Family and Medical Leave Insurance – Salem – Week of June 3rd

Yes, I want to support FAMLI with NOW in Salem in the week of June 3rd

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Yes, I want to support FAMLI with NOW in Salem in the week of June 3rd

 
Oregon NOW participates in the Time 2 Care coalition which is organizing support for the bill introducing Family and Medical Leave Insurance for Oregon. In support of the coalition’s efforts, we would like to commit Oregon NOW, including all local chapters, to provide on-site support in Salem during the week of June 3rd.

Our obligation will be to have a few people show up in Salem every day to provide a visible presence in support of the bill. We would like to have a team of two or more in the Capitol Building each day. Their responsibilities will be to distribute literature as Time 2 Care instructs and to visit with Senators and Representatives either to thank them for support or to ask for their support to the bill. You don’t have to plan on a full day, but half a day is requested. We will arrange volunteer housing that is relatively nearby (Eugene, Corvallis, Albany, Salem) to help members whose travel to/from Salem is too many miles for a comfortable day trip.

June seems pretty late in the legislative game, but if legislation is still alive, it could be a critical period for support. In order to commit NOW to taking the lead with the legislature during this week, we would like to have a commitment from enough people to expect at least two people to be in the Capitol every day. We know, too, that the first week of June is far in the future; make your best guess now and let us know if your plans change.

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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 
 

 

Senate Workforce Committee Hearing – Workplace Harassment and FAMLI – 1/24/19 – 8AM

The Senate Workforce Committee has a hearing scheduled for 8am Thursday (1/24/2019) morning. Two items on the agenda are of interest to NOW:

  • An update on the status of the Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) initiative based on the results of the working group meetings held throughout 2018.
  • A public hearing on SB479, the first of Senator Gelser’s bills relating to workplace harassment ( SB479: Requires public employers to adopt policies to prevent workplace harassment.)

You can find out more about this hearing via this link:

https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Committees/SWF/2019-01-24-08-00/Agenda . If you can’t get to Salem for the hearing, you can stream it online. Look on or around this page tomorrow morning to figure out how to connect to the stream.

November Legislative Update from Rep. David Gomberg

Source: November Legislative Update

David Gomberg

November Legislative Update

Hello Friends!

I want to begin by thanking the good people of our district for honoring me with the responsibility to represent them another two years in Salem. I take that responsibility very seriously.

You will continue to see me in our local schools, service organizations, business grand openings, and community events or fundraisers. I will continue to listen. Then, late in January, I return to the State Capitol for the six month legislative session. I will work very hard to bring your voice, your vision, and your priorities to the Capitol and ensure they hear our unique coastal and coastal range perspective.

With the November General Election behind us, I am once again sending regular email updates.


Legislative Priorities

Over the past two months, I’ve been working on the proposals I plan to present for legislative consideration. Here are three priorities:

1) Small Business Tax Cut. I am renewing efforts to reduce taxes for our smallest small businesses. In particular, I want to include firms that hire part time or seasonal workers. Those are the S Corporations, LLCs and Sole Proprietors that make up our fishing, farming, and tourism economy.

To see my floor speech on this issue last session, click here.

2) Senior Property Tax Deferral. Too many fixed-income retirees are at risk of losing their homes because of property tax expenses.  A state program will pay those taxes for you and be reimbursed when the home sells. But the program has limited funds and equally limited qualification requirements. I want people to stay in their family home as long and as securely as they choose. So I’ll be asking the legislature to expand this program and make it more widely available.

3) Preparing Kids for Natural Disasters. One day here at the coast, the ground will start shaking. How can we be better prepared? One answer is to enlist our schools to properly train young people.

Current law requires schools to conduct monthly drills. But there is more to getting ready than hiding under the desk. I want to use the same allocation of time to offer an age-appropriate curriculum that teaches students how to prepare and how to recover. That can include emergency planning, necessary supplies, first aid, CERT, and community volunteerism. It can consider earthquakes and tsunamis, but also fire, flood, snowfall, or even water contamination. My thinking is that learning is generational. Parents learn from their children. And if we begin to better prepare our students, all of us will be better prepared.

