By Oregon State Representative Jeff Helfrich
The Oregon House of Representatives adjourned on Sunday evening and concluded the 2023 legislative session.
Representative Helfrich helped pass legislation that will benefit the people of House District 52 and Oregonians across the state:
- HB 2645 – Gives law enforcement more tools to protect communities from fentanyl.
- HB 3584 – Requires schools to notify parents electronically in the case of a security threat at their child’s school.
- HJR 16 – Refers measure to voters to ask if Oregonians want the Legislature to have the power to impeach statewide elected officials.
As Vice Chair of the House Committee on Housing and Homeless, Representative Helfrich was instrumental in the passage of the following bills:
- HB 2001 – The historic bipartisan homelessness package.
- SB 1069 – Allows landlords and tenants to communicate electronically if both parties agree to do so.
- SB 599 – Allow rental homes to be used as childcare facilities.
- SB 1013 – Permits counties to allow certain rural homeowners to have one RV used for housing on their property.
Additionally, Representative Helfrich helped secure funding for the following projects:
- $42,549 for planning and costs associated with replacing the Hood River County Courthouse.
- $1,500,000 for a school-based health center for the Gresham-Barlow School District.
- $850,000 for the Boring Oregon Foundation to purchase property for a community center.
- $50,000 for sound and lighting for The Dalles Civic Auditorium.
- $30,000,000 for the project costs for the Clackamas County Courthouse.
- $20,000,000 for the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge project.
- $2,000,000 for the East Metro Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention program.
- $5,595,000 for campus renovations for student safety and success at Columbia Gorge Community College.
- $5,000,000 for updates to farmworker housing.
Representative Helfrich (R-Hood River) released the following statement:
“It is an honor to be back in Salem working every day for the people of House District 52. There was a lot of big disagreement this session. It made things very challenging, but we passed some important bipartisan legislation, some of which will directly benefit the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood communities. I will continue to work in a bipartisan way to address Oregonian’s biggest challenges.”