Public Safety, Consumer Protection, and Families

I have written and passed bills to protect consumers, enhance public safety, and help Oregon families:

Protecting tuition that college students pre-pay to for-profit colleges: HB 3516 (2015) requires bonding, to protect prepaid  tuition if an educational institution closes. Chief sponsor. Passed.

Savings money for college students. HB 2832 (2015) prohibits certain fees such as transaction and inactivity fees, and requires all public and private higher education institutions to consider federal guidelines, and make public their contracts with third-party financial institutions. Chief sponsor. Passed.

Saving money for seniors: HB 4148 (2014) reduces the interest rate on deferred property taxes for seniors and disabled individuals.  Chief sponsor. Passed.

Selling or renting a manufactured home.  HB 3016 (2015) ensures that manufactured home owners can market and receive fair prices when they sell or rent their homes by adding ethical standards for park owners and their representatives who offer other homes to prospective 
buyers and renters.  Includes other changes negotiated by the Manufactured Housing Landlord Tenant Coalition.  Chief sponsor. Passed.

Buying a car HB 3137 (2013) ensures that used car buyers can find out if the car’s odometer is correct. Rolling back the odometer subjects buyers to inflated sales prices and unexpected expenses for repair and maintenance.  My testimony describes why we should be keeping odometer readings for all automobiles, not just those under ten years old. Chief sponsor; passsed.

Metal Theft. The theft of metal in Oregon has reached epidemic proportions over the past few years. Fueled by individuals with substance abuse problems (mostly methamphetamine) throughout the state, all types of metal -from copper wire and guard rails, to a statue of Sacagawea and an urn with ashes still inside- has been stolen and sold for scrap. This comprehensive law creates new requirements to make selling stolen metal more difficult, and creates penalties for those who either attempt to buy or sell metal known to be stolen. My bill, HB 2423, 2009-10, prohibited cash payment for metal, and called for tougher penalties when public safety is threatened by a theft, or when the cost to repair the damage caused by a theft is disproportionate to the value of the metal stolen. Those elements of my bill were incorporated into the final version of SB 570. Passed.

Criminal background checks. I have passed several bills that improve safety through faster and more complete background checks, while streamlining the process to save time and money for job applicants and employers.  HB 3198 (2013) closes loopholes that prevented full background checks, requiring local courts to send conviction info to the state. HB 3168 (2013) set sup a framework to start standardizing criteria and simplify processes across all agencies, where more than 50 separate processes had been set up.  HB 3330 requires use of electronic fingerprint capture, and HB 3331 enables a voluntary registry system to eliminate need for multiple background checks for same or similar jobs.    

visiting Circuit Court Cash for Gold. HB 4108 (2012) creates a statewide baseline standard for recording purchases that will bring second hand stores and trade shows in line with current laws governing pawn shops and scrap metal dealers.  Chief sponsor; passsed. 

Road safety: HB 3136 (2013) helps protect pedestrians, cyclists, other motorists, and law enforcement against the dangers of encountering a driver’s window tinted so dark you can’t see in. Owners of such vehicles will get a “fix-it ticket” and have an incentive to fix the problem instead of paying a fine and keeping the illegal tinting. Chief sponsor; passsed. 

Making criminal background checks more accurate: HB 3198 (2013) requires local justice and municipal courts to notify the State Police of criminal convictions, so that this critical information will be available for background checks. Accurate background checks help keep Oregonians safe at school, at home, and when doing business. Chief sponsor; passsed. 

Earned Income Tax Credit (HB 2970, 2009-10):  The EITC is a tax credit available to low income working people, which is currently under-accessed and under-utilized. This bill directs government to work more aggressively through greater state-agency coordination and outreach in order to get those individuals and families who are eligible the help they need. Chief sponsor; passsed.

Other bills that I sponsored

SB 946 (2007-2008): Requires certain employers to allow eligible employees to take unpaid leave to obtain services or treatment relating to domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.
HB 4077 (2012)  Directs each school district board to adopt policy regarding teen dating violence.  Passed.
SB 443 (2011-12)  Extends sunset on provision allowing federal forest reserve moneys in Douglas County road fund and Lane County road fund to be used for law enforcement purposes. Passed.
SB 447 (2011-12)  Provides that Department of Transportation may remove personal property deposited, left or displayed under state highway bridge along river within urban growth boundary after posting written notice. Passed.
HB 4077 (2012)  Directs each school district board to adopt policy regarding teen dating violence.  Passed.
HB 2242 (2011-12) Establishes Task Force on County Jail Populations to study methods for managing county jail bed demand.
HB 2824 (2011-12) Creates crime of trafficking in bicycles with a destroyed or altered serial number.
HB 2851 (2011-12)  Expands breaches of security for which notification is required under Oregon Consumer Identity Theft Protection Act to include written data that contains personal information.
SB 856 A (2007-2008):  Creates Smart on Crime Task Force.
HB 2569 (2007-08): Creates crime of unauthorized trading in telephone records.
HB 3515 B (2007-2008): Creates crime of online sexual corruption of child in second degree.
HB 3570 (2007-2008): Requires motor vehicle locator service provider to furnish information about location of motor vehicle to law enforcement agency upon request.
HB 2774 A (2007-2008) : Increases length of time ignition interlock device must be installed and used by person convicted of driving under influence.
HB 3251 (2007-2008): Requires Oregon Criminal Justice Commission to administer collaboration grants for local public safety coordinating councils. (Chief Sponsor)
HB 3336 A (2007-2008): Establishes Task Force on Mental Retardation in Capital Cases.
HB 3369 A (2007-2008): Requires county or counties to publish annual summary of changes made in response to recommendations made by local public safety coordinating council.
HB 3370 (2007-2008): Directs Oregon Liquor Control Commission to transfer amount equal to five percent of gross revenues derived from sales of distilled liquor by bottle to Oregon Criminal Justice Commission Account.