Legislative session provided help for many Oregonians
- Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
From protecting families facing foreclosure to helping coastal residents recover from recent floods, the February session of the Oregon Legislature produced real results for the people of Oregon. Just look at some of the accomplishments from the special session.
Improving long-term care for seniors
SB 1061 requires development of a comprehensive plan for long-term senior care. It allocates $12.2 million to improve access to adult foster home care, assisted living centers, relative care and in-home care including Oregon Project Independence.
Protecting our children
HB 3631 requires retailers to remove unsafe and recalled toys from their shelves.
SB 5556 allocates $500,000 for test projects to expand access to health care for children.
SB 5556 allocates $7.3 million for 200-plus case managers and assistants to protect foster children.
SB 1066 directs $350,000 from the State School Fund to improving Talented and Gifted Education.
Helping families facing foreclosure
HB 3630 ends mortgage rescue scams and improves notification for people facing foreclosure.
SB 1064 restricts mortgage loan originators and requires mortgage bankers/brokers to file reports.
Aiding victims of disasters
HB 3605 gives the governor authority to prevent insurance companies from cancelling policies following a natural disaster.
HB 3606 allows the state to waive a one-week waiting period to provide unemployment benefits to people who lost their jobs due to natural disasters.
It also directs a budget allocation of $500,000 to help local governments with disaster loans.
Improving public safety
A budget revision will provide funding for 24-7 Oregon State Trooper coverage on major Oregon highways
SB 1087 increases penalties for repeat property offenders and drug crimes and increases funding for drug and alcohol treatment to reduce future crime.
Help for our family farmers
HB 3618 provides an inheritance tax credit on small family farms, fisheries and woodlots.
SB 1067 creates statewide water storage projects under the Agriculture and Community Water Act.
HB 3601 establishes the Oregon Farm-To-School Garden Program to get local produce in local schools.
Improving government accountability
SB 1099 establishes the Committee on Performance Excellence to improve state agency performance.
Investments for business, housing and education
HB 3619 increases the amount of renewable energy tax credits from $20 million to $40 million It also targets $6 million to increase Oregon's investment in affordable housing.
We revised the budget to allow capital construction for expansions at the Oregon Institute of Technology and Clatsop Community College which will result in new construction jobs and new opportunities for Oregon students.
Deborah Boone, a Democrat, represents House District 33, which includes Banks.