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2021 DPO Platform Legislative Action Items for Consideration
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2021 Democratic Party of Oregon Platform Legislative Action Items for Consideration

Note: This document contains all items submitted for consideration as Legislative Action Items and has not been reviewed or edited by the Democratic Party of Oregon. Inclusion on this list does not constitute endorsement or support of a concept or legislative priority. The numbering system does not indicate level of preference.

Article 1: Economy & Labor

  1. We call on lawmakers to adopt a Universal Basic Income to alleviate poverty.
  2. We call for the continuation of the expanded Advanced Child Tax Credit, which has not only lifted children out of poverty, but has given families increased social mobility.
  3. Adjust tax structure for corporations who do not pay their employees living wage and benefits so as to reimburse Oregon taxpayers for the government subsidies provided, such as SNAP and the Oregon Health Plan.
  4. We support legislation restricting businesses' ability to classify workers as independent contractors.
  5. The use, production and sales of cannabis should be legalized federally, including allowing the cannabis industry access to the nation’s banking system. Cannabis retail is a legitimate business that will bolster our national economy.
  6. We support the creation of an Oregon public banking system to allow farmers, ranchers, cannabis businesses and others to access local banking in a way that is more equitable and that returns dividends to local communities.
  7. The US postal service should be fully supported so that it may continue to provide reliable, affordable and universal mail service.
  8. Enact legislation that will allow the US postal service to serve as a public banking option.
  9. Remove the current maximum taxable earned income cap for Social Security to ensure sufficient funds for the continuation and robust expansion of the Social Security program.
  10. Repeal of The Labor Management Relations Act of 1947, 29 U.S.C. §141-197 (Taft-Hartley Act) which unjustly restricts the powers and activities of labor unions. Pass HBR 842, Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2021, strengthening protections for collective bargaining and protecting workers’ rights to freely assemble and organize.
  11. Reinstitute the timber severance tax to support counties, incentivize better stewardship logging and longer rotations, protect drinking watersheds and pay for firefighting. Legislate a corporate tax on private equity landholding firms (e.g. REITs and TIMOs) to limit speculation.
  12. The use, production, and sales of cannabis should be legalized federally, including allowing the cannabis industry access to the nation’s banking system. Retail cannabis is a legitimate business that will bolster our national economy.
  13. Require that international trade agreements have enforceable labor, environmental, and human rights’ standards. No trade agreement shall give up America’s sovereignty or allow any foreign tribunal, government, or international corporation the power to change our laws and/or regulations.

Article 2: Education

  1. Schools and school districts must have policies and practices that proactively work to eliminate bias against marginalized student groups. Students and staff should be able to openly display positive imagery which reflects support for marginalized groups. Schools and districts must act quickly and decisively to interrupt actions that harm these groups.
  2. We believe school districts must prioritize measures to protect the physical, mental and emotional health of students, including statewide and/or districtwide temporary orders requiring protective measures to mitigate the transmission of disease. We support strong efforts to realize a science-based school counselors/social workers ratio to student population of 1:250.
  3. Revise corporate taxes to increase their contribution to the State general fund and enact financial services transaction fees solely dedicated to fully funding Oregon’s Quality Education Model.
  4. Enable Oregon students to attend public college regardless of ability to pay. Fund post-secondary public education for Oregon’s students, including community colleges, career/vocational training, colleges, and universities.
  5. Provide funding for school districts with critical attendance problems to hire additional staff to support families and students with attendance related issues.
  6. Set class size numbers based upon reliable age-based research studies to promote more equitable class sizes across the state.
  7. Ensure the rights of educational professionals to freely and collectively negotiate working conditions, wages, benefits, employment stability, and instructional and educational issues that enhance opportunities for student learning.
  8. Prohibit teachers and other school staff from bringing firearms to school.
  9. Require all school districts have policies to respond to federal, state, and local officials requesting records or access to students or their families. Require that families be informed that policies are in compliance with Oregon sanctuary law (ORS 181A 820).
  10. Enact Oregon (2017) HB2649 (Relating to procedures related to hostile education environments; declaring an emergency) to address harassment, intimidation, bullying or cyberbullying in educational environments, which was called for in DPO Resolution 2016-083: Regarding Bullying, sponsored by the LGBTQ (Stonewall) Caucus and approved by the DPO SCC on 01/31/2017.
  11. Eliminate all police-based SROs and move instead to having behavioral interventionists, mental health providers, and connections to other resources that reduce crime without over-disciplining students of color and perpetuating the school-to-prison pipeline.

