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    Training the Next Generation of Leaders

    As a legislator and as a mother, one of my biggest priorities is teaching and inspiring young people to become leaders that will continue to move our country forward. That’s why I’m so proud of the progress being made by the young people that sit on the House District 38 Student Leadership Cabinet. Since the application deadline closed, my staff and I gave the Cabinet a crash course in the legislative process and assigned each member a specific bill on which to prepare a policy brief. The assignment was to do research, and prepare a written report and spoken presentation for our office that spoke to the background, pros, and cons of their bill.

    This last week, five Cabinet members also came to the Capitol to intern in my office. They attended committee meetings, helped with legislative tasks, and did in-office work on their policy briefs. The Student Leadership Cabinet will meet again in the next few weeks to present their briefs to my staff and I, and will continue to come to Salem to intern throughout the rest of the legislative session. These young leaders are doing great work, and I’m glad to have them on my team.slc

    Meeting with the Student Leadership Cabinet at Riverdale High School

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    A Smarter Approach to Criminal Justice

    Many Oregonians face unjustly harsh penalties and stiff prison sentences for crimes that can often be better addressed by alternative sentencing programs. These penalties often have a disparate impact on our most vulnerable communities, and we need to do better. This session, I have been working to reform Oregon’s criminal justice system.

    That is why I am sponsoring several bills that will work to reduce costs, lower prison populations, and increase fairness. Senate Bills 302 and 303 make needed changes to the Controlled Substances Act to ensure fair penalties for marijuana possession. HB 2355 defelonizes certain lesser crimes and creates a pathway for data collection of officer-involved stops. Lastly, HB 3078 reduces sentences for property-related felonies and other crimes when drug counseling is a better alternative.

    I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to advocate for these bills. By supporting common sense legislation, we can protect Oregonians and improve public safety while reducing recidivism and cutting costs.

     

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    Protecting the Rights of Vulnerable Oregonians

    In recent months, there has been a notable increase in discrimination and harassment toward marginalized communities.  In a time in which we can’t rely on the Federal government to protect our rights, it becomes increasingly important to send a statement that here in Oregon, we can do better. That is why I am working on bills that will protect vulnerable Oregonians.

    HB 2005 is a pay equity bill, which creates important protections against pay discrimination regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, or other protected class status. HB 2673 makes it easier for individuals to change their names on vital records to reflect their gender identity. HB 3060 will prevent workplace discrimination at companies that wish to do business with the state.

    These bills will help ensure that all Oregonians are treated fairly. I’m excited to continue working with my colleagues on these and other bills that address this issue.

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    Testifying before the House Committee on Business and Labor in Support of HB 2005.

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    Seeking Applicants: Student Leadership Cabinet

    When I was in high school, I served on a Student Advisory Council to then-Superintendent of Public Instruction Vern Duncan. The experience taught me a great deal about public service and leadership, and it helped me understand the role I could play in making Oregon the best state it can be.

    That’s why I’m excited to announce the House District 38 Student Leadership Cabinet, an opportunity for up to twelve high schoolers in our community to join my legislative team and participate in the policymaking process.

    After an orientation to the legislative process, members of the Cabinet will identify their policy interests and be assigned a bill to evaluate and track within their chosen area of interest. During in-district meetings and visits to Salem, members will keep me updated on these bills, attend committee hearings, meet stakeholders and elected officials, and assist my staff with the work of operating a legislative office.

    Students in grades 9-11 are invited to apply for a position on the Cabinet by emailing a resume and a brief statement of interest to rep.annlininger@oregonlegislature.gov. Applications should be submitted by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, March 1. Questions can be directed to my Legislative Assistant, Mark Bond, at (503) 986-1438.

    The young people in our community are diverse, passionate, and engaged. I look forward to working with them!

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    Hope and Unity

    As we reach the year end, I feel hopeful about what we can accomplish together. I’m hopeful that Oregonians can unite to improve opportunity and fairness for people around our state. I’m hopeful we can stand together against discrimination and harassment. I am hopeful Oregon can provide a model for how people from diverse perspectives and geographies can work together to improve life for all of us.

    This coming year I will chair the House Committee on Economic Development and Trade, co-chair the Joint Committee on Marijuana Regulation, and serve on the House Judiciary Committee. These assignments will allow me to focus on some important goals. I will help Oregon employers create good jobs for local families. I will push for laws to ensure that Oregonians receive equal pay for equal work. I will fight to prevent discrimination, harassment, and assault, and help people who have suffered these harms seek justice.

