District 6 
May 21, 2015
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 Early discussion on the House Floor - 2015 
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Democrats face pressure




SB 941 and other Anti-Gun Bills


I wanted to take just a moment and thank each of you who wrote regarding SB 941.  Whether you were for or against this bill I appreciate hearing from you.


As you may know SB 941 was signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown.  I am a believer in making good laws - laws that are enforceable, have content and means; laws which will truly make a difference in our society.  SB 941 is not one of those bills.  It is un-enforceable and many of our local law enforcement officers testified to that fact.  I do not like to have "useless" laws on our books. 

I firmly believe that I am sent here to Salem to improve our lives in Oregon; to pass laws that are well structured and have positive end results for all citizens.  SB 941 was not well thought out, was not vetted properly, was rushed through the legislative process with a predetermined result.  I am sorry my colleagues saw fit to pass
SB 941 into law.

Also, I wanted to take this time to alert you to two other anti gun bills coming through the process.  Please take just a moment and look up and read SB 525 and SB 315.  I believe these two bills have similar issues to SB 941 in that they are not thought through sufficiently.  I have to ask questions when bills come before me.


1>      How would law enforcement know someone has guns?

2>     Does law enforcement need a search warrant?

3>     Would law enforcement be searching a home without cause?

4>     If the recipient of the restraining order has not yet violated any laws and has not been convicted of anything (yet) can law enforcement truly confiscate guns without some sort of conviction?

5>     What about other "weapons" - such as baseball bats and knives?

6>     Does our Constitution allow for or demand a gun registry?

7>     Who has the right to know what I own or don't own?

8>     Does this law meet with the intent of the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Oregon?


The list goes on - but I believe you get the general direction - We all need to ask the "what then" question.  What happens after we pass a new law?  






Committees are heavy with Informational Hearings on topics of discussion.  Education time for Representatives.  Business and Labor Committee is still dealing with anti-business bills.  Very discouraging.   


You can go here:  Live Feed of House Session And watch the video of the Floor Session if you wish.  Floor Sessions begin about 10:30 or 11:00 every weekday during session. 



Elections matter!!  



    Just observing - do you watch the Floor Sessions? 


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If you have watched the opening ceremonies for the House of Representatives you probably have noticed that the audio is turned OFF during the Pledge of Allegiance.  Why is this?  Asking the Speaker of the House that question would be an excellent phone call to make 503-986-1200.




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Since the beginning of Session there have been four bills in particular which have been passed that concern me greatly.:

HB2007  - Makes imposition of disciplinary action against employee that inquires about or discloses wage information unlawful employment practice.
HB2177 -  Directs Department of Transportation to provide Secretary of State with electronic records containing legal name, age, residence and citizenship information and electronic signature of each person who may qualify as elector as prescribed by secretary by rule.
SB324 - Relating to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels; and declaring an emergency.
SB941 - Requires private person to complete transfer of firearm by appearing with transferee before gun dealer to request criminal background check or shipping or delivering firearm to gun dealer in certain circumstances.

If you follow the money on these four pieces of NEW legislation I believe you will understand my concern.  




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