Local Issues That Can Make a Big Difference
I’ve often said that a legislator from the Coast needs to be involved in the big issues. So yes, I’m working on the main issues before our legislature – education, job creation and heath care.
But a Coastal legislator also needs to be involved in small issues that can make a big difference for constituents. With most bills introduced and the session well underway, it seems like a good time to talk about the legislation I’ve sponsored or introduced that has a particular impact on our district.
Beach Debris: Current law says if you find something on the beach, you have to notify the county clerk and post ads in the newspaper. I don’t think many people know or follow that law. So I have a bill to change our basic lost and found requirements.
Research Vessel: Research is a significant, growing industry around Yaquina Bay. I’m working with OSU on securing a new research vessel to ensure continued success. Since only part of the ship’s schedule is required, I call it a floating research time share.
Small Business: I’ve sponsored bills to help streamline permitting and to consolidate information on how small businesses hire people. I’m also working with the Governor’s office on an innovative program to help fund micro-business start-ups.
Individual Development Accounts: I’ve sponsored a bill to help families with lower incomes save to buy a home, invest in education or start a business.
Distilleries: I have introduced a bill to help Oregon distilleries- like Rogue and McMenamins- sell their products with ease, increasing the presence of Oregon-based distillery products on the market.
Wave Energy: Hopefully you saw my recent column on this complex issue. I will be supporting various bills that would ensure the removal of wave energy devices if they are no longer producing energy.
Licence Plates: Watch for news on a stunning new license plate that celebrates the Oregon Coast!
Protecting Seniors: As an active supporter of Project Independence (to keep seniors in their own homes), I continue to promote legislation that will protect our most vulnerable Oregonians. For example, I have sponsored a bill that will alert identity theft victims when not only their digital- but also their written information- has been compromised. Additionally, I have sponsored bills supporting Grandparents’ Rights.
Community Colleges and Career Education: I’ve become a vocal and persistent advocate for funding our Coastal Community Colleges, Small Business Development Centers and Career Technical Programs in our schools.
Housing: Affordable housing is a critical issue on the Coast. People who work and live in our district deserve to have good housing options, and knowing 10% of our school children are homeless brings cause for alarm. I’ve sponsored bills and proposed amendments to make sure programs that support home ownership or subsidize housing costs are available in all parts of Oregon.
Locally Grown Products: I’ve endorsed legislation supporting local farmers and Buy Local programs, protecting farmland and marketing Oregon seafood. I’ve also co-sponsored bills limiting Genetically-Modified (GMO) Salmon and requiring labeling on all GMO products.
Transportation: I’m already on record supporting improvements to Highway 20 because I believe it will benefit the entire Central Coast. I’ve generally supported transportation and infrastructure improvements to help bring more customers to the beach and move our products from farms, fishing and dairy to market.
Not all of these measures will become law, and I’m sure that not everyone in our diverse district will support them. My 40,000 constituents simply don’t agree on everything. I respect those with opposing views and will actively seek out common ground wherever I can find it. I believe that working together, we can make things better.
I am grateful for the honor of serving as your State Representative. Please feel free to contact our office with questions, concerns or other issues- we are here for you.
Representative David Gomberg
House District 10