Article 3: Environment

  1. Implement sustainable, renewable, public energy infrastructure projects to replace non-renewable energy infrastructure, utilizing publicly-funded retrain-to-hire programs, paid at union scale, and union project labor agreements, prioritizing Oregon-sourced materials and technologies, to prevent worker displacement, greatly reducing greenhouse gas pollution (especially methane, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen oxides).
  2. Prohibit the development of Oregon’s waterways and coastal regions for offshore drilling and the transportation and export or import of fossil fuels and fossil fuels derivatives.
  3. Require the state vehicle fleet to transition to electric over a short period of time. Provide funding to support transition to electric vehicles for city and county public vehicle fleets. Support a robust public transportation system, with incentives to switch to electric buses, both for public transit systems and school bus systems.
  4. Fully implement and fund management of Coastal Regions, and identify and establish additional marine reserves to ensure the sustainability of our ocean resources.
  5. Defend against efforts to diminish size or weaken the management of our public lands, including monuments.
  6. Ensure compliance with all agreements entered into at COP26 in Glasgow.
  7. Recommit to the enforcement of the Antarctic Treaty ensuring that Antarctica shall “continue to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and shall not become the scene or object of international discord."
  8. Pass S. 192, the River Democracy Act of 2021, protecting almost 4,700 miles of Oregon waterways to the national Wild and Scenic Rivers system to boost rural jobs and economies by improving drinking water and expanding recreational opportunities as well as reduce catastrophic wildfire risks.
  9. Implement and fund renewable energy infrastructure projects replacing fossil fuel infrastructure, utilizing publicly funded retrain-to-hire programs, paid at union scale, and union project labor agreements, prioritizing Oregon-sourced materials and community-based projects, and greatly reducing greenhouse gas pollution (especially methane, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen oxides).
  10. Prohibit the development in Oregon, especially in its waterways and coastal regions, of any new fossil fuel infrastructure, including methane powered generating stations,  offshore drilling, the transportation and export or import of fossil fuels and fossil fuel derivatives.
  11. Legislate and fully fund all Executive Order 20-04 climate programs. Adopt interim greenhouse gas emissions caps for all fuel and industrial sources for 2025, 2027 to achieve 50% emissions reduction from 2005 levels by 2030. Require reduction schedules to further reduce emissions by 7% of 2005 emissions annually thereafter.
  12. Apportion the quantified goals of Executive Order 20-04 by March 2022 to the directed agencies after auditing their actual progress.
  13.  Increase investment in residential and community-owned solar generation, microgrids, solar/wind and ground-or air-sourced electric heat pumps, with market incentives (e.g. feed-in tariffs). Use direct payment rather than tax rebates and other market mechanisms that support low to middle-income owners.
  14. Require all new buildings be constructed solar and EV ready and with 100% electric appliances by 2023. Require net zero greenhouse gas emissions building codes by 2030 without gas, ban gas hookups in new buildings as soon as possible and allow local jurisdictions to adopt advanced Reach codes.
  15. Prioritize aggressive action to decarbonize transportation systems funding those with highest climate and equity value and greatest reduction in vehicle miles traveled. Follow ODOT analysis plans to, at minimum, quadruple public transit, and build intra- and inter city bus/rail.
  16.  Develop mechanisms to incentivize urban tree planting, aforestation where appropriate, reforestation and silvicultural practices that enhance carbon sequestration (to meet forest stewardship certification at minimum), which result in longer rotations, preserve the largest trees, maintain a healthy, climate resilient multi-species ecosystem and water quality and quantity.
  17. Require application of the social cost of carbon to quantify the externalized cost of carbon emissions to evaluate all state legislation and policies and to then enforce carbon-lowering policies. Use a similar concept to budget in the cost of providing safe, clean drinking water in natural resources policies.
  18. Change the Highway Trust Fund allowing the gas tax to support the maintenance of existing roadways and creation of new alternative transportation infrastructure (bike, public transit, etc). Focus highway funding on improving arterials and infrastructure repairs, not expansion, thus increasing jobs in the next 2-3 years.
