Sen. Boquist: Lawmaker nepotism, Spy balloon, $1B bridge …

By Oregon State Senator Brian Boquist
Highlights, excerpts from Sen. Boquist newsletter


— Oregon mails 5,000 taxpayers’ info to the wrong addresses.

— Decoding Kotek’s $116 billion budget.

— Is this the year Oregon’s Legislature nixes nepotism? A lawmaker is pushing the conversation

— Beware of jury duty scams.

— OSP Release Footage From Traffic Stops of State Rep. Travis Nelson. The department also released police reports from interactions with the Black lawmaker from Portland. Oregon is one of the only states in the nation that doesn’t require body cameras for police.

— Lawmakers consider allocating $1 billion towards I-5 bridge.

— Some Republicans introduced House Joint Resolution 19, which won’t pass, but as written, it proposes an amendment to the Oregon Constitution stating parents have the fundamental right to direct the upbringing, education and care of their children. The major issue with this bill idea is it has the government stepping in and saying parents are in charge, which is a societal and God-given norm. Oregonians don’t need a blanket policy stating something obvious, but by making it a Constitutional right, it opens the door to future government changes.

— SB 19 would prohibit certain law enforcement officers, such as school resources officers or special campus security officers, from conducting interviews with someone under the age of 18 unless the person has consulted with an attorney. In a crisis situation, this currently reads that a resource officer would be liable for speaking to a student.

— HB 3057 allows corporations to serve on juries. This doesn’t seem like a huge issue because if there is a conflict, lawyers can prevent individuals from a corporation from being seated on the jury.

— SB 579 allows criminals to vote from prison.

— They left: Portland is losing some of its biggest fans. Rising taxes and a falling quality of life have some Stumptown die-hards voting with their feet.

— Unpopular opinion on the China balloon(s): As if the American Defense Department didn’t know about it and its trajectory? And China is collecting FAR superior data on American people from their WILLING participation on the spy app TikTok. China has satellites that take pictures of us every day of better quality than anything from this balloon. There’s a reason the “spy balloon” is clogging the mainstream media. What is the distraction from? Anthony Blinken is already using it as an excuse to not travel to China because American interests don’t actually want to put pressure on China for a plethora of reasons. We know China works with American MSM to push their talking points, especially during COVID. Who’s to say this balloon isn’t the same sort of thing.

— U.S. watchdog uncovers $5.4 billion in potentially fraudulent COVID-19 loans — obtained using over 69,000 sketchy Social Security numbers

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