter here: February Legislative Update

 

Make Your Voice Heard in Salem – Lobby Day – Feb. 18, 2019

Registration page: https://action.aclu.org/webform/or-2019-lobby-day

OREGON – 2019 LOBBY DAY

Your voice is powerful in Salem. Meet other ACLU supporters and help create an Oregon that treats all people fairly!
 
Join us on Monday, February 18 – Presidents Day – at the state capital. Meet with your state legislators to advocate for issues like juvenile justice reform and immigrant rights with the ACLU of Oregon.
 
No experience is necessary to join us! Participants will receive training on how to talk to lawmakers effectively before gathering with smaller groups to meet with Oregon’s legislators and their staff. We will also be hosting a rally at the capitol steps.
 
This year, in Portland and Eugene, we are offering free bus rides to and from Salem, and we can also help connect people with others in your area to share a ride. We want to see you there!
 
Lobby Day Agenda:
 
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. Registration and coffee
First United Methodist Church, 600 State St., Salem, OR 97301
 
9 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Lobby Day Training
First United Methodist Church, 600 State St., Salem, OR 97301
 
11 a.m. Legislator meetings / view floor session
Capitol Building
 
11 a.m. – 1:30 pm. Box lunches available
Room 167, Capitol Building
 
12:30 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. Rally and group photo (attendees start gathering at 12:15).
Capitol steps
 
1 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Legislator meetings / committee meetings 
Capitol Building
 
3:45 p.m. Busses leave for Portland and Eugene 
 

 

Legislative Report – May 14, 2018 – Special Session

Chris Vogel, Revenue and Tax Reform

The Joint Interim Committee On Sole Proprietors will meet on 5/16/2018 1:00 PM, HR A to hear testimony from The Honorable Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon and to accept Public Testimony on LC 1. A special session of the legislative assembly will convene May 21, 2018 at 8 a.m. Please know that interim committees cannot introduce bills to the special session. The only committee that will hear legislation for the special session is the Joint Committee on Sole Proprietors. Its work will be limited to two bills: the Governor’s proposal LC 1 and the sine die resolution (LC 2).   READ MORE

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OSU — A Strong and Growing Presence on the Central Coast – Rep. David Gomberg

Greetings! 

Thank you so much for the many positive responses to my weekly reports from the 2018 legislative session.

I enjoy sending news and information throughout our district on a regular basis. However, legislative rules prohibit newsletters like this sent from our office within 60 days of a primary or general election. I think that is a good policy that makes it clear that public resources are not used or perceived to be used for campaign purposes. But it also means you will not be hearing from me again until May 15 except in response to emails or letters you send to me.

On Wednesday afternoon, I will be delighted to take part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Marine Studies Initiative in Newport.

Artists' Rendering of the OSU Hatfield Marine Sciences Initiative Building
Artists’ Rendering of the OSU Hatfield Marine Sciences Initiative Building

Oregon State University’s new marine studies building at the Hatfield Marine Science Center will not only increase the region’s marine science education and research capacity, it will use state-of-the-art architectural and engineering techniques to serve as one of the first “vertical evacuation” tsunami sites in the United States.

The facility aims to increase the region’s capacity for marine-related education, research and outreach, and engagement. OSU plans to have as many as 150 new staff and up to 500 students annually studying and doing research at the Hatfield campus by 2025. The new building will include classroom space and offices for faculty and graduate students.

“The amount of science here is mind boggling,” says Gil Sylvia, a marine resource economist and superintendent of the Coastal Oregon Marine Experimental Station. “It spans everything. Agencies here are studying where fish stocks are located in the ocean, how fish age and how that relates to their migration. We study oceanographic conditions and the relationship to fishery productivity. We are helping map the bottom of the ocean. We study underwater volcanoes and earthquakes.”

Looked at from a different perspective, the MSI will bring more living wage jobs, more customers for local business, and more potential employees from the student population.

In addition to housing Marine Studies Initiative programs, the new building will host the Marine Fisheries Genetics Program and provide headquarters for OSU’s nationally recognized Marine Mammal Institute and its marine genetics and genomics programs.

Speaking of the Marine Mammal Institute, we are now very, very close to selling 3000 vouchers for the new Oregon Coast Whale License Plate.

New "Coastal Playground" License Plates Will Benefit Marine Mammal Institute
New “Coastal Playground” License Plates Will Benefit Marine Mammal Institute

Every purchase supports the OSU Marine Mammal Institute, meaning the license plates are more than distinctive and stylish — they also help support whale research, graduate student education, and public outreach.

