Senator Knopp Defends Public Employee Retirement Fund from Potential Losses from Forced Policy Change

SALEM, Ore. – Today in the House Committee On Emergency Management, General Government, and Veterans, Senate Republican Leader Tim Knopp (R-Bend) testified in opposition to HB 2601. The bill would force the Oregon State Treasury to divest from certain fossil fuel investments and is projected to result in a significant loss of returns from public … Read more

Oregon Senate Passes Bipartisan Childcare Shortage Relief Bill

Senate Bill 599 will allow childcare providers to operate in rental homes. SALEM, Ore – With overwhelming bipartisan support, Senate Bill 599 just passed the Oregon Senate. This legislation requires housing providers to allow childcare services to operate in rental homes when certain conditions are met. SB 599 will deliver relief in Oregon’s childcare shortage … Read more

Senator Anderson Appointed to Governor’s Housing Council

SALEM, Ore. –Senator Dick Anderson (R-Lincoln City) has been appointed to the Housing Production Advisory Council (HPAC) which will be tasked with formulating an action plan to meet the Governor’s 36,000-unit annual housing production target. Senator Anderson released the following statement: “It is an honor to be selected to serve on this Council and help … Read more

Senator Knopp Introduces Bill Sponsored by All 30 Senators

Legislation Bans Taxpayer Funded Out-of-State Travel Reimbursements for State Workers SALEM, Ore. – In August 2022, Willamette Week published a story which highlighted a Department of Administrative Services (DAS) policy allowing state employees to work remotely while living in states with no income tax, and having their travel reimbursed by taxpayers. The policy states that … Read more

Senate Republicans Protect Kicker, Urge Balanced Budget

SALEM, Ore. – Today, Governor Tina Kotek released her proposed budget for the 2023-2025 Biennium. In response, Senate Republicans released the following statement: “According to the most recent revenue forecast, Oregon families will receive an average of $5,200 back on their taxes in the form of a surplus credit known as the “Kicker,” said Senate … Read more

EQUITABLE OREGON: Senate Republicans Roll Out 2023 Session Agenda

SALEM, Ore. – Earlier today, the Senate Republican leadership team held a press conference outlining their Equitable Oregon Agenda. You can watch the video recording here. “It is important for [our Caucus] that all citizens of Oregon are heard and listened to,” said Senate Republican Leader Tim Knopp (R-Bend). “…We’re not here to burn bridges … Read more

State Representative David Brock Smith Appointed to Fill Senate District 1 Vacancy

SALEM, Ore. – Earlier today, Coos, Curry, and Douglas County Commissioners met in a joint session to fill the vacancy in Senate District 1 created by the resignation of Dallas Heard (R-Roseburg). The commissioners voted unanimously to appoint State Representative David Brock Smith (R-Port Orford). Senate Republican Leader Tim Knopp (R-Bend) released the following statement: … Read more

Senator Bonham Joins Leadership Team as Deputy Leader

SALEM, Ore. – In a meeting yesterday, Senate Republicans voted unanimously to add Senator Daniel Bonham (R-The Dalles) to their leadership team as Deputy Leader for the 2023 Legislative Session. He is joined in that role by Senator Dick Anderson (RLincoln City), Senator Lynn Findley (R-Vale), and Senator Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer), who were previously elected … Read more

Senator Girod, Senator Findley Criticize DEQ’s Ban on Gas Powered Vehicles By 2035, Push for Agency Oversight

SALEM, Ore. – Following California’s lead, on Monday, the Environmental Quality Commission adopted an Advanced Clean Cars II Rule, effectively banning the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035 and requiring manufacturers to follow suit. Senator Fred Girod (R-Stayton) and Senator Lynn Findley (R-Vale) released the following statement: “This action was taken covertly behind closed … Read more

Republican Leader’s Statement on Governor’s Death Row Commutations

SALEM, Ore. – In a press release on Tuesday, Governor Kate Brown announced that she will be commutating all 17 remaining death row convictions to life-in-prison sentences. Senate Republican Leader Tim Knopp (R-Bend) released the following statement: “Did the people of Oregon vote to end the death penalty? I don’t recall that happening. This is … Read more