Rep. Dan Rayfield
Our office has drafted and sponsored numerous policies for the 2021 Legislative session that range from expanding access to health care to campaign finance limits. Here is a snapshot of some of the concepts our office will be working on:
Campaign Contribution Limits – HB 2680
Oregon is one of a handful of states without campaign contribution limits. This bill will establish campaign contribution limits to lessen the impact of big money in politics. Campaign contribution limits are the first step towards making the voices of everyday Oregonian’s as loud as big monied interests.
Increasing Health Care Access for Adults with Disabilities – LC 1148
We believe health care is a human right and increasing access at any opportunity is one of our top priorities. This legislation would allow adults with disabilities, who are otherwise ineligible for Medicaid, to re-enroll in their parent’s commercial health insurance plan if they lose coverage of their own, even if they are over the age of 26.
Buy Clean – HB 2688
Oregon agencies do not factor in the carbon footprint or environmental externalities of the products they purchase. HB 2688 would create a pilot program that requires state agencies to factor in the environmental costs of certain construction materials when purchasing those materials. The program effectively incentivizes the purchase of more environmentally friendly products that are more often made locally.
Consumer Protection & Worker Safety – HB 2682
In Benton County, we tragically saw the life-threatening consequences when construction vehicles and machinery are leased in an unsafe condition. This bill requires that all construction vehicles rented in the state be periodically inspected and be maintained in a safe and reliable condition.
Non-Lethal Wildlife Conflict Species Deterrent – HB 2689
The management of predator species on farm and range land continues to be a hot-button issue. Modeled after a program that began right here in Benton County, the Non-Lethal Wildlife Conflict Species Deterrent bill would create a pilot program to expand farmers access to non-lethal methods of wildlife deterrence. These methods of deterrence are more humane and often more effective than lethal means.
Ranked Choice Voting – HB 2678
As we have seen in Oregon and across the nation too many times, candidates win nominations and elections to office while receiving less than half of the total vote. Ranked choice voting (RCV) gives voters more choices, increases the diversity of candidates running for office, and ensures that candidates win with a majority of votes. In 2016, Benton County passed Measure 2-100 and used RCV during the 2020 November election for the first time!
Good Government and Ethics Loopholes – HB 2923 & HB 2922
Under Oregon law it is legal for a candidate to profit off their campaign funds by using those funds to hire a business that the candidate owns and operates. It is also legal for an elected official to purposely not disclose significant government contracts and legislative interests associated with businesses that they own. This bill seeks to eliminate both of these loopholes.
Visit the Oregon Legislative Information System to see more details about the bills that we will be introducing in 2021!
Sen. Rob Wagner
In addition to championing the Oregon Senate Democrats' agenda, I am working to pass legislation on a range of crucial issues for our communities. Some of the bills I'm supporting are described below:
Oregon Common Cause