You can be one of the first to own the new plate by purchasing a voucher. As soon as 3,000 vouchers are sold, the plates will go into production, and you will be notified when your plate is available at the DMV. Purchase a voucher online for only $40, of which $35 will directly support the Marine Mammal Institute.

In a final piece of OSU news, a major win for the Coastal Caucus during the recent session was House Bill 5201 – an appropriation package that includes $3 million for the Pacific Marine Energy Center South Energy Test Site.

Senator Roblan and I worked hard to fund this wave energy test site off the Oregon Coast. State funds are being leveraged to help secure an additional $35 million in federal monies for the project. The test facility is being designed and constructed by an OSU team, and is expected to be operational in 2021.

The research site has been approved by the fishing industry at a location where wave energy developers can test utility scale wave energy converters in the ocean, with a connection to the electric utility grid through a subsea cable. It will be operated by Oregon State University’s Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center.

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Whether it is new jobs, new and critical ocean research, the study of new energy sources, new architecture that demonstrates how we can prepare for future seismic events, or simply the pride of a new coastal license plate, these developments help strengthen the economy and the communities of the entire central coast and Coast Range.

As always, let me know if you have  any questions or concerns about your state government!

Warm regards,

Rep. David Gomberg

email: Rep.DavidGomberg@oregonlegislature.gov
phone: 503-986-1410
address: 900 Court St NE, H-371, Salem, OR, 97301
website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/gomberg

2018 Session Conclusion – One Week Early! – Rep. David Gomberg

2018 Session Conclusion – One Week Early!

Greetings!

At the very end of each legislative session, it is tradition to open both the Senate and House chamber doors. From the dais at the front of the House, you can see across the open space under the Capitol dome, straight through the building, to the dais at the front of the Senate chamber. After making eye contact, the Senate President and the House Speaker bring down their gavels simultaneously to signal formal adjournment “sine die”.

Oregon lawmakers performed this ceremony and ended the 2018 session late Saturday afternoon, eight days before the constitutional deadline.  We also avoided much of the partisan disagreements that clouded the last short session two years ago. Most of the 260 bills introduced were noncontroversial and passed with little opposition.

Major measures we approved include: increased funding for affordable housing (HB 4007); prescription drug transparency (HB 4005); net neutrality protection (HB 4155); prohibiting firearms sales to convicted domestic abusers (HB 4145); stronger clean air standards (SB 1541); and disconnecting Oregon from the difficult new federal tax bill (SB 1528).

SCR 203, Declaring Adjournment Sine Die of the 2018 Legislative Session, Passes
SCR 203, Declaring Adjournment Sine Die of the 2018 Legislative Session, Passes

Most of my own measures also crossed the finish line, including: my bill to ease red tape for small business (HB 4052); the Equifax Breach Bill (SB 1551) which would prohibit fees for freezing your account if a credit monitoring company gets hacked; my PERS Reform bill (HB 4046) which would prevent “spiking” retirement benefits; a resolution to honor former State Rep. Paul Hanneman (SCR 211); and a measure I carried on the final day to create small business loan funds for expansion and operating costs (SB 1516). All passed by wide, bipartisan margins.

A high-profile plan to address climate change, cap greenhouse gas emissions and charge the state’s largest polluters was not able to garner enough support to move forward. Instead, a special committee has been appointed to consider viable alternatives for 2019.

A bill that would add Oregon to a growing number of states awarding Electoral College votes to the winner of the national popular vote in presidential elections failed to move through the Senate despite consistent support from the House. Finally, my bill to help shelter dogs and cats (HB 4045) did not move forward in 2018. But I will be re-introducing it in 2019 and am hopeful the longer session will give it a better chance of passing.

Last year, the Legislative Assembly completed the state budget for the 2017-2019 biennium.  One of the most important reasons for short sessions in alternate years is to make needed adjustments to this budget. A final item completed during the 2018 session was an omnibus budget package that authorized $93 million for a wide variety of mid-biennium spending on projects statewide.

2018 legislative Session Sine Die Gavelling Out
Gavelling Out the 2018 Legislative Session

The largest single item in the appropriations bill was an additional $27.5 million to cover the costs of fighting wildfires in 2017. The bill also allocated an additional $15.7 million to the state’s child welfare program to hire more caseworkers and other staff to keep foster children safe and help families.

