Issues

I campaigned to be your State Representative with plans to make positive changes to Oregon.  I will always support policies that build healthy and safe communities, strengthen schools, support our economy and protect the environment.  In my first legislative session, I was proud to help tackle some of our state’s most persistent challenges.

INVEST IN PUBLIC EDUCATION:

Following decades of disinvestment in our public schools, the Oregon Legislature took decisive action to correct course and move our state in the right direction. The Student Success Act will invest $1 billion per year in early education and K-12 programs across the state, in an effort to build a model public education system. We also advocated for and won record higher education funding, including an expansion of financial aid that will help 2,500 more students afford to go to college.

STABLE, AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE:

Too many Oregonians struggle with the cost of health care. That’s why the Legislature stabilized funding for Oregon’s Medicaid system, which provides healthcare for Oregon families – including 400,000 children, as well as seniors and people with disabilities. In addition, the legislature voted to increase transparency in prescription drug prices, regulate how middlemen increase the cost of prescription drugs, and ensure non-profit hospitals are providing adequate charity care.

PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT:

Protecting Oregon’s clean air, clean water, and natural beauty is a top priority for me. The Oregon Environmental Protection Act ensures that certain strong environmental standards are maintained statewide. The legislature continued a moratorium on fracking and completely banned offshore drilling. House Bill 2007 will protect our air by requiring medium and heavy-duty truck owners in the tri-county area to begin the transition to cleaner burning diesel engines.

Bills I helped pass that made Progress For Our Communities:

HB 2005: Paid Family & Medical Leave insurance plan

HB 2013: Clarifies law to keep guns out of those convicted of domestic violence.

SB 608: Establishes a statewide rent stabilization law

HB 5005: Funding for the Clackamas County Courthouse

HB 2270: Refer tobacco tax & institute tax on vaping products to fund Oregon Health Plan

HB 3273: Prescription drug take back program (a tool to help combat the opioid epidemic)

HB 2658: Prescription drug price transparency, 60 day notice for increases

HB 2341: Expanded workplace protections for pregnant and nursing mothers

SB 526: Statewide voluntary nurse home visiting program to support families with newborns

HB 2164: Renews and raises the state Earned Income Tax Credit by 1 percent.

SB 577: Modernizes Oregon’s hate crimes law and better protect vulnerable members of our communities,

SB 52: Adi’s Act provides support to all schools to prevent youth suicide