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  Table of Contents  
  • End of Session Town Hall
  • Solidarity with Ukraine 
  • Legislative Agenda Updates
  • Committee Updates
  • Black History/Futures Month
  • Connect with Our Office
  • Emergency Rental Assistance
  • Resources

 End of Session Town Hall with Drea 

 

Save the date for our end of session town hall on Thursday, March 10th, 2022 at 6:00pm and tell your friends and neighbors! You can register below. Stay tuned for more details and guest speakers!

RSVP To The Meeting!

  Solidarity with Ukraine  

 

The people of Ukraine have called for support, the people of Russia have shown up in the thousands in protest of their government's actions, and people around the globe echo the demand for "No war". 

Oregon is home to thousands of Ukrainian community members. My solidarity and deep empathy is with you during this painful time. Please feel welcome to contact my office - your community supports you.

The Ukrainian peoples' sovereignty and freedom must be restored through their liberation. The people of Ukraine and all people deserve to live a life without fear of violence of oppression.

🌹🌹🌹

  Legislative Agenda Updates  

 

HB 4058: Heat Relief for Communities and SB 1536: Rental Rights to Cooling are being combined into a single bill through this -3 amendment


HB 4002 Farmworker Overtime: Passed out of the Joint Committee on Farmworker Overtime last night at 9:40pm! It's now on its way to the House Floor. To date we've heard and read hundreds of pieces of testimony. I heard that the tax credit is not a durable solution, that a higher hour threshold and seasonality should be considered, and that there is a real fear of going out of business should this legislation pass.

I share my thanks with my colleagues and local farmers for lifting these alternatives up. What I can't stop thinking about is some of the most compelling testimony I've heard throughout the short session from workers who were pregnant and working overtime or wondering if their lives would have been healthier or longer if they hadn't worked so much. I also heard from many families like my own who overworked themselves because there simply wasn't another option.

Me siento honrada de haber entendido sus historias y luchas. After careful consideration of the testimony heard and hundreds read, I voted in strong support of HB 4002 with the -A12 amendment.

Gracias to our incredible coalition and community partners, PCUN Oregon, AFL-CIO, and Fairshot For All Oregon for your fierce organizing work.

  Committee Updates 
 

Thursday, February 24th, marked the second chamber deadline which means that all bills that started in the one chamber in a policy committee and moved to a second chamber policy committee have to be worked on and referred out of the second committee to move forward. 


House Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources
Continued to stay engaged with public hearings this week. SB 1533 would make federally recognized Indian tribes in Oregon eligible for certain grants related to cleaner air spaces and smoke filtration systems and SB 1589 which would provide that the maximum loading weight of a motorboat must be less than 5,000 pounds to obtain a towed water sports motorboat certificate.  You can follow this committee on OLIS.

 

House Committee on Rules
Continued to stay busy. Beyond our regularly scheduled meetings, we have held special meetings to hear and work bills referred out of different policy committees. This week, we held hearings on several bills on a wide range of topics from making technical fixes to election programs, recycling programs, establishing a state bank, and updating Oregon statutes to remove the dehumanizing word “alien”. Follow along with our work here

 

Joint Committee on Ways and Means
Has been very busy as we convene to hold work sessions on all the bills that have been referred from their respective policy committees. On Wednesday, February 23rd, we held over 17 work sessions on bills that will make critical investments from funding the Universal Representation program to expanding services for current and former homeless youth. We will have another action-filled meeting on Saturday, February 26th where my bill HB 4157 is scheduled for a work session. Follow along with our work here

 

 Black History/Futures Month 

🌻 Celebrating the joy of this historic nomination of
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson!
 
🌻

For daily support, care, and joy - follow: 
@lovelandfoundation I @morganharpernicols 
 @blackforager I @iamtabithabrown


🦋 Happy Black History/Futures Month 🦋

  Connect with Our Office!  

 

Do you have a question, need support, or want to share with us something that's important to you? You can reach our HD 47 staff by sending an email  to Rep.AndreaValderrama@oregonlegislature.gov  or calling (503) 986-1447.

 Emergency Rental Assistance  


The Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance portal reopened on Wednesday, January 26th. 

 If you are in need of emergency rental assistance, once the application opens apply as soon as you are able as funds are limited, and the portal will stay open for a minimum of three weeks. 
 
Apply for Rental Assistance

  Resources Reminders 
 

 
 Non-Emergency Bias Response Hotline 

The Oregon Department of Justice now has a trauma informed hotline for community members who have experienced or witnessed a hate incident or crime. The operators on this line are trained to help survivors and there is multilingual support with interpreters in 240 languages.

The response hotline is open from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday PST. For community members with a hearing disability, please dial 711.
You can also visit: standagainsthate.oregon.gov

 Wellness 

As we continue to experience public health and safety issues due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many people are struggling with their mental health. Many feelings of fatigue and repetition are normal when navigating a phenomenon like this, but if you are consistently experiencing depression or hopelessness please talk to someone who can offer you support

If you are in need of food access or other services, please check out Street Root's Rose City Resource for a comprehensive list of supportive services. 

  • Lines for Life Racial Equity Line: 503-575-3764
    • Support by people who have lived experience of racism, weekdays 10am to 7pm
  • Call to Safety: 503-235-5333
    • Trauma informed support for domestic and sexual abuse survivors, 24/7
  • The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
    • Support for queer youth, 24/7 via phone, text, or chat
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
    • Support for people considering suicide in English and Español, 24/7 - you matter, please call if you are contemplating suicide. Also available for those who have a hearing disability. Chat option available.
       
 Covid-19 Vaccine Resources 

For the most up-to-date information, including eligibility for Booster shots, visit Oregon Health Authority (OHA)’s booster and third doses web page. Vaccines are safe and effective. To learn more, visit the OHA FAQ pageUse the OHA Vaccine Locator Map to find a vaccination site close to you.
 
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