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    That’s a Wrap

    Yesterday we completed the 2017 legislative session. Together we made progress on important priorities for Oregon: increasing workplace fairness and opportunity, protecting vulnerable people, and creating a strong future for young Oregonians. I am proud to have helped pass bills that will advance these goals:

    I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with good colleagues from around the state and across the political spectrum. Please look here for more session highlights.

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    Mid-Session Update

    The 2017 legislative session is halfway over, and my colleagues and I have been doing a lot to improve workplace fairness, create economic opportunity, protect vulnerable people, and contain costs. These bills will make our state stronger, fairer, and more resilient, and I’m excited about how much progress we’ve already made toward passing them.

    Improving workplace fairness and creating opportunity

    • Ensuring equal pay for equal work, regardless of their gender, race, sexuality, disability status, or any other factor. (HB 2005)
    • Creating incentives for companies to help prevent workplace harassment and discrimination before it ever happens. (HB 3060)
    • Strengthening industries that create good jobs in both urban and rural parts of Oregon. (HB 2089, HB 2150, HB 2159HB 2160, SB 677)

    Protecting vulnerable people

    • Shielding vulnerable people from sexual harassment, sexual assault, and interpersonal violence. (HB 2955, HB 2972, HB 3279)
    • Increasing access to safe, affordable housing. (HB 2155, HB 2852, HB 3012)
    • Keeping our community safe from gun violence. (SB 719)

    Containing costs and prioritizing spending

    • Prioritizing treatment and limiting prison spending for low-level offenders who struggle with addiction. (HB 3078, HB 3380)
    • Reducing government operating costs by supporting service consolidation and reducing overhead costs. (HB 3374)

    From our federal government to our local economy, things are changing in dramatic ways. A prime example is the recent revenue package introduced in the Joint Tax Reform Committee. The proposal includes a gross receipts tax, which the Legislative Revenue Office expects to increase hiring and investment in Oregon while creating much-needed revenue for the state. I support this package in order to ensure adequate funding for education, mental health services, and addiction recovery programs.

    The work we’re doing in Salem sends a clear message: here in Oregon, we stand for equality, fairness, and opportunity. I am proud of the work we’ve done so far to uphold those values, and I am committed to continuing to support ideas that move our state forward.

    As always, please reach out to me with your thoughts and concerns. You can email me at rep.annlininger@oregonlegislature.gov, or you can call my office at (503) 986-1438. I look forward to hearing from you.output

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    Meet Our Team

    The 2016 legislative session begins in just under two weeks, and we are working hard to get ready. I want to be sure you know the faces and names of our staff team so we can be helpful to you:
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    Chief of Staff Hilary Sager: From Hood River, Hilary is a graduate of the Claremont Colleges, and she is our communications and website maven. In addition to running our office, Hilary is the staff lead on Judiciary Committee, M91 Committee, and education issues. Contact Hilary at hilary@annlininger.org.

    Legislative Assistant Allan Van Vliet: From SW Portland, Allan graduated from Occidental College, and he knows a lot about housing and the environment. Allan will be our staff lead on Revenue Committee, housing, environmental, and some M91 issues. Contact Allan at allan@annlininger.org.

    Rep. Ann Lininger: You can learn more about me by reading my bio on our updated website, and by checking out our team’s 2016-17 legislative priorities. Please contact me any time at ann@annlininger.org.

    We look forward to working with you!

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    Oregonians have a right to know

    More proof that Oregon should require public notice before helicopters aerially apply pesticide on forestland. On March 27th in Douglas County, several foresters were working at a job site when a helicopter flew overhead two times and sprayed pesticide on them. The workers were exposed to atrazine and hexazinone and reports are that they are in bad shape.

    This incident shows why Oregon needs a law requiring advance notice of aerial pesticide sprays. Neighbors need the opportunity to bring their children and animals indoors, and forest workers need to know so they can stay away from a spray area. Here is a copy of the complaint describing this situation.

