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  • June 23, 2020 8:35 PM | Anonymous

    Attached are the Advisory Agendas for the Joint Committee on the First Special Session of 2020 for 6/24 and 6/25.




  • June 22, 2020 5:58 PM | Anonymous

    The First Special Session of 2020 Joint 2019-2020 Interim - Oregon Legislative Information System

    Oregon State Legislature Building Hours: Closed Until Further Notice 1-800-332-2313 | 900 Court St. NE, Salem Oregon 97301

    To Submit Testimony                         j1ss exhibit email

    A Draft Summary of LC 45 has been published ahead of the special session.

  • June 22, 2020 3:52 PM | Anonymous

    More information, to add-on:


    Wait there’s more!  One of things the release did NOT have was the links to the calculation form and instructions for borrowers doing the EZ that accompany both the EZ forgiveness application and the regular PPP forgiveness application.

    All of this information is on the SBA website in different places. However to try and put it in one package, below are links to those documents on the website. They are:

    • Loan Forgiveness Calculation Form
    • Loan Forgiveness Application Instructions for Borrowers
    • Loan Forgiveness Application for EZ
    • Loan Forgiveness Application Instructions for Borrowers using EZ

    All these documents are on the SBA website, so they are public information. I would suggest (just a suggestion), that as you distribute this information to concerned and interested groups you include the entire package by giving the regular EZ applications with the respective calculator and instructions, it will give people the full picture and provide more complete information.

    See links below:





    Irene Gonzalez
    Economic Development Specialist

    Boise District Office

    U.S. Small Business Administration
    (208) 334-1673

    Cell (202) 836-0104


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  • June 22, 2020 3:47 PM | Anonymous


    SBA and Treasury Announce New EZ and Revised Full Forgiveness Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program

    WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020, signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020.  In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, SBA also published a new EZ version of the forgiveness application that applies to borrowers that:

    • Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
    • Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
    • Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%.

    The EZ application requires fewer calculations and less documentation for eligible borrowers.  Details regarding the applicability of these provisions are available in the instructions to the new EZ application form. 

    Both applications give borrowers the option of using the original 8-week covered period (if their loan was made before June 5, 2020) or an extended 24-week covered period.  These changes will result in a more efficient process and make it easier for businesses to realize full forgiveness of their PPP loan. 

    Click here to view the EZ Forgiveness Application.

    Click here to view the Full Forgiveness Application.

    About the U.S. Small Business Administration

    The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov

    Irene Gonzalez
    Economic Development Specialist

    Boise District Office

    U.S. Small Business Administration
    (208) 334-1673

    Cell (202) 836-0104


  • June 22, 2020 3:45 PM | Anonymous

    Contact: Andrea Dominguez, Chief of Staff



    Oregon House District 60 Newsletter

    Issue #14

    District News and Coronavirus Updates



    Earlier this week, Governor Brown announced she would be convening the Oregon Legislature for a Special Session beginning on June 24. The policy agenda is a compilation of 25 policy bills to address police accountability and the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. The Governor has the authority to call the legislature into special session under Article V, Section 12, of the Oregon Constitution. 


    My hope is that we can use this special session to balance Oregon’s budget, review and weigh potential cuts to vital Oregon services, pass necessary and time sensitive policy tweaks and fixes, and deal with other negative effects of the Coronavirus closures.


    Clarification on Malheur County COVID-Related Death

    Last week, I shared that Malheur County had its first “COVID-related” death. I apologize for any confusion, alarm, or anger that reference caused, and I appreciate those who reached out to me with concerns. We’ve since been informed the gentleman died from a separate accident and it was only found after his passing that he tested positive for COVID-19. I referenced this as “COVID-related” because that is how it is being reported by the Oregon Health Authority. 


    In listening to your concerns and upon receipt of this new information, my office reached out to the OHA for clarification as to why this is classified by OHA as a “COVID-related” death. Here is the response we received:


    “As a public health agency, we are not in a position to determine a cause of death; that is appropriately left to a medical examiner or a doctor caring for the patient. So, for public health statistics, we record whether an illness is associated with a death, even if perhaps it is not the cause. Thus, the numbers we publish technically mean that there was a death of a person who had a COVID-19 infection.


    Falling off a ladder or being in a car crash are fairly obvious cases where the infection might not be the cause of death. However, it gets more complicated if a person had, say, a heart ailment; was the ailment or the infection the true cause? As I said, public health agencies leave that to the individual’s doctors and simply record it as a COVID-19-related death.


    The technical definition of a COVID-19-related death is:

    • For community: death of a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case within 60 days of the earliest available date among exposure to a confirmed case, onset of symptoms, or date of specimen collection for the first positive test; or someone with a COVID-19-specific ICD-10 code listed as a primary or contributing cause of death on a death certificate
    • For hospitalized: death from any cause in a hospitalized person during admission or in the 60 days following discharge AND a COVID-19 positive laboratory diagnostic test at any time since 14 days prior to hospitalization.