If you are interested in more details on any of these proposals, please email us for a one page summary.


Out and About in House District 10

What a treat to serve as “MC” for Dancing With the Coastal Stars. We raised money for Samaritan House, had good fun, and changed lives. Congratulations to all the local competitors who practiced for months to get ready for the show.

Dancing with the Coastal Stars

Dancing with the Coastal Stars


I attended the ribbon cutting for a new shooting and archery range at Boy Scout Camp Meriwether just north of Pacific City in Tillamook County. Taking a turn with the targets, I placed all ten rounds in the black center.

Camp Meriwether

Practicing marksmanship at Camp Meriwether


Earlier this month, I rode along for a shift with Lt. Cari Boyd of the Oregon State Police. I’ve done these visits before for a better understanding of traffic, crime, how budgets affect coverage, and the safety and concerns of those men and women who work to protect us all.

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Rep. Gomberg (left) with Lt. Cari Boyd of the Oregon State Police


I joined US Congressman Kurt Schrader for a recent series of meetings in Lincoln County. We visited Depoe Bay to discuss harbor dredging and met with fisherman in Newport. A highlight of the day was opening the new Veterans Service Center. Programs there and in north Lincoln County have been expanded based on money appropriated by the budget committee I chair in Salem.

Celebrating a new veterans center with Congressman Schrader

Celebrating the opening of the new Veterans Service Center with Congressman Schrader


I spent an afternoon serving dinners at the annual Depoe Bay Salmon Bake. City volunteers have a real “machine” in place and I worked up a sweat scooping coleslaw.

Salmon Bake

Depoe Bay Salmon Bake


Odds and Ends from the Past Two Months

  • Spectrum Internet Assist, a new service from Charter Communications, offers high-speed internet for $14.99 per month for qualifying households. Click here to learn more and to see if you qualify.
  • The Mid-Coast Water Planning Partnership wants to hear how you view water in our region. Until November 30, click here to share your ideas and values about your water and our community’s water.
  • Workers’ compensation costs will drop in Oregon for the sixth straight year. For more info, click here.
  • The Oregon Department of Revenue has designed a new worksheet to help taxpayers avoid unforeseen financial burdens. Some Oregon taxpayers aren’t having enough withheld from their wages to cover their tax liability following the 2017 federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Click here to learn more and access the worksheet.
  • The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will be holding a public hearing on Biosolid Site authorizations in the Siletz-Logsden Oregon area for the City of Toledo, the City of Siletz, and the Inn at Otter Crest on Thursday, Dec 13, 2018 at the Newport Visual Arts Center.  Written comments will also be accepted until 5 pm on Friday, Dec 21, 2018. More information about the hearing and these site authorizations is available here.
  • Small Business Scam: Don’t Pay for Annual Reports In response to a call from our office, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson issued an alert to all businesses in the state regarding sales of annual reports that are normally available for free. You can see it here.
  • No Drilling on the Oregon Coast! On October 24th, Governor Brown released an Executive Order: “It is the policy of the State of Oregon to oppose the exploration and production of oil or gas off the Oregon Coast, including on the OCS, and to prevent development of any infrastructure associated with offshore oil or gas drilling in order to protect coastal economies, marine fisheries, the environment, public health and safety, and cultural resources.” You can view my remonstrance on the House floor in Salem against offshore drilling here.

Speaking out against offshore drilling

Speaking out against offshore drilling on the Capitol steps in Salem


Thanks for taking the time to read these updates and stay informed. As always, please be in touch if I can ever be of assistance.

Warm Regards,

Representative David Gomberg
House District 10

Email: Rep.DavidGomberg@oregonlegislature.gov

Phone: 503-986-1410
Capitol address: 900 Court St NE, H-471, Salem, OR 97301

District address: PO Box 113, Neotsu, OR 97364
Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/gomberg

Vote No on Measure 103 and Measure 104

Dear Oregon NOW members and supporters,

In November, we will see serious attacks on our constitution and Oregon families on the ballot, including threats to immigrant communities, healthcare access, and support services. I wanted to make sure you knew about two troubling constitutional amendments that you will likely start hearing about soon: Constitutional Amendments 103 and 104.