An additional $5.2 million will pay for emergency winter housing and shelter around the state.

Newport continues to emerge as a premiere center for ocean science research and teaching. In a big win for the Central Coast and for the legislative Coastal Caucus, OSU’s Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) received $3 million for a wave energy testing facility. These funds will be matched on an 8-1 basis with federal money to continue study of wave energy potential. Click here more funding details.

Overall, I would say that the session was productive, mild-mannered, and remarkably fast paced. One member described each day as a “lightening round.” There were certainly disappointments, but also much to celebrate.

House Chamber Displays 2018 Session Adjournment
House Chamber Displays 2018 Session Adjournment

Anyone who believes that short sessions should be quick, focused on budget adjustments, and an opportunity for small policy fixes should be pleased with our past months’ work.

I’m back in the district now and won’t be missing my icy morning commutes to Salem. I continue to attend as many local events as my calendar allows. On Friday at 8am on KCUP radio, I’ll do an hour-long legislative re-cap. On Tuesday the 6th, I’ll join the Pacific City Nestucca Valley Chamber of Commerce for lunch in Tillamook County, and on the 15th I’ll be speaking to the Sheridan Chamber of Commerce. On the 15th, I’ll also be very pleased to address the groundbreaking for the Marine Science Center in Newport. And on Saturday the 10th, I’ll be at the Spay-getti Beach Bark Benefit in Lincoln City.

Hope to see you somewhere very soon!

Warm regards,

Rep. David Gomberg

email: Rep.DavidGomberg@oregonlegislature.gov
phone: 503-986-1410
address: 900 Court St NE, H-371, Salem, OR, 97301
website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/gomberg

 

Support Affordable Energy Efficiency Now

Your legislator sits on the Joint Ways & Means Committee or the Joint Natural Resources Subcommittee, which is why it is so important they hear your voice. Hopefully you believe in these issues as passionately as we do.

Support Affordable Energy Efficiency Now >>

In middle school, while part of Outdoor Education, I took a field trip to an eco-designed house. An excited 20 year old explained to me how the windows were positioned under the eaves of the house in such a way that they would be shaded from summer sun but let in light during the winter. It seemed so futuristic and intuitive to reduce energy usage just by paying attention to sunlight.

Ask your legislator to pass HB 4121 to help make energy efficiency affordable >>

One of the easiest things that we can do for climate change is make sure our homes lose less energy, and are are powered using renewable sources of energy. From cool roofs to green roofs, plant based spray insulation, windows that reflect light in summer and let it pass through in winter, and passive energy construction. We’re doing amazing innovative things to make our homes more efficient, saving us money and energy.

Unfortunately it costs money to make these investments, and many homeowners can’t afford to make the upgrades that would reduce their utility bills and help decrease energy related pollution. That’s why we need the Home WRAP (Weatherization, Retrofit, and Affordability Program) bill (HB 4121).

HB 4121, known as the Home WRAP would be a huge step forward in helping Oregonians make their homes more energy efficient and sustainable. The Home WRAP provides a financial incentive to homeowners who are making their homes more energy efficient and or installing solar in their home.

The energy efficiency and solar industries employ thousands of Oregonians at living wage, green jobs. Without the Home WRAP some of these jobs will go away. Let’s boost demand for solar installers, wind technicians, and energy efficiency experts by providing incentives for Oregonians to make their homes more sustainable.

Tell your legislators you support the Home WRAP bill >>

Oregon must do more to address climate change. It’s why we’re working on the Clean Energy Jobs bill, and why so many of us have already made energy efficient upgrades in our homes. Home WRAP is part of the picture, and it would leverage funds to save Oregonians money, improve indoor air quality, enhance economic activity and retain jobs, and achieve significant greenhouse gas reductions.

Investments in energy efficient homes are really investments in our future. It’s an investment we need to make. This bill has strong, bipartisan, bicameral support, but we just need a little more boost to get it over the finish line.

Help us pass HB 4121.

Thanks for your support,

Krista Simonis, Digital Coordinator OLCV

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National Partnership for Women and Families – News and Action

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WORK & FAMILY
FMLA25: Advancing Paid Leave

Together with our allies on Capitol Hill, as well as advocates and activists from across the country, the National Partnership celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) earlier this month. And we spearheaded a passionate, loud call to action for a strong, comprehensive national paid family and medical leave program.

