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Laurie Monnes Anderson: Caring for East County
 

As 2017 begins, many of us are taking a moment to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments and thinking of the challenges and opportunities ahead. The same is true in the Legislature, and this time of year I can’t help but reflect on the good things we’ve done.
The 2017 legislative session convenes February 1, and I look forward to returning to the Capitol to continue fighting for Oregon families, creating a climate where local businesses thrive, and prioritizing funding for our public schools. These are the priorities I continue to hear from my constituents in District 25 and I will focus on advancing these priorities in the New Year.
You can follow my work in Salem by visiting my website or liking my Facebook page! I also encourage you to follow the Legislature’s deliberations through the Oregon Legislative Information System (OLIS), where you can find current information about bills, votes, committee agendas, legislative history, and much more.
As always, it’s important that I hear from you about your priorities. Your opinions are invaluable when it’s time for me to make decisions in the legislative process. If you have questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to call my Capitol office at 503-986-1725 or email at Sen.LaurieMonnnesAnderson@state.or.us.
Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and happy New Year!

New Laws: January 1, 2017
Senate Democratic Highlights:
SB 1503: Access to Affordable Primary and Mental Health Care
SB 1517: Encouraging Local Collaboration on Wetland Restoration Projects
SB 1524: Improving Ease of Access to Medical Marijuana for Veterans
SB 1527: Ensuring Efficiency and Accountability for Transit Riders
SB 1554: Guidelines for Managing an Individual’s “Digital Assets”
SB 1567: Criminal Impersonation
SB 1600: Eliminating the Statute of Limitations for First-Degree Sex Crimes with New Evidence
HB 4046: Enhancing Penalties for Poaching
HB 4053: Streamlining Brewery Licenses and Applications
HB 4067: Protecting Whistleblowers in Public and Non-Profit Sectors
HB 4082: Preventing Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
HB 4106: Ensuring Agency Accountability and Oversight
HB 4128: Preventing ‘Notario’ Fraud

Other bills going into effect January, 1 include:
SB 1599: Relating to calculation for maintaining status as a major political party
HB 4019: Clarifies duties of Executive Director of the Office of Student Access and Completion
HB 4104: Excludes health insurance offering limited benefit coverage from certain statutory requirements for health insurance coverage
HB 4121: Cancels 2017 restoration of Construction Contractors Board contested case process
HB 4140: Prohibits release of Sky Lantern in Oregon airspace

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Senate Democratic 2016 Accomplishment Summaries:
SB 1503 Access to Affordable Primary and Mental Health Care
Oregon’s Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants fill critical roles in our state’s delivery of primary care and mental health services, especially in rural Oregon. In 2013, the Legislature enacted a law to ensure that these providers are reimbursed at the same rate as physicians for providing the same services. Senate Bill 1503 ensures that these essential providers can continue to deliver quality, cost-effective care in underserved areas by making this law permanent.
SB 1517 Encouraging Local Collaboration on Wetland Restoration Projects
Senate Bill 1517 creates a pilot project in Tillamook County to establish a more collaborative impact review process for wetland restoration projects. SB 1517 authorizes the pilot project for 10 years, giving the Legislature opportunity to review it before making it permanent.
SB 1524 Improving Ease of Access to Medical Marijuana for Veterans
Under current law, individuals with valid medical marijuana cards are required to see a physician annually to maintain their eligibility. Senate Bill 1524 creates an exception to this requirement for 100 percent permanently disabled veterans, removing an unnecessary barrier by ensuring that these former service members don’t have to complete this process annually.
SB 1527 Ensuring Efficiency and Accountability for Transit Riders
Senate Bill 1527 makes changes benefitting public transit riders throughout Oregon by ensuring that funds placed on an eFare card will remain in the account and available to the rider in perpetuity, regardless of length of inactivity.
SB 1554 Guidelines for Managing an Individual’s “Digital Assets”
In today’s day and age, many of us have online lives consisting of electronic information such as photographs, correspondence and important business records or other documents with significant financial value. When an individual dies or becomes disabled, they often leave behind this digital legacy for friends, family members and other designees to manage. Senate Bill 1554 enacts the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, a national policy standard. The Act lays out clear guidelines, responsibilities and directives for account users to make clear their wishes for designees who are acting on the wishes of the person they represent, and for online providers who are often the custodians of these important digital assets.
SB 1567 Criminal Impersonation
Senate Bill 1567 closes a loophole in existing law by making it clear that it is a crime to impersonate someone with the intent to humiliate, harm or harass a person. SB 1567 provides an important mechanism to hold offenders, particularly those who use technology for violence or other harm, accountable for these kinds of abusive tactics. SB 1567 builds upon the necessary work the Legislature has undertaken in previous sessions to ensure that victims are protected in a fast-paced digital age.
SB 1600 Eliminating the Statute of Limitations for First-Degree Sex Crimes with New Evidence
Senate Bill 1600 authorizes the prosecution of first-degree sex crimes at any time after the crime is committed, if the prosecuting attorney obtains additional, corroborating evidence such as non-DNA physical evidence, such as a video or audio recording; confession by the defendant to that particular crime; statements by the victim made close in time to the alleged crime; or when multiple victims come forward alleging crimes similar enough to be on the same list of charges.
HB 4046 Enhancing Penalties for Poaching
House Bill 4046 cracks down on poachers by increasing penalties for unlawfully taking or killing certain game wildlife. The bill increases the maximum fine amount for illegally taking certain species and requires the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to revoke all licenses, tags and permits issued to those convicted of a first poaching offense. Upon an individual’s second conviction within a 10-year period, the bill prohibits the individual from applying for or obtaining a license, tag or permit. Upon a third poaching conviction within 10 years, all guns, boats, vehicles, traps and other implements used in committing the offense are subject to civil forfeiture. This bill is designed to address a key problem for rural Oregon communities.

