By Representative David Gomberg, House District 10

Dear Neighbors and Friends,

This week the Legislature will hold a series of committee hearings for the last of our quarterly “Leg Days” prior to the 2023 session that begins in January and continues until June 25.

People often ask me about Leg Days and what your legislature is doing when not in formal session. I tell them that committees meet to discuss possible legislation and issues of concern. For my report this week, I thought I’d provide a bit more detail in the hopes you might find some hearings worth watching.

Among the lists below, you will find updates from the Oregon State Police on the implementation of Measure 114 (new rules for the purchase of firearms), a presentation I will lead on Investments in Rural Economic Development, a $2 million federal grant for NOAA to purchase land on Cape Foulweather and place it in conservation status, Universal Health Care, how sports events affect rural communities, a report on Trends in Health Costs, Seismic Safety, and updates on Wildfire Recovery. Those are just a few examples. But whatever your interest, I’m sure there are subjects being reviewed that effect and interest you.

Using the links to committee webpages you can see the actual agendas and support materials, members of the committees, and who will be testifying on each of the agenda items. You can also use the link on the right side of the page to watch the Committees live or later in recorded form.

For the first time since February 2020, committee meetings will be in person at the Capitol, though many of those providing invited testimony will do so via Microsoft Teams.

David at a legislative committee hearing

Wednesday, December 7

Senate Judiciary and Ballot Measure 110 Implementation, 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

  • Ballot Measure 114
  • Oregon State Bar (OSB) Update
  • Aid and Assist Update
  • Public Defense Services Work Group
  • Jail Health Care Standards Advisory Committee Report
  • SB 575 Juvenile Expungement Update and Upcoming Legislation
  • Introduction of Committee Bills

Senate Labor and Business, 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

  • Introduction of Committee Bills

House Economic Development and Small Business, 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

  • Semiconductor Industry Opportunities
  • Rural Economic Development
  • Oregon Cultural Activities Update
  • Impact of Sports Events on Small and Rural Communities
  • Understanding Oregon’s Tax Structure
  • Introduction of Committee Bills

House Housing, 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

  • Oregon Housing and Community Services 2023 Legislative Agenda
  • Eviction Data and Housing Stabilization
  • Oregon Housing Needs Analysis Implementation
  • Joint Task Force on Addressing Racial Disparities in Home Ownership
  • 2023 Session member Legislative Concepts
    • Sector Work Group Concepts, Rep Marsh
    • Urban Reserve Workforce Housing, Rep Morgan
    • Public-Supported Affordable Housing, Rep Neron
    • Minimum Lot Size, Rep Hieb
  • Introduction of Committee Bills

House Business and Labor, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Wage Theft in the Construction Industry
  • Wage Theft Enforcement
  • Update on Future Ready Oregon (SB 1545, 2022)
  • Update on Data Privacy Work Group
  • Introduction of Committee Bills

Early Childhood, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Early Childhood Vision for the State
  • Introduction of Committee Bills
  • Discussion of Personal Bills

Emergency Board Subcommittee on Education, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Higher Education Coordinating Commission – Oregon National Guard State Tuition Assistance
  • Teacher Standards and Practices Commission – Equity Centered Principals Pipeline
  • Department of State Lands – South Slough Capacity Building
  • Department of Fish and Wildlife – Culvert Projects with ODOT
  • Department of Fish and Wildlife – Wildlife Disease Detection and the Aquatic Habitat Conservation Plan
  • Department of Forestry – 2022 Fire Season
  • Department of Forestry – Forest Restoration Byproduct Commercialization
  • Department of Land Conservation and Development – Coastal Zone Management Capacity Building
  • Department of Land Conservation and Development – Cape Foulweather Land Acquisition

Emergency Board Subcommittee on Human Services, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Various Consent Grants and Individual Appropriation Items

Senate Rules and Executive Appointments, 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Executive Appointments
  • Introduction of Committee Bills

House Agriculture, Land Use, and Water. 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Integrated Water Resources Strategy Update
  • Water Recycling in Oregon
  • Willamette Water Supply System
  • Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities Rulemaking
  • Introduction of Committee Bills

