The 2021 Legislative Session has Started
Hello fellow Oregonians,
The bills are beginning to pile up for the 2021 Legislative Session. The Capitol building has been closed to the public, a situation that I think violates both the letter and the spirit of the Oregon Constitution which requires that the proceedings be open:
The deliberations of each house, of committees of each house or joint committees and of committees of the whole, shall be open. Each house shall adopt rules to implement the requirement of this section and the houses jointly shall adopt rules to implement the requirements of this section in any joint activity that the two houses may undertake.
--Oregon Constitution, Article IV, Section 14
You can testify on bills, either remotely during the time the committee meets or in writing, before the committee meets. If you need help with this, you can contact my office and they will do their best to help you.
We have a lot of problems in Oregon that urgently need to be solved, and I fear that we're not doing enough to solve them.
- Younger students have been doing remote distance learning and many of them have fallen behind. No plan has been put forward to help these students catch up.
- Businesses have been harmed — even closed — by government imposed lockdowns due to COVID-19. I'm unhappy with the level of relief and I think we need to have a conversation about how they get compensated.
- There are many good proposals on the table for relief for victims of wildfire, which is encouraging. What's not being done is changes to forest management so that we don't have to repeat the Summer of 2020 for years to come.
Here is a list of just some of bills that you may find interesting that have been introduced for this session. Stay tuned. More to come.
SB 585 Repeals the state's preemption on concealed carry, meaning that if passed, any city, county, school or whatever, could pass its own laws on concealed carry and just by crossing a line, you could become a felon.
SB 619 Creates a state fund to pay a $123,000 annuity in reparations to blacks who can trace their ancestry to slaves.
HB 2238 Clarifies that if the Governor temporarily uses or possesses your property during an emergency, you are not entitled to compensation.
HB 2365 Bans plastic silverware in restaurants. Even if you think this is a good idea, the timing seems a little tone-deaf, given what we're up against now.
HB 2366 Allows incarcerated felons to cast a vote in the district that they resided (maybe where they committed their crime) prior to being incarcerated.
As of this writing, the Capitol remains boarded up, despite the lack of any credible threat to the building.
Representative Mike Nearman
House District 23
Email: [email protected] — I-phone: 503-986-1423
Address: 900 Court St NE, H-378, Salem, OR 97301