|On June 18, 2015 Governor Kate Brown performed the ceremonial signing of HB 2892 which designates that the POW/MIA flag will fly daily at the Capitol and on other state buildings that have the facilities - rather than just on six designated days. There are still over 83,000 missing servicemen and women - may the flag fly until they all come home. |
You Promised Me - You Said You Wouldn't
SB 932 - Extends eligibility for receiving Oregon financial aid scholarships and grants to certain students who qualify for exemption from paying nonresident tuition.
Last session when the bill passed allowing students of illegal presence in state tuition to Oregon Higher Education Institutions many individuals who supported that bill were reassured that the subject would not come back again asking for taxpayer's money. Well - that lasted about a year!! Those same trusting elected officials now have to return to their districts and explain what the majority party has done regarding non-resident students.
When one cannot trust their colleagues on their word there isn't much value left in this working world. For me, one of the idioms I have used through life and in particular through my time in public service is: " Once you prostitute your principles, you lose the very essence of your soul." I have learned over time this certainly does not work for everyone.
Today on the House Floor SB932 passed strictly on party lines. This law will allow students who are here illegally (regardless of the circumstances) to have a preference over Oregon Students when applying for Opportunity Grants. In other words we are making our own Oregon Students second rate citizens when illegal students have preference for school money provided by Oregon taxpayers.
I strongly feel that SB 932 places an undo hardship on students who are legal Oregon residents and who are not recognized as underprivileged. Student grants and scholarships used to be for all students - today we introduced segregation.
I spoke last weekend at a rally on the Capitol steps. The rally was to talk about unity, your constitutional rights, some Legislative issues and meet with others of like minds. Sheriff Joe Arpaio was the guest speaker so the rally became very controversial. Beginning Friday, June 26th with a remonstrance from Rep/. Joe Gallegos, followed by a remonstrances from Reps. Mike Nearman, Vic Gilliam and Sal Esquivel. I have attached a clip of my remonstrance and the other remonstrances can be found on the June 26th and June 29th Remonstrance portion of the videos of Floor Session. Enjoy!
Oregon, My Oregon the hits just keep on coming - I fear the state I have loved for so long is disintegrating before my very eyes. Your vote counts - elections matter!!
It appears we may be ready to "Sine Die" on Friday July 3rd. We are looking forward to the end - even if we have to come back for a couple of days next week - we are truly looking to get out of the building before anymore harm is done to this State. I thank each and everyone of you for your support, your kindness and your communication as we have moved through this difficult session.
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about 10:30 or 11:00 every weekday - we are just beginning to have two floor sessions a day - time to finish up the work.
Just observing - do you watch the Floor Sessions?
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