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Andrea Salinas for State Representative

KEEPING KIDS, FAMILIES AND WORKERS SAFE FROM VIOLENCE

“Whether the problem is toxics in toys, threats from firearms in schools, or predatory employers, I will stand up to bullies on behalf of vulnerable children, their families and workers.”

Addressing K-12 Sexual Harassment

As a new legislator in my first short session, I introduced and passed House Bill 4150, to help K-12 students who experience sexual harassment, by providing them with greater transparency about the rights they have, resources available to aid in their recovery, and the protocols their school will follow in an investigation of a complaint. This bill is a good first step in addressing a much larger problem in our schools, and I look forward to introducing more comprehensive legislation next year.

Gun Safety in Schools

Oregon’s schools are a place where young people learn, grow, create and imagine. They should not be a target for mass shootings nor should students imagine where they’ll need to hide when they’re confronted with the barrel of a firearm.

The increase in mass-shooting at schools across the country has saddened all of us, but I couldn’t be more proud of the many young people around the country who have taken a public stand. This past March, over 200 high school students from Lake Oswego organized a walkout to protest gun violence in schools and came to Salem to hold a rally on the steps of the Capitol. These students demanded that they be able to focus on their studies without having to worry--on a daily basis--if their lives are at risk due to firearms in their schools.

Later that day, Governor Brown, Senator Rob Wagner, and I held a town hall meeting with the students in the Capitol Rotunda. They were also present when Governor Brown signed into law House Bill 4145, a bill that prohibits those with domestic assault convictions from purchasing firearms and ammunition. I am committed to making sure Oregon’s students are heard, included, and ultimately safe in their local schools.

Making Domestic Strangulation a Felony

Strangulation abusers are far more likely than other criminals to murder someone living in their household or a member of law enforcement at a later date. For years, misdemeanor strangulation offenses have often been dropped in plea deals, but making strangulation a felony makes it more likely that these violent criminals will be held accountable and their victims will be kept safe. For this reason, I led the 2018 effort in the House to pass Senate Bill 1562, a law that will make all domestic strangulation a felony.

Janitorial Sexual Harassment

Everyone should feel safe in the workplace. Right before the #MeToo Movement swept the world in 2017, I worked with then-Representative Ann Lininger and Representatives Andy Olsen and Rich Vial to prevent janitors who work alone at night from being harassed and assaulted by their supervisors in the dark buildings they clean.

The bill passed with bipartisan support but it needed a technical fix in the 2018 legislative session. Once again, I led the efforts in 2018 to work with the janitorial workers, employers and my now-colleagues to ensure workers can feel safer on the job.

HEALTH CARE

We must find a way to provide adequate health care to all Oregonians. Medical illness and debt is the leading cause of bankruptcy and missed work and school days. Until we can provide foundational health care for all, we cannot fulfill Oregon's economic potential.

EDUCATION

Full funding of our k-12 education system is a top priority for me. Too many of our students are not workforce-ready because we don't give them all the education they need. We have graduation and post-secondary education goals in place but our teachers and students can't be expected to achieve them without adequate resources.

ENVIRONMENT

We have already seen the devastation caused by global warming in various parts of our state. Protecting the climate is not only imperative to our economic prosperity and environmental sustainability, but also to our people and way of life as Oregonians.

Andrea Salinas

Meet Andrea

For more than 20 years, I have been working to protect and pass policies that help women and children, working people, seniors, and the environment. I have a proven record of bringing state elected leaders together to move a progressive agenda forward.

I'm ready to step up and lead - and to do it by bringing people along, leaving the door open, reaching out to lift others up, and bringing more chairs to the table. This is the type of leadership we need at our state Capitol, and I am asking for your continued support as Oregon's State Representative for House District 38.

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