  19. Increase and fund education and incentives for agricultural and ranching sectors to reduce water use, soil compaction and erosion, increase soil carbon, and re-establish native soil biota so as to accelerate their transition from farming practices that degrade existing soil, mine soil organic matter and kill soil-borne biota.
  20. Legislate and fund an Oregon comprehensive greenhouse gas elimination plan (via Global Warming Commission or other agency). Require education, mitigation and adaptation plans, with quarterly progress reports, and have the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute prepare biannual reports on emissions and toxics scenarios with costs, jobs, GDP, and health impacts.
  21. Improve Oregon’s Forest Practices Act to ban aerial spraying and steep slope logging; protect rural communities, wildlife, drinking water quantity and quality; and increase post-fire protections and carbon sequestration.
  22. Change federal policy to set aside a 30% strategic forest carbon reserve, rescind logging quotas and re-evaluate the role of clearcuts, develop and increase staff for restoration, road decommissioning, wildlife, water resources and focus any wildfire risk mitigation strategies  on communities instead of backcountry forests.
  23. Create new gas-to-electric fuel switching incentives. Phase out all use of methane in buildings. Create retrofit programs to prioritize transitioning low-income and BIPOC households off gas appliances. Reject the gas industry’s false narrative about renewable natural gas. Expand Healthy Homes Act funding supporting whole-home retrofits for marginalized and frontline communities.
  24. Require and fund all school districts to conduct energy efficiency and electric transportation and fleet audits. Convert 50% of fleets to electric by 2030 and 80% by 2036.  Accelerate bus electrification by allowing electric utilities to finance them, their batteries or charging infrastructure, and be repaid through on-bill tariffs.
  25. Charge future emission fees on new non-electric vehicles when electric vehicle (EV) models are available in that vehicle class. Fund public EV charging infrastructure for all sized vehicles on highways and at multi-unit buildings and pay rebates for new and used (especially trade-in gas guzzler) EV sales. SB 1044 (2019)
  26. Enact the implementation of the Portland Clean Energy Fund model using unique funding statewide or in other cities.
  27.  Divest all state investment funds including PERS from fossil fuel companies and their supporting industries.
  28.  Require climate land use goals and actions to address current and historical injustice in land use planning including policies on public transportation and electrification access.
  29. Legislate mechanisms to reduce food waste by 50% to reduce another significant source of climate emissions.
  30. Pass Campaign Finance Reforms to reduce industry influence in legislation and administration.
  31. Create municipal and/or state banks for the purpose of funding community projects for the common good.
  32. Require and fund the appropriate Oregon Departments to develop and implement drought plans to reduce management practices and crops (e.g. clearcuts, tree plantations, hemp growing, alfalfa for export), in watersheds with summer streamflow loss or areas of declining groundwater, at the expense of other users.
  33. Upgrade fire-fighting jobs to protected year-round positions to oversee home hardening and defensible space fire protection and promote other forest uses such as recreation in our forests.
  34. Repeal the carbon-neutral and “clean” statutory designation of biomass and biofuels (including renewable natural gas ) and require an accurate, complete greenhouse gas emissions life cycle assessment of any materials considered for incentives as alternatives to those that emit greenhouse gases, whether fuels or building materials.
  35. Fully fund Oregon programs that protect and restore wetlands to ensure habitat for migrating birds and other wildlife, provide for flood protection, water filtration and for carbon sequestration.
  36. De-fund or abolish Oregon Forest Resources Institute and instead allocate funds to environmental education to provide accurate information and resources to Oregonians for restorative forestry and agriculture.
  37. Ban plastics in all food take-out, in-store dining and single use plastic. Ban Polystyrene outright. Institute new recycling management.
  38. Ensure that all Oregonians have a right to a livable temperature in their homes and workplaces and finalize rules and enforce safe work conditions for heat stress and smoke.
  39. Make Oregon’s ban on fracking permanent.
  40. We believe every new bill being voted on should also be rated by the amount of carbon it displaces, sequesters, or captures, then a “priority bills” list taken from all new bills ranked in order of most carbon reduction benefit to Oregon.