    My sincerest apologies for how this information was relayed, and my deepest thoughts and prayers are with this gentleman’s family and loves ones.

    House District 60 Coronavirus Update:

    Unemployment Update

    The Employment Department Director has stepped down, and a temporary Director has been appointed. Several legislative assistants from other agencies have been dispatched to assist in working through the backlog of individuals waiting for unemployment and PUA benefits. This has helped streamline the process and get benefits out quicker to those who have been waiting the longest. If you are still having trouble with your unemployment claim, please contact my office and we will do our best to help.


    DMV Update

    Due to the closure for several months of the Oregon DMV offices, they are working through a backlog as well. The DMV is reopening 38 offices statewide. To schedule an appointment, click here . Please note, all services that can be done online will not warrant an in-person appointment. Also, only a few offices are currently being allowed to conduct driving tests including offices in Coos Bay, Bend, Ontario, La Grande, and Klamath Falls. Other sites will be added soon.


    OHA announces funding opportunity for Community Based Organizations

    The OHA has announced funding opportunities for Community Based Organizations (CBOs) throughout the state of Oregon to support three areas of work as part of the COVID-19 response. CBOs are central to the success of this work to integrate methods, tactics and strategies that are most responsive to the needs of people of color, people with disabilities, immigrant and refugee communities, tribes, migrant and seasonal farm workers and LGBTQIA+ communities.


    The specific work areas include community engagement, education, and outreach; contact tracing; and social services and wraparound supports.


    To learn more or get details on information sessions in English and Spanish, please visit https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ERD/Pages/COVID-19-Funding-Opportunity.aspx .


    During these challenging and ever-changing times, please know we are here to help whenever and however possible. Our district office in Ontario is open for walk-in traffic again, but we do ask that you respect social distancing measures since my Chief of Staff, Andrea Dominguez, does have a compromised immune system. You can reach my office via phone at 541-889-8866 or via email .


    Stay safe.

    Representative Mark Owens

    House District 60

    Frontier Oregon—The Best Part of the State

  • June 16, 2020 6:32 PM | Anonymous

    Community in Action

    Covid-19 Rental Assistance

    1. Applicants must complete an application that is available at the drop box located at the front of the building – 915 SW 3rd Ave. One will be mailed to you, if requested.
      • Fill the application out completely
      • Sign the form
      • Provide information regarding COVID-19 – job loss, income reduced, etc.
      • Provide wage information and back up documents
      • Provide information regarding rental arrearages
    2. Completed application is required, confirmation that need arises from COVID-19.
    3. Drop the application off at the drop box, mail it, or call a Housing Advocate at 541-889-9555 to make arrangements.
    4. A Housing Advocate will review the application and connect with each person to discuss additional or missing information. This may be via phone contact, text, or other means agreed upon.

    For more information, please go to the Community in Action Website

  • June 16, 2020 6:30 PM | Anonymous

    June 16, 2020

    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown will convene a Special Session of the Oregon Legislature at 8:00 am Wednesday, June 24, 2020 to take up proposed legislation to improve police accountability and address the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “We are at a unique moment in America,” Governor Brown said. “I am calling a special session to take up two urgent issues facing our state: the COVID-19 pandemic and police accountability. Several pandemic-related policies that I have implemented via executive order, including the temporary eviction moratorium and protecting CARES Act payments from garnishment, should be codified in statute. And the public’s call for significant police reform is too urgent to wait until the next regular legislative session. It’s imperative that the Legislature take action on these issues right away.”

    Governor Brown is convening the special session under her authority pursuant to Article V, section 12, of the Oregon Constitution.

    The Governor added, “I expect to call a second special session later in the summer to rebalance our state’s budget. In the meantime, I will continue pressing Congress to support the state and local governments that are reeling from the economic downturn. Unless the federal government takes action, states like Oregon could be forced to make significant cuts to schools, health care, and senior services.

    “In the meantime, I am finalizing a list of $150 million General Fund savings for this biennium, to be released by the end of this week as part of my efforts to put Oregon’s budget on better footing.”

  • June 16, 2020 6:08 PM | Anonymous

    Senator Findley

    PHASE 2


    I hope this newsletter finds you in good health and spirits. We have all had to make sacrifices for the safety of ourselves and the safety of others that have had tremendous impacts on our communities all across Oregon. I have been working with my colleagues in the legislature, as well as your local elected leaders, to make our return to normal life as swiftly and safely possible.

    Reopening Oregon Phase 2 – What Does it Mean?

