Have a Happy Independence Day
First and foremost, I would like to take this moment and opportunity to wish you all a very happy but safe 4th of July weekend. Wishing you, your family and friends the very best as we celebrate our Nation's Independence.
If you happen to live in Canby or are in the area you can see me in the Canby 4th of July Parade.Come by and say hello afterwards and meet my family and my staff. I hope to see you there. Be safe out there. Happy Independence Day! Have a Great 4th!
My New Committee assignment
I'm excited and very pleased to announce that Speaker Rayfield was very thoughtful and appointed me to the House Interim Committee on Early Childhood. This is right in my wheelhouse since, you may already know, outside of the legislature,I am the Director of our family business, Building Blocks Early Learning Center, partnering with my wife and mother to care for over a hundred children a day in our two facilities with 20 full-time employees. Being a member of this Committee is something I am very much looking forward to and I thank Speaker Rayfield for putting me in an area where I can excel and serve Oregonians well in my new position.
I am also on the House Interim Committee on Housing and a member of the House Interim Special Committee On COVID-19 Response
Committee on COVID-19 Response & OAR
During Legislative Days at the State Capitol, in the COVID-19 Response Committee, I asked about the Administrative Rule put in place by the Oregon Health Authority that doesn't allow unvaccinated persons into our schools. This goes for parents and grandparents. With a shortage of Teachers already being an issue, the question is when can we get families — parents and grand parents — back into the schools, able to assist teachers by volunteering their time to help with the students? When will we get families back together and no longer separated due to their inability to be vaccinated? These are people who have medical issues or exemptions, allergies to the vaccines or religious views that prohibit vax ingredients.
When this OAR was being made they let the public weigh in on the Rule, which in turn is, generally speaking, shaped by the consensus view or formed by the public comments and statements. However we don't have any idea what the public view is on the OAR because the comments have not been made public. Even as legislators, who are Representatives of the people to write laws, we have not even had the opportunity to freely see these public comments and therefore do not know if this OAR is going in the direction the people of Oregon desired to see. When I asked the question, "will these comments be made available to the public?" I was told yes during the committee hearing on 6-3-2022.
A few hours later I received an email from the committee administrator stating, "Individuals interested in getting all the comments received by OHA can submit a records request. Due to the volume of public comment received, OHA has indicated that there would be an associated cost to the request." In short, the public comments are not so public and if you'd like to look, them, over you'll have to do a Public Records request and you'll be charged for it.
The recorded meeting can beviewed here
The times to watch are at 20:01 to 21:35 minutes in and 2:07:13 to 2:10:10 two hours and seven minutes in.
What is an OAR?
Administrative Rules are created by most agencies and some boards and commissions to implement and interpret their statutory authority (ORS 183.310(9)). Agencies may adopt, amend, repeal or renumber rules, permanently or temporarily(for up to 180 days).
Q: Are OARs law?
A : Yes, Administrative rules are adopted to carry out laws and have the force of law in Oregon.
Q: What is the difference between Oregon Revised Statutes and Oregon Administrative Rules?
A: The Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) are the rules by which state agencies and sub-units operate. They are the strategies that agencies use to carry out the goals established by the Oregon Revised Statutes. Unlike the ORS, OARs are not officially adopted by the Legislative Assembly.
In other words these are laws being made by non-elected bureaucrats and not representatives put in place by the people democratically.
You make the call.
That's all for now. As always, I serve you and my door is always open. Please feel free to contact me or make a time to come into the office. I look forward to continuing to serve you as your State Representative and hearing any questions, comments, or concerns you may have.
State House Representative
James Hieb HD39
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1439
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-377, Salem, Oregon 97301
Email: [email protected]