Posts Tagged ‘Senator Mark Hass’
SB 254 establishes state standards to allow students to earn dual credits
SALEM – The Senate approved a bill this afternoon that will give high school students a jump on college credits and expenses by requiring school districts to provide or ensure access to accelerated college credit programs, also referred to as “dual credit” courses. Dual credit courses are those in which a high school student earns both college and high school credits.
Legislation includes ESD reform, help for rural schools, streamlining oversight
SALEM – The Senate approved a number of education bills this morning that illustrate significant reform of the state’s education system. The collection of bills complements work already done this session by Senate Democrats to increase oversight and set high standards for Oregon’s long term education goals.
“These continue to be challenging times for the state and for Oregonians. This is why it is more important than ever to use this session as an opportunity to reexamine how we deliver services in Oregon,” said Senate Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum (D-Portland). “Every session, Senate Democrats renew their commitment to fight for the best possible education for Oregon kids. This session is no exception and these bills are good examples of putting our words into action.”
SB 242 will provide greater autonomy, improve efficiency
SALEM – Landmark legislation to restructure the governance of Oregon’s public university system received broad, bipartisan support in the Oregon Senate this morning. Senate Bill 242 is the product of an interim workgroup that met to examine best practices for improving the quality, efficiency, and affordability of Oregon’s seven-university system.
SB 175 extends successful stimulus programs to train employees
SALEM –The Senate approved a bill this morning that will set up two workforce development programs modeled after successful programs funded with federal stimulus dollars. SB 175 would create the “Putting Oregon Back to Work Program” to improve Oregon’s workforce skills and the “Oregon Youth Employment Program” to provide teenagers with valuable job experience.
HB 3145 will expand and modernize Oregon’s pioneering bottle bill
SALEM – The Oregon Senate approved legislation this morning that will update Oregon’s 40-year-old bottle bill law. House Bill 3145 significantly expands the types of containers subject to the five cent deposit, sets a threshold for increasing the deposit to ten cents, and sets up a major redemption pilot project.
“Our bottle bill has successfully kept beer cans and pop bottles off our roadways and beaches for 40 years,” said Senator Mark Hass (D-Beaverton), chief sponsor of the bill. “Like a lot of us who hit middle age, we have to adjust with the times, yet we have to stay true to who we are. The Bottle Bill is not just words on paper. It is a symbol of what it means to be an Oregonian.”