House Health Care, 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Interim Reproductive Health Workgroup
  • Joint Task Force on Universal Health Care
  • Joint Task Force on the Bridge Health Care Program
  • HB 4003 (2022) Nurse Workforce Report
  • Discussion and Introduction of Committee Bills

Joint Gambling Regulation, 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Introduction of New Oregon Racing Commission Executive Director, Connie Winn
  • Overview of County Fair Horse Racing, Continued
  • Presentation and Discussion of Draft Interim Committee Report

Emergency Board Subcommittee on General Government, 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Consent Reports
  • Individual Items

 Thursday, December 8

Senate Energy and Environment, Senate Energy and Environment, 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.:

  • Introduction of Committee Bills
  • Department of Energy Biennial Energy Report
  • Small-Scale and Community-Based Renewable Energy Projects Study
  • Truth in Labeling Task Force Report
  • Embodied Carbon of Building Materials
  • Introduction to Member Concepts

Senate Health Care, 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

  • Health System Costs: Financial Trends and Impact on Oregonians
  • Financial Assistance and Charity Care
  • Prescription Drug Price Transparency Report
  • Joint Task Force on Universal Health Care
  • Discussion of Committee Member Health Care Concepts
  • Introduction of Committee Bills

House Environment and Natural Resources, 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

  • Introduction of Committee Bills
  • Committee Member Presentation of Concepts
  • Wildfire Habitat Conservation and Management Program Overview
  • Renewable Hydrogen in Oregon: Overview and Opportunities
  • Renewable Energy Siting Issues and Opportunities
  • Biennial Energy Report Overview
  • Wildfire Policy Advancements

Joint Legislative Audits, 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

  • Public Defense Services Commission Internal Auditor Functions Budget Note Report
  • OHA Prescription Drug Monitoring Program follow-up report (Report 2022-17) – Secretary of State Audits Division

Senate Natural Resources and Wildfire Recovery, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Oregon Wildfire Programs Update – SB 762 (2021)
  • Oregon Aquaculture Act Overview
  • Introduction of Committee Bills

House Human Services, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Preview of Concepts
  • Reducing Child Poverty
  • HB 2544 (2021) Update
  • HB 2102 (2021) Update
  • HB 2333 (2021) Update
  • Introduction of Committee Bills

House Revenue, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Introduction of Committee Bills
  • Property Tax Discussion – Part 3 of 3 (Exemption Policies)
  • Annual Property Tax Statistics
  • Tax Expenditure Report
  • Exemption Policy Overview
  • Policies Scheduled to Sunset
  • Administrative Issues
  • Data for the Legislative Revenue Office/Legislature

House Veterans and Emergency Preparedness, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Oregon Military Department Status and State of Readiness
  • Portland Air National Guard Update
  • The Oregon Civil Air Patrol
  • Gold Star Families Memorial Highway Legislation Introduction
  • Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission (OSSPAC) Overview
  • Oregon State Fire Marshal Agency Transition and Fire Season Summary
  • Emergency Management and Seismic Implications of Portland Area Bridges
  • Introduction of Committee Bills

Senate Education, 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Summer Learning Programs
  • Digital SAT
  • Educator Workforce Shortages
  • National Center on Higher Education Management System (NCHEMS) Report on Higher Education Landscape in Oregon
  • Introduction of Committee Bills

Senate Finance and Revenue, 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Tax Credit Report for 2023
  • Property Tax Exemptions Report for 2023

Senate Housing and Development, 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Affordable Housing Production
  • Workforce Housing Production
  • Eviction Date, Tenant and Housing Provider Impacts
  • Houselessness: Current Landscape and Policy Consideration
  • 2023 Session Member Legislative Concepts
    • Senator Steiner: Child Care in Residential Dwellings

House Behavioral Health, 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Introduction of Committee Bills
  • Oregon State Hospital Update
  • Mosman Decision and Impacts on the Community
  • Increasing SRTF and RTF Capacity
  • HB 2949 Implementation Update
  • HB 5202 Implementation Update

