Panelist will include:
OR Senators Deb Patterson, Jeff Golden & Lew Fredrick;
OR Representatives: Julie Fahey, Tswna Sanchez, Rob Nosse, Pam March
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by Mathias Quackenbush
Wyeast Unitarian Universalist congregation
Below, you'll find some notes I took in response to a number of legislators presenting on what has been done recently and what they hope to accomplish in the coming legislative session. It was cool to be surrounded by caring people and learn about the many changes we can make to make our part of the world called Oregon a better place in the coming year! You can reach out directly to the offices of any one of these legislators if you are particularly excited to support any one of these priorities!
Rep. Julie Fahey- Housing
-OR law center has resources and forms to help tenants assert their rights to be protected from eviction under the statewide moratorium.
-Tenant-based rent assistance has been made available through local organizations statewide.
-Landlord-based rent assistance, which will enable landlords to be compensated by the state for all back rent owed to them, will be available in the next month by application.
-Looking at a moratorium on foreclosures and mortgage assistance via a program called "Hardest Hit."
-Project Turnkey has been an exciting development: the state has been purchasing hotels to convert to emergency shelter and eventually to permanent housing for families in need (!)
-Wildfire: sheltering and rebuilding
To do: address racial disparities in accessibility of home-ownership, e.g. through down-payment assistance.
Supporting a more accessible Individual Development Account (IDA) program.
Option for tenants to cooperatively purchase mobile home parks.
Rep. Tawna Sanchez
-Supports for kids aging out of foster care
Commission to look at implicit biases in the child welfare system- e.g., is racism often coded as neglect?
Parents often say: "if I had the same allowance to raise my kids as foster parents get, I wouldn't have lost them in the first place." Something's wrong with that!
Supports for people in long-term care facilities during COVID
Redistricting, Policing, roads/highways (Education and Ways and Means Committees)
-Supporting the newly-passed Portland Police Oversight Board.
-Changing education at the state police academy.
"Resetting our system."
Wraparound services for early child education.
Rep. Janelle Bynum
"Rethinking the concept of "riot" and "unlawful assembly" and how that is used to wield violence against peaceful protestors. What policies would support de-escalation between police and protestors?
Maintaining accessibility of insurance for businesses in designated "riot areas."
Brady--> avenue to remove a cop
Pressuring the city of Portland to incorporate more accountability into police union contract.
Rep. Pam Marsh- Ashland
Southern Oregon lost 2500 housing units in the wildfires, including 1800 manufactured homes.
While economy is still rough for many poor Oregonians, the state budget projections are actually looking very positive as there has been an extremely unequal recovery- most of those who pay significant amount of taxes are doing fine.
Sen Jeff Golden
Clean energy: different approach from 2019 clean energy jobs bill, which sparked resistance as it attempted to focus on 3 sectors at once. Proposal is to start by focusing on the electrical generation sector- especially easy for Oregon to convert this sector to clean energy because of our heavy use of hydroelectric power. Utility companies are "largely on board."
-Emphasized the importance of climate legislation that addresses economic impacts on the poor. Talks about transitioning to wind and solar as "a move towards economic equity," as in contrast to fossil fuels these are smaller-scale, locally-generation "distributed power."
Rep Rob Nosse- Public health
-More equal medicaid reimbursement for telehealth services vis-a-vis in-person services, as adaptation to realities of COVID
-Capping increases in the cost of healthcare.
-A state public option may be possible- Washington just achieved this!
-Focus on behavioral health, especially housing for people with mental illness.
-Passage of drug decriminalization and psilocybin therapy initiatives are exciting developments for public health policy!
Mathias Quackenbush, MSW (He/him)