These measures are risky, misleading and completely unnecessary, which is why we’re proud to stand alongside community advocates, homegrown businesses, constitutional experts and Oregon families in urging a No on Constitutional Amendments 103 and 104.

The proponents of Constitutional Amendment 103 want you to believe that it will prevent a proposed tax on ”groceries.” But there is no tax on groceries and nobody is proposing one. This is really about creating permanent tax loopholes for specific businesses in the state constitution. This is an unprecedented and untested change — no other state has a constitutional amendment like this. The amendment defines “groceries” in a way you would never find in the dictionary because lobbyists filled it with loopholes that exempt slaughterhouses, trucking companies, and restaurants from taxes, but fail to protect essential items that Oregon families actually rely on: medicine, diapers, toilet paper, and more.

And that’s not all: Constitutional Amendment 104 will cause unprecedented gridlock in Salem. The amendment would extend the current supermajority requirement the state legislature to far more than just taxes. 104 will lead to unprecedented gridlock, jeopardizing funding for healthcare, affordable housing and other essential services. The last thing we need in Oregon is Washington DC-style gridlock. The only reason this is on the ballot is because a set of special interests want to protect their tax breaks by locking them into our constitution. What’s worse? If 104 had been in place earlier this year, Oregon would have faced $1 billion in cuts to services like public schools and Medicaid, which means hundreds of thousands of people would have lost their health care.

We should be careful when we change our constitution, and we should only do so when there’s an urgent or important problem to fix. This flawed measure has no place in our constitution.

The good news is that the coalition fighting Constitutional Amendments 103 and 104 is growing stronger and more diverse by the day. Your voice is important, and we need your help spreading the word: Can we count on you to forward this email to at least five people in your network?

With your help, we can keep these risky and unnecessary amendments out of Oregon’s constitution.

In Solidarity,
Corinne
Executive Director, Oregon NOW

Dark money group, Priority Oregon, launches new attack against Kate Brown

 

A dark money group known as Priority Oregon has just launched a new attack against Kate Brown. This comes at the worst time — right after this happened:

1. Our opponent said that he is planning a campaign budget of $14 million — plenty of money to use on attack ads

AND

2. The Republican Governors Association announced that they raised $113 MILLION to spend on taking out progressive governors like Kate!

Help us fight back by making a grassroots contribution today.

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But here’s where it gets really interesting — IRS filings show that the dark money group attacking Kate has ties to a prominent national Republican organization!

According to Oregon Public Broadcasting, “One possible clue to [the group’s] funding emerged Tuesday when the Republican Governors Association reported in an IRS filing that it had exchanged $30,000 worth of research work with Priority Oregon.

We can’t let these attacks go unanswered. Rush a contribution to help Kate stand up to our opponent and his allies.

Thanks for your help,

Team Kate Research Department

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PO Box 8069, Portland, OR 97207

 

Oregon’s New Equal Pay Act: What Everyone Needs to Know – July 24 – 6pm

The 2017 Oregon Legislature passed a landmark Equal Pay Act, putting Oregon at the forefront toward equalizing pay between women and men. Trish Garner, Public Policy Chair of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Oregon, will lead a discussion of this important legislation at the Tuesday, July 24 meeting of the Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). The discussion will take place at 6 pm in the McEntee Meeting Room, Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street, Newport. The public is invited.

OREGON’s new FAIR PAY ACT specifies that: (1) an employer cannot pay an employee less because of their sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age, disability or veteran status; (2) an employer can’t pay an employee’s coworker more for a comparable job unless the entire pay gap is based on one or more of these conditions: seniority, merit, quality or quantity of production, education, training, experience, workplace location or travel; (3) an employer cannot screen job applicants based on current or previous compensation or determine salary on that basis; (4) an employer cannot ask a potential new hire how much he or she is currently paid or has been paid in the past until after making a job offer that includes compensation; and (5) an employer cannot cut an employee’s pay to follow this law or retaliate against the employee for asking for equal pay.