House Rules, 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Secretary of State Legislative Agenda
  • Election Debrief
  • Automatic Voter Registration
  • Racial and Ethnic Impact Statement Pilot Exercise
  • Member Concepts for 2023 Session
  • Introduction of Committee Bills

 Friday, December 9

Senate Human Services, 8:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

  • The Benefits Barrier: Stipends for Benefits Eligible Participants and State Boards and Commissions
  • Introduction to New Director of Oregon Department of Human Services Office of Developmental Disabilities Services
  • Paying Parents of Minor Children for Attendant Care Services: An Overview of Legislative Concepts
  • Kids Mental Health Package Overview
  • Overview of member legislative concepts
  • Introduction of Committee Bills

Veterans and Emergency Preparedness, 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

  • Introduction of Committee Bills
  • Purple Star Schools
  • Occupational Licensure for Military Spouses or Domestic Partners
  • State Income Tax Exemption for Military Pay Received by Oregon National Guard Service Member on State Active Duty
  • State Active Duty Pay Rate Development and Summary of Recent State Active Duty Missions
  • State Active Duty Command and Control Structure
  • My Health VA Portal
  • Emergency Management – Tribal Perspective

House Education, 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

  • Update on HB 2864 (2017) Cultural Competency Mandate
  • Update on Joint Task Force on Student Success for Underrepresented Students in Higher Education \Update on Enrollments at Public Institutions of Higher Education
  • Comprehensive Update on 3rd Grade Elementary Literacy
  • Introduction of Committee Bills

Joint Transportation, 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

  • Introduction of Committee Bills
  • Improving Safety on Oregon’s Roadways
    • County Safety Corridor Pilot Program Report (HB 3213, 2019)
    • Update on ODOT Safety Programs and Powell Blvd.
  • Safely Navigating Roadways in Dark and Rainy Conditions
  • Briefing on Tolling and Congestion Pricing

House Judiciary, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Introduction of Committee Bills
  • Oregon State Bar (OSB) Update
  • Public Defense Services
  • Introduction of OPDS Director
  • Criminal Justice Commission Update
  • Public Safety Measures
  • Consumer Privacy Task Force Legislative Concept Introduction
  • Discussion of Committee Member Legislative Concepts

Joint Emergency Board, 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Consent Grants
  • Consent Reports
  • Individual Items

Joint Information Management and Technology, 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

  • Oregon Broadband Office and Broadband Grant Programs
  • IIJA State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program
  • Introduction of Legislative Concept LC 966, Relating to Cybersecurity

Wildfire Recovery, 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Interim Committee Work Group Summaries
    • Disaster Recovery Authority Work Group
    • Firefighter Capacity Work Group
  • Agency Updates on Wildfire Recovery Implementation
    • Wildfire Recovery Housing Expenditures
    • Septic System Repair and Replacement Grant Program
  • Reflections on 2020 Wildfire Recovery

Many thanks to Senator Michael Dembrow for assembling these materials. He too has an excellent newsletter which you can subscribe to here.

I spent the weekend at a legislative retreat getting to know many of the new members and hearing details and policy updates for the coming session. Housing and homelessness will certainly be at the top of the list! But Saturday night I came home, dressed up, and joined Susan at the renewal of the Angels Anonymous Ball and Festival of Trees. Angels Anonymous is a non-profit foundation working to provide immediate and basic services to those in need in the greater Lincoln City area. About 200 people were in attendance.

Most of my time in the coming week will be spent in Salem. But I do plan to join the Pacific City-Nestucca Chamber Banquet on Tuesday and the Health District Gala in Newport Saturday. It definitely appears to be the gala season!

I’ll be visiting Alsea on Saturday in the newer part of our district with Commissioner Jacobson from Lincoln County and Commissioner Xan from Benton. Tuesday, I meet with the leadership of the Connie Hansen Garden to discuss the Phytophthora blight that threatens our rhododendrons and other native plans. I’ll do business grand openings at the James Lukinich Gallery and at Dominos. And I hope to drop by the Surfrider Volunteer Party.

Please enjoy this festive and celebratory season and remember to drive carefully on our cold and wet roads as I always do.

phone: 503-986-1410
address: 900 Court St NE, H-480, Salem, OR, 97301