HB 4053 Streamlining Brewery Licenses and Applications
House Bill 4053 expands the activities covered by a brewery license to include retail sales and special events. Currently, breweries may have to receive three or more separate permits to engage in these activities. HB 4053 makes this permitting process more efficient, helping breweries expand and do more business while maintaining public health and safety.
HB 4067 Protecting Whistleblowers in Public and Nonprofit Sectors
House Bill 4067 creates a new set of legal protections for whistleblowers and makes clear that these protections apply to all public and nonprofit employees and board members. The bill will promote transparency, helping to ensure that employees can safely report abuse, crimes and other serious misconduct in their workplace without fearing retaliation or discipline as a result of their disclosures.
HB 4082 Preventing Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
House Bill 4082 closes a loophole in Oregon’s laws to better protect victims of sex trafficking. The bill expands the crime of promoting prostitution to include bartering goods, services or anything of value in exchange for prostitution services, rather than strictly an exchange of money, as is in current statute. The bill comes at the recommendation of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Work Group, which meets regularly with stakeholders to address the needs of sex trafficking victims, many of whom are minors.
HB 4106 Ensuring Agency Accountability and Oversight
House Bill 4106 requires all state agencies to report annually to the Legislature on information related to the use of temporary rulemaking. This new requirement ensures the Legislature and Oregonians are apprised of agency rules and actions.
HB 4128 Preventing “Notario” Fraud
In Oregon, only attorneys and federally authorized individuals can provide legal advice on immigration matters. However, some unqualified individuals advertising their services as a “notario” -- a misleading term because, in many countries, “notario” refers to someone with the same training and authority as an attorney -- deceive consumers and provide illegitimate services. House Bill 4128 cracks down on “notario” fraud by strengthening penalties, tightening standards for becoming a notary public and providing law enforcement and other agencies with more effective tools to protect consumers and hold fraudulent practitioners accountable.

This ends our newsletter for January 2017.

Regards,

Laurie Monnes Anderson

As a nurse, Laurie Monnes Anderson has spent her career caring for East County families and she has a proven record of improving senior services, public safety, and government accountability.
 
“Laurie’s work has been vital to securing $2 million in funding for afterschool programs and making sure that the East Metro Gang Enforcement Team can keep East County safe.”
- Mike Reese, Multnomah County Sheriff
 
•Caring for our seniors
Laurie puts protecting seniors at the top of her priority list. That’s why she’s fought to toughen penalties against elder abuse.
Endorsed by Oregon State Council for Retired Citizens
 
•Caring for East County families
Laurie Monnes Anderson voted for the new paid sick leave law. She also supports equal pay for equal work to help hard-working families in our community build brighter futures.
 
“Laurie’s support for our new paid sick leave law will have a big positive impact on families across East County.”
- Mario Palmero, Gresham City Council President 
 
•Laurie Monnes Anderson cares about affordable housing
At a time of skyrocketing housing costs, Laurie Monnes Anderson helped pass legislation to ban rent increases in the first year of month-to-month rentals. Now, she’s working to increase protections against improper evictions and excessive rent increases.
 
•Accountable, transparent government
Laurie supports greater oversight of state contracting, more scrutiny of corporate tax breaks, and limiting lobbyists’ influence.

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