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    Supporting Survivors

    Yesterday was an important day for survivors of sexual assault and for Oregon’s college students. The Oregon Alliance to End Violence Against Women hosted a Survivor Safety Rally on the Capitol’s front steps. We rallied in support of House Bill 3476, heard later in the day before the House Judiciary Committee.
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    House Bill 3476 would protect the privacy and confidentiality of sexual assault and domestic violence victims who seek counseling and support services, including on college campuses. Oregonians understand we need to do something to reduce sexual violence in our state, including on our college campuses.

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    A key reason survivors do not come forward or get help is fear that their painful, personal stories will become public without their consent. House Bill 3476 would protect survivor-advocate confidentially. During the hearing on HB 3476 we heard powerful testimony from victims, advocates, and law enforcement in support of the bill.
    Click here to watch the hearing.

    Many thanks to everyone who contributed to yesterday’s important activities.

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    Poison in Our Water

    In the 1990s, a regular person named Erin Brockovich exposed business practices that poisoned the drinking water of people in a small California town.  Today regular Oregonians are working to expose flawed laws and business practices that have allowed helicopters spraying weed killers to harm people, drinking water, pets, and wildlife near clear cuts.

    People near Gold Beach were harmed in October 2013 when a helicopter spraying pesticide doused many homesteads.  The chemicals made people sick, killed wildlife, and worse.  State agencies failed for months to share information about what happened.  Film students at the University of Oregon made a great documentary about this travesty called Drift:  A Community Seeking Justice.

    In July 2014, residents of Douglas County suffered similar harm when toxic fumes from the aerial spray of a nearby clear cut invaded their property.  People suffered headaches, their animals died, trees withered, and state agencies again failed to respond adequately.

    Around 100,000 acres of Oregon forestland is aerially sprayed with pesticides each year.  Forestland in Douglas, Coos, and Lane Counties are most intensely treated with these chemicals, but it happens in the Portland area, too.

    In Clackamas County, pesticide has been applied to over 2,000 parcels since 2004.  In Multnomah County, 217 parcels.

    “People’s drinking water flows through these areas,” notes a homeowner who lives by a clear cut in Clackamas County slated for pesticide treatment. She worries about the pregnant woman down the road: “What is going to happen to that baby?”

     

    Oregon’s inadequate pesticide controls are one reason our state has had its coastal nonpoint source pollution program disapproved by federal agencies, a decision expected to cost Oregon over $1 million in federal funding annually.

    This is a bad situation, but together we can help fix it:

    • Legislators are working to pass Senate Bill 613 which would improve advance notice, create buffers, and track the chemicals and quantities that are applied on forestlands.
    • Oregonians and nonprofit groups like Beyond Toxics and Oregon Wild have spurred creation of many bills this legislative session to address the issue, as well as a bi-partisan work group to develop a legislative fix. That work group will begin meeting on Tuesday.

    We need your help to pass meaningful reforms.  Please contact our office at (503) 986-1438 or email rep.annlininger@state.or.us to find out how you can help.

    Please also check out the great reporting Rob Davis of The Oregonian and Tony Schick of OPB have done on this issue.

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    Protecting People from Pesticides

    Today, a team of legislators introduced the Public Health and Water Resources Protection Act, a bill that will help protect people, pets, drinking water, and wildlife from pesticide poisoning that can result from aerial application of pesticide on clear cut timberland. We are working to improve notice for community members, buffers zones, and access to information about sprays that have occurred.

    Click here to read the full bill.
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    Following the bill’s introduction, the issue was covered by OPB, The Oregonian, The Register Guard, and The Statesman Journal, among others.

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    Giving Oregonians a Raise


    It’s not right that an Oregonian who works hard all day long should raise her kids in poverty.

    Most minimum wage workers in Oregon are women, and a large number of them have kids. Right now Oregon spends $1.7 million a year on food and shelter subsidies for low income people, and a lot of those people work.

    At a time when corporations are earning more profit than ever, we need to make sure that Oregonians who work hard all day long earn fair wages. That is why I am co-sponsoring a bill to move Oregon’s minimum wage to $15/hour over a period of years. Last week I testified in support of this bill at a press conference you can watch here. I hope you will join me in supporting this important bill.