FMLA25 Reception

Here are just a few highlights:

Get a complete wrap-up of FMLA25 here »

Economic Costs of Inaction

Related:
The National Partnership convened an audio news conference earlier today to discuss a new report on the most effective approaches to providing paid family and medical leave in the United States.
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Last week, National Partnership Vice President Vicki Shabo talked with North Carolina lawyer, widower and father of two, John Duberstein, about what paid leave means to him. Duberstein’s late wife authored The Bright Hour: A Memoir on Living and Dying, so he knows firsthand how important paid leave is for families and family caregivers.
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REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
Scott Lloyd Must Go

Scott Lloyd is the director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and the Trump administration official responsible for the #JusticeForJane cases. Lloyd tried to block young immigrant women in federal custody from getting abortion care, and he was even willing to break the law to prevent them from getting the health care they need.

Lloyd’s actions are an outrageous abuse of power and part of a coordinated, federally funded campaign to shame, bully and deny abortion care to vulnerable young women.

Call for Scott Lloyd’s immediate removal and an end to ORR’s unconstitutional policy banning abortions for those in its custody »

Take Action

Related:
National Partnership Vice President Sarah Lipton-Lubet explains how fake clinics harm women and undermine abortion access in her latest op-ed in The Hill.
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HEALTH CARE
Medicaid Work Requirements Harm Women

Last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved punitive, burdensome and ineffective Medicaid work requirements in Indiana and Kentucky that are especially harmful for women because workplaces don’t reflect or support the complexity of their lives. To be clear: These requirements aren’t about making women and families more financially secure, as the Trump administration and congressional leadership claim. They are about driving people off of Medicaid, leaving more women and families without access to health care coverage.

Instead of implementing these harmful work requirements, more states should expand Medicaid and connect women to the health care they need to get and stay healthy.

Read more »

Related:
National Partnership Vice President Katie Martin points to the health needs of our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico in a recent blog post, “Delays are Destructive: Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Need Health Care Funding Now.”
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WORKER’S RIGHTS
Working People’s Day of Action

Last weekend, we joined thousands of activists and advocates across the country to stand up for strong workplace protections and strong unions. And earlier this week, we rallied in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as justices heard oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME — a case that threatens to undermine public sector unions and weaken workplace protections for millions of people.

Read more »

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PAID SICK DAYS
Austin Advocates Win First Policy in the South

Earlier this month, the Austin City Council voted to approve an ordinance that will guarantee paid sick days for all Austinites, including more than 210,000 workers who currently cannot earn paid sick time. When Austin Mayor Steve Adler signs the ordinance, Austin will become the 42nd jurisdiction — and the first in the South — to guarantee paid sick days.

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We are inspired by the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School students who are speaking out and organizing against gun violence. Their activism in the face of unthinkable tragedy is a testament to their leadership and spirit. We stand with you. #NeverAgain #MarchForOurLives

#Janus is a shameful attempt to hurt unions because they give workers a powerful voice in speaking up for themselves, their families and their communities. #UnrigtheEconomy #SCOTUS

It’s 2018 and #AAPI women in the U.S. are paid on average, 87¢ for every $1 paid to white men. And it’s much worse for certain ethnic subgroups within the community. pic.twitter.com/uPv5GGhB0G #AAPIEqualPay #NotYourModelMinority

“State and local #paidsickdays progress is leading the way toward a national standard, while improving the lives of workers, the health of communities and the strength of the economy.” — @sffink #ATXCouncil paidsickdays.org/blog/i.html?id=856902897 …

Stand strong for immigrant women and families by urging your members of Congress to support the #DREAMActnow! WeTweet.org/DREAM

We’re excited to join the @AspenInstitute #FamilyProsperity Innovation Community to work with @AspenAscend to develop strategies for strengthening the well-being and economic security of America’s families. aspeninstitute.org/news/press-release/family-prosperity-innovation-communiity/ … 

“In some cases, dollars are directly diverted from public funds allocated to feed hungry children, all so that a woman looking for an #abortion clinic can be told lies about #abortion …” #reprohealth #reprorights rewire.news/article/2018/02/16/state-level-republicans- …

As we celebrate #FMLA25 this week, it’s clear that #paidleavemeans something personal, poignant and powerful to everyone. It’s time for the next step: #paidleave for all.