    This is a time of uncertainty nationally, but it can be a time of unity and strength here in Oregon. We need to stand together and support our shared values. Together we can make 2017 a good year for all of us.

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    Lake Oswego march for tolerance and peace. Photo credit: Lake Oswego Review.

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    Uniting Our Community

    Thank you for supporting my re-election effort. With your help we won almost 70% of the votes cast. Now we need to get to work creating opportunity for Oregonians all across the state and protecting vulnerable people.

    The election showed some sharp differences of opinion here in our state and across our country. We need to create opportunity for all families to earn a good living and care for their loved ones. We also need to make sure Oregon is a place where all people are treated with respect and dignity regardless of their race, religion, gender, heritage, or sexual orientation.

    There have been reports of bigoted events around our state and country, and even in our own community. Lake Oswego is a politically diverse community united by tolerance. We need to reinforce that message with our children and throughout this community. Let’s be a model of how people with different views can live together and support one another as one community.

    This Friday there is a great march in support of love and diversity for Lake Oswego families. You can read more about it here. I hope you can join us for the event.

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    Starting Strong in the New School Year

    As a family with kids in school, our New Year begins in September. Every fall, each member of our family identifies key priorities for the coming year. As your state representative, I am doing the same thing.

    This year, I will continue to work hard, as I always have, to defend reproductive freedom, prevent gun violence and protect our clean air and water. I will also emphasize three key goals: increasing economic opportunity, strengthening our public schools and forging bipartisan solutions.

    Today I published a guest opinion about these goals in the Lake Oswego Review. Please read it and then get in touch with your ideas about how we can work together to make our state as strong as it can be. You can email me anytime at ann@annlininger.org.

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    Big Breakthrough

    Yesterday we passed a resolution at the National Conference of State Legislatures urging Congress to solve the cannabis banking problem and allow states to decide for themselves how to regulate cannabis. It was an important breakthrough.

    We did it with bipartisan teamwork from Oregon legislators Sen. Ted Ferrioli, Sen. Ginny Burdick, Rep. Jennifer Williamson, and former Senator Bruce Starr, as well as from Republican and Democratic legislators from around the country. At one point a Republican Senator from Utah—which allows neither medical nor adult-use cannabis—offered a compromise amendment that allowed the resolution move forward.

    We need more bipartisan teamwork like this to solve tough problems in our country. It’s great that work on the cannabis issue, both in Oregon and at our national summit, is providing a model for how we can move forward together.   

    There is much left to do – the federal government’s decision not to de-schedule is one example. I stand ready to work with you, and to work across the aisle, to keep making progress.

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    Speaking to the National Conference of State Legislatures about the importance of our resolution.

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    Strengthening Oregon Agriculture

    Yesterday I joined Rep. Dan Rayfield and Rep. Nancy Nathanson for a tour of Oregon State University’s Fermentation Science facilities. Students in the Fermentation Science program learn in a hands-on environment how to make, process, and test cheese, beer, and wine. They also work with scientists to perform critical research that helps Oregon farms, dairies, breweries, and wineries create the best possible products. When these students graduate, they take their knowledge into communities across the state and go to work to keep Oregon’s agricultural economy thriving.

     

    Learning about beer production in the OSU brew house.

    OSU is playing an important role in boosting Oregon agriculture, and that’s good news for our state. Agriculture brings jobs, wealth, and quality products to communities across the state. I look forward to working with my colleagues to find new ways to support Oregon State and our agricultural sector in the next legislative session!

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    Say cheese! These are some of the great cheeses produced in the Oregon State creamery. We got to sample some of them, and they were delicious!

     

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    Growing Oregon’s Food Economy

    Today I had the opportunity to tour Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center in Portland. The center works with businesses from around the world, including many Oregon small businesses, to help them develop products, run food safety tests, and grow their brands. We had a great conversation about the role of programs like this one in shaping Oregon’s food economy. I am excited to learn more about how we can grow our food and agriculture sectors in a way that helps both urban and rural Oregonians earn a good living!

    Looking at some of the many Oregon products developed at the Food Innovation Center.

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    Touring the Food Innovation Lab.