Article 4: Foreign Policy and National Security

  1. Enact "Universal Legal Representation" legislation to stop unlawful deportations and detentions, create pathways to work authorization & economic participation for immigrants and refugees, build stability in immigrant communities, enable family unification, and incentivize legal talent to stay within the state through partnerships with the three law schools in Oregon.
  2. Prohibit, by law, the privatization of any aspects of the U.S. Armed Forces.
  3. Close the detention camp operated by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
  4. Repeal all portions of the Patriot Act I, Patriot Act II, and National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, and any additional act that infringes on constitutional rights, including, but not limited to, surveillance without warrants, no-fly lists, indefinite detention without due process, intrusive airport pat-downs, and sneak and peek searches.
  5. Enforce and increase sanctions on Russia for their attempts to weaken and subvert American Democracy through the weaponization of information and cyberspace, as well as for their use of chemical weapons in the United Kingdom and the continued unlawful occupation of Eastern Ukraine and Northern Georgia.
  6. Repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and impose a two-year expiration on future authorizations granting the President to use force with an allowance for two-year extensions by a two-thirds majority resolution of the United States Congress.
  7. Prohibit the sale, current or future, of arms to Saudi Arabia until an independent Congressional commission reviews the role of the Saudi's in relation to the attacks of September 11th, 2001.
  8. Ensure that the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs and its programs are fully funded so all veterans receive the care and support each has earned and deserves, assuring that the healthcare needs of disabled, transgender, women veterans, and those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression are met.
  9. Fund more research and care for veteran suicide prevention.
  10. Eliminate all future attempts to privatize the Veterans Health Administration.
  11. Pass the Victims of Agent Orange Relief Act.
  12. Increase federal and state-funded employment training and assistance to all military veterans.
  13. We support legislation that forbids Medicare from making changes to, privatizing, or switching enrollees' plans without notice and consent. And, any unnoticed and not consented to changes done to enrollees' plans started by the previous administration and ongoing before this legislation is passed shall be revoked.
  14. We support legislation that mandates any increases of Medicare premiums be accompanied by a matching increase in Social Security benefits over and above the yearly cost of living increase.