“Until the killing of Black men, Black mothers’ sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother’s sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest.” — Ella Baker #BlackHistoryMonth #BlackLivesMatter

We remember Rosa Parks, whose courage and activism powered the civil rights movement, changed history and made our nation stronger. #BlackHistoryMonth

Awful! Work requirements for #Medicaid recipients are cruel and will deny access to #healthcare to millions of people. rollcall.com/news/policy/states …

For the record, “putting America first” means …
✔ Comprehensive #paidleave
✔ #Paidsickdays for all
✔ Expanding birth control access
✔ Affordable health care
✔ Access to #abortion care
✔ #DREAMActNow
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Media Mentions

Are You Eligible for Paid Family Leave Without Knowing It?Consumer Reports, February 21, 2018

Why a Republican Plan for Paid Leave Has Stirred Concern About Social SecurityNew York Times, February 20, 2018

Trump Administration Moves to Allow Short-Term, Non-ACA-Compliant Health PoliciesStateline, February 20, 2018

Ending gender pay inequalityKETV, February 17, 2018

Sen. Tammy Duckworth raises questions about maternity leave while in officeUSA TODAY, February 15, 2018

“He made me hate my body so much”: a different kind of #MeToo storyVox, February 15, 2018

Ivanka Trump and Marco Rubio want a paid family leave plan that critics say will hurt womenBusiness Insider, February 13, 2018

Calls for paid family leave are getting louderCNN Money, February 13, 2018

Trump’s budget calls for six weeks’ paid family leave. What it will cost youCNBC, February 12, 2018

Tax bill provision designed to spur paid family leave to lower-wage workersSalon, February 12, 2018

You’ll never guess who’s behind Rubio’s Social Security gutting ‘family leave’ planDaily Kos, February 9, 2018

Trump’s long history of employing — and defending — men accused of hurting womenVox, February 9, 2018

5 Things Family Caregivers Need to Know About Family LeaveNext Avenue, February 7, 2018

Paid leave pitchPolitico, February 7, 2018

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993: Time to Finish the JobFacebook, February 5, 2018

As the Family and Medical Leave Act Turns 25, the Country Urgently Needs a National Paid Leave PlanMarketWatch, February 5, 2018

How Does Paid Leave Help Families? A Lot Is At Risk On Such An Important AnniversaryRomper, February 5, 2018

Why Paid Leave Means… EverythingShondaland, February 5, 2018

Scholl and Ness column: Paid leave means a stronger VirginiaRichmond Times-Dispatch, February 2, 2018

Fired for being pregnant: Another kind of discrimination women face at workCNN, February 1, 2018

Four ways fake clinics harm women and undermine abortion accessThe Hill, February 1, 2018

Bank of America is the latest company to ban this dreaded job-interview questionWashington Post, January 29, 2018

How To Not Give The Flu To Someone Else If You Have ItBustle, January 26, 2018

Press Releases

Media Advisory: What’s Needed to Create an Effective U.S. Paid Leave Policy? New Report Has Answers, Based on Analysis of Medical Evidence and 5,500+ Studies of Policies in U.S. States and Other Countries, February 27, 2018

Our Rights and Well-Being Are at Risk in Janus v. AFSCME, Women’s Leader Says, February 26, 2018

Trump Administration’s Latest Attempt at ACA Sabotage Would Drive Up Health Insurance Costs and Cut Protections for Women and Families, February 20, 2018

Victory in ‘Keeping Austin Healthy’ as City is Poised to Become the First in the South to Guarantee Paid Sick Days, February 16, 2018

Trump’s Budget Proposal Should be ‘Dead on Arrival;’ Deep Cuts to Medicaid, Planned Parenthood and Support for Low-Income Families Would Destroy Safety Net, Cause Lasting Harm to Women and Families, February 12, 2018

As the Family and Medical Leave Act Turns 25, the Country Urgently Needs a National Paid Leave Plan, Women’s Leader Says, February 5, 2018

More Than a Moment: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Movement to Win Paid Leave for All, February 2, 2018

National Partnership Opposes Labor Department’s Proposal to Take Away Workers’ Tips, February 1, 2018

Trump’s Agenda Weakens Our Union, But the Country is Fighting Back, January 30, 2018

Senate Vote on Unconstitutional Abortion Ban Shows ‘Total Disregard for Women’s Health,’ Ness Says, January 29, 2018

With Nation’s Unpaid Leave Law Turning 25 Next Week, New Analysis Shows Workers in Every State Urgently Need a National Paid Leave Program, January 29, 2018

 

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