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    The Oregon Equal Pay Act

    This morning, Governor Brown signed HB 2005, the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017. The bill protects workers from pay discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, race, or other protected class status. It’s an exciting step forward in our effort to improve equality in the workplace. It was an honor to work with so many great colleagues in this effort to improve economic fairness in Oregon, and I was proud to stand beside them and Governor Brown as she signed the bill into law. The Oregon Equal Pay Act is going to make a real difference for people and families across our state!

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    The team that helped pass HB 2005, the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017. Here’s to more great teamwork in the future!

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    Governor Brown and the great legislative colleagues I worked with to pass HB 2005, celebrating the bill’s signing in the Governor’s office this morning!


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    No Hate, No Fear

    Last Friday, two men were killed and a third was injured while defending two young women on a MAX train from a man yelling racial slurs. On Saturday, David and I joined hundreds of our fellow Oregonians at a vigil honoring the bravery of the victims and survivors of this act of violence. This tragedy stands as a reminder that in Oregon and throughout the nation, we must continue to stand united against hatred and bigotry. We all need to do what we can to make sure that everyone feels welcome in our state.

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    David and I attending a vigil in Portland honoring the Oregonians who were targeted, injured, and killed in an act of hateful violence last week.

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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.