    On Friday, June 5th the first wave of counties entered into Phase 2 of the reopening process. This means more restrictions have been lifted as a result of COVID cases staying steady over the course of at least 21 days. Although shifting into Phase 2 won’t be returning back to Pre-COVID life, we will start to see more people enjoying meals in restaurants, returning to churches and places of worship. We will also see places like movie theaters, bowling alleys and arcades starting to open up with social distancing guidelines in effect. One thing that I worked on closely with my colleagues was making sure that reopening recreational pools were included in Phase 2 as it is vital to many of the small communities in my district.

    Reopening Oregon Phase 2 – What’s Next?

    In a handful of press conferences, Governor Brown has outlined Oregon’s reopening in three phases. As I mentioned before, the majority of Oregon counties have now entered into Phase 2. The guidelines to enter Phase 3 is that there is some sort of vaccine or treatment for COVID-19. Given the fact that it could be 12-18 months before we have an FDA approved vaccine, I have been working with my fellow legislators and county commissioners to form a proposal to have a secondary lifting of guidelines under Phase 2. This would allow for larger gatherings than those that are allowed under Phase 2 as well as other shifts in guidelines.

    Emergency Board Funding

    Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in Oregon, the Joint Emergency Board has met three times to provide relief related to the impacts the virus has had on all Oregonians. The first meeting followed the recommendations of the Coronavirus Response Committee. The following meetings were related to the distribution of Federal CARES Act funding that was allocated to Oregon. One major highlight for Senate District 30 in Emergency Board funding is the Rural Hospitals Grant Program which was approved on Friday, June 5th. These funds will help struggling hospitals who were hit particularly hard as a result of the COVID pandemic. Here are a list of notable allocations from the Emergency Board:

    • $75 million to support rental assistance, housing stabilization and mortgage assistance (in addition to $25 million in Hardest Hit money for foreclosure prevention).
    • $10 million in additional support to the Oregon Worker Relief Fund which supports Oregonians who are not otherwise eligible for unemployment benefits.
    • $15 million to support individuals having difficulty paying their utility bills.
    • $3.5 million to expand access to affordable telephone and broadband service for low-income households.
    • $4 million to support survivors of domestic violence.
    • $25.6 million to enhance behavioral health services for people impacted by COVID-19, with a focus on communities of color, our federally recognized tribes, and vulnerable populations.
    • $30 million in assistance to help child care providers stay in business.
    • $20 million to support the Rural Broadband Capacity Program to support safe distancing practices by connecting schools, health care providers and businesses.
    • $50 million for rural hospital stabilization grants.
    • $10 million to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for small businesses.
    • $3 million in technical assistance to minority- and women-owned businesses.
    • $1 million for 211 to maintain referral services during the pandemic.

    Changes at Oregon Employment Department

    One of the biggest frustrations during this pandemic has been the unacceptable handling of Unemployment Insurance claims since the shelter in place order began in March. On May 31st, Governor Brown effectively removed the Director of the Oregon Employment Department and replaced them with David Gerstenfeld, Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Division Director. Since this shift in leadership, we have seen immediate progress to process the claims backlog that has been building for months. If you are still having issues with your UI claim, please reach out to your legislators as we now have direct contact with assigned Employment Department liaisons and can try to help speed up the process for you.

    Virtual Town Hall – June 18th at 5:30pm (Pacific)

    On Thursday, June 18th I will be hosting another Community Conversation with Rep. Mark Owens and Rep. Daniel Bonham. The past four conversations we have hosted have been a great opportunity for us to engage with you in a time where we are discouraged to host in-person meetings. If you are interested in participating in the conversation, please register here.

    As always, I am here alongside and in service to you to answer any questions you may have about COVID-19 or anything else. Please contact my office if we can do anything to assist you during this time.

    Warm regards,

    LF Sig2

    Lynn P. Findley Oregon State Senator, District 30


    Salem Office

    900 Court St. NE, S-403

    Salem, OR 97301

    Phone: 503-986-1730


    District Office

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    252 B Street West

    Vale, OR 97918

    Hours: Monday- Friday 8:30am-4pm

    Phone: 541-473-4029

  • June 12, 2020 10:46 PM | Anonymous

    Contact: Andrea Dominguez, Chief of Staff



    Oregon House District 60 Newsletter

    Issue #13

    District News and Coronavirus Updates



    I’m sorry to share today that we’ve had our first COVID-related death in House District 60, an older gentleman from Malheur County who died from an unrelated issue and was later found to have had COVID. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family as they process this loss.


    Hopefully all businesses in HD 60 have seen an uptick in business as we have entered into Phase 2. Hopefully, church services were back last weekend. We continue to advocate for the new measures in Phase 2, which would allow for larger gathering sizes and hopefully allow us to plan for rodeos, fairs, and other outside activities this summer and fall. If you have ideas or suggestions that should be incorporated into our discussions, please share them with me.


    Yesterday, the Governor and the Oregon Department of Education rolled out their guidance and recommendations for school reopening. We are still digesting all the information. We are thankful the school districts will be enabled to design their own reopening plans, this is a win for us as we advocated for flexibility for school districts and not a one-size-fits-all approach. I will continue to advocate for a normal school year, as our children cannot be left behind.


    We are still awaiting an official call for a Special Session, but the dates are still unknown. I have personally spoken with the Speaker of the House (Tina Kotek) and Republican Leadership to discuss several issues in our district that might be able to be solved in the Special Session if they were included. These issues include a policy tweak for the Eastern Oregon Border Board, foreign exchange students, PACE insurance for school districts, local option marijuana taxes, a state-run meat processing plant inspection program, and other topics. I will continue to work on these issues, although some will likely not have any traction during the Special Session and will have to wait until next year.


    House District 60 Coronavirus Update

    House District 60’s current stats are as follows:

    Emergency Board

    Last week, the Emergency Board (E-Board) met and disbursed $247 million from Oregon’s share of the federal CARES Act funds. The funds will go to the following causes:

    • $75 million for rental assistance
    • $10 million for the Oregon Worker Relief Fund
    • $15 million for utility bill assistance
    • $3.5 million for broadband projects in low-income areas
    • $4 million for Domestic Violence survivors
    • $25.6 million for behavioral health
    • $30 million to support child care providers
    • $20 million for expanding rural broadband, including projects in Ontario and Burns
    • $50 million for rural hospitals, including the Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day, Saint Alphonsus in Baker City and Ontario, and the Harney District Hospital in Burns.
    • $10 million for PPE for small businesses
    • $3 million for technical assistant to minority and women-owned businesses
    • $1 million for 211 referral services during COVID


    High School Athletics

    On Tuesday, Senator Findley and I sent a letter to Governor Brown in support of the “Let Them Play” initiative expressing the concerns our constituents have shared with us regarding the restrictions on high school athletics in Phase 2 of Oregon’s reopening plan. The restrictions prohibit any sport that involves participants coming into bodily contact. 


    Make no mistake, these restrictions will affect our student athletes’ physical and mental health, and social development. These rules are onerous and not equitable, as the Governor plans to exempt professional and college athletes.


    A copy of the letter and petition to the Governor can be found here .   I encourage you to sign the petition and send a message to our Governor to let our kids play.


    Virtual Town Hall

    I also wanted to remind you that Sen. Findley, Rep. Bonham, and I will be holding our fifth virtual legislative town hall meeting, which will take place next week, Thursday, June 18th at 5:30-6:30pm (PDT). The event is open to the public and media; registration is required in order to provide virtual login information. Please register early in order to participate. 


    I hope to see you all there.


    Stay safe.

    Representative Mark Owens

    House District 60

    Frontier Oregon—The Best Part of the State

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  • June 12, 2020 10:33 PM | Anonymous

    Email from John Breidenbach @ ceo@ontariochamber.com

    Hope everyone is doing well.

    More than $130 billion is Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds is available, but the deadline for application approval is June 30, 2020.

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    5 Things You Should Know About the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

    1. There is more than $130 billion in PPP funding still available ... and now, more flexibility too.

    PPP funds are still available for small businesses, independent contractors, nonprofits and tribal businesses whose operations were impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak. And with the enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, there is more flexibility, such as the extension of time to spend loan proceeds from eight weeks to 24 weeks and the expansion in the percentage of funds that can be used for non-payroll expenses. Read more in this joint statement from SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.

    New PPP Flexibility 


    2. The last date on which a PPP loan application can be approved is June 30, 2020.

    While many extensions and flexibilities were enacted with recent legislation, one date still remains: the last day a PPP loan application can be approved is June 30, 2020. That means now is the time to apply for a PPP loan before time runs out. Find a PPP lender -- or even review PPP materials in 17 languages -- by visiting www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection.

    Find a PPP lender


    3. SBA Resource Partners can help you with the PPP application or loan forgiveness process.

    Through webinars, virtual meetings and phone calls, business advisers from the SBA Resource Partner Network are helping small businesses navigate through the PPP process. Plus, they are working with businesses on their individual recovery plans. Connect with a SBA Resource Partner near you or one of the many other helpful resources from the Federal Resources for Small Business website.

    Connect with an adviser


    4. We want to know how the PPP has helped your business. 

    We've been answering a lot of questions from businesses about the PPP process along the way. Now we want to hear the end result. Tell us your story of how the PPP has helped your business and your employees.

    Tell us your story


    5. Report fraud to the SBA Office of Inspector General.

    While new programs are helping people through difficult times, unfortunately, it comes with new avenues for scams and fraud. If you suspect fraud on an SBA program or want to learn more about known scams and alerts, visit the SBA Office of Inspector General website.

    Report fraud, waste or abuse 



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