Article 5: Healthcare and Public Health 

  1. We support vaccination requirements in any and all public, educational or employment congregate settings when the vaccine both protects the vaccinated and reduces transmission of contagious and potentially deadly contagion.
  2. Enact SB 168 (2021) which would require health insurance companies to cover full-spectrum reproductive health care for all patients including reproductive endocrinology and fertility care.
  3. Healthcare is a human right and we adopt an equitable, high quality, comprehensive, universal, publicly funded healthcare including general, preventative, emergency care plus vision, dental, hearing, prescription drugs, long term care, substance abuse, hospice care, and mental health services at the state and or federal level.
  4. Repeal the Dickey Amendment and resume public research into gun violence in the United States and fund comprehensive research to form evidence-based gun ownership and use controls.
  5. Fully fund community clinics and health centers that serve low-income, homeless populations, and rural populations.
  6. Because evidence-based practice tells us that creating time and distance between a person experiencing a suicidal crisis and a firearm is the best way to prevent death by suicide, we call for legislation allowing gun owners to easily transfer locked firearms to a trusted party for storage purposes only.
  7. Provide publicly funded training and resources to facilitate compliance with existing firearm storage laws, to promote safe gun handling, and to teach de-escalation and conflict resolution skills. Sponsor and support community-based initiatives to address root causes that contribute to gun violence and injuries.
  8. Fund research and development of authorized user recognition technologies for firearms in order to promote firearms safety. Require the Oregon State Police and other law enforcement agencies to adopt such technology when practical, to ensure a market exists.
  9. Fund publicly available offsite storage for firearms, in order to allow safe storage during a crisis, natural disaster, military deployment, change in family circumstances, or the like.
  10. We support reforming regulation of the state’s legal Cannabis industry. OLCC mismanagement has resulted in the rapid expansion of illegal growing operations leading to water theft, human rights abuses, collapsing prices and the growing presence of organized crime in Southern Oregon, draining resources rather than contributing to local economies.
  11. The federal government must protect public health during a pandemic by continuing to provide free access to vaccination and requiring proven mitigation measures such as mask use. Additional assistance must be provided to underserved communities. A permanent pandemic task force should be maintained at the national level.
  12. We support consumers’ rights to know the contents of food, including GMOs and pesticides, with clear, visible, unambiguous labelling.
  13. Make health care subsidies included in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) permanent. Subsidies provide a vital safety net for over 51,000 Oregonians and 3.5 million Americans who otherwise cannot afford health insurance. Use budget reconciliation to help prevent people from having to choose between health care and other necessities.

Article 6: Human Rights

  1. Repeal mandatory minimum sentencing in Oregon, allowing judicial discretion on individual cases.
  2. Prohibit privatized law enforcement, prisons, jails, detention facilities, probation, parole, and the outsourcing of food, phone and all other criminal justice related services to for-profit corporations.
  3. Prohibit immigration enforcement, including arrests, interviews, searches, and surveillance at medical and other health care facilities, schools, colleges, places of worship, courthouses, and government facilities.
  4. Adopt Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and/or other programs to keep families together.
  5. Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.
  6. Enact fully funded legislation by which, within ten years, every Oregon resident shall have, at a minimum, a private studio apartment in which to live.
  7. Make the lowest Social Security benefit high enough so a person could live on it. Those at the lower levels of the economy have not had jobs that paid enough to save or that had benefits such as retirement.
  8. Enact Legislation requiring landlords to allow their tenants to install portable cooling devices that conform to applicable law and safe installation standards and are maintained in good working order. Also require landlords to maintain safe indoor air temperatures in at least one portion of the premises.
  9. Require the State of Oregon and the United States to acknowledge the lasting impacts of slavery, as well as subsequent racial discrimination, and to establish and execute a plan to mitigate and make reparation for those impacts.
  10. Adopt an Oregon Homeless Bill of Rights or Right to Rest Act.
  11. Enact legislation banning the use of American Indigenous Peoples names, images, and symbols as Sports Mascots and retirement of all such Mascots currently in use in Oregon.
  12. We call upon the US Senate to ratify Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,. which the US signed on 24 July 2009 but has failed to ratify twice, and is the only major power which has not done so.
  13. Current laws intended to avoid intentional discrimination in jury selection don't adequately address implicit and institutional bias and Oregon must adopt court rules that go beyond those required (as set forth by the US Supreme Court in Batson v. Kentucky).
  14. All County Courts must fully staff and train Judicial officers, court staff, and probation offices must provide officers, to maintain treatment courts for at a minimum defendants suffering from substance abuse addiction and/or mental health challenges, for justice involved veterans, and to preserve intact families whose parents are at risk of prison.

Article 7: Infrastructure

  1. Classify internet service providers (ISPs) as public utilities; create laws that allow state and local governments to implement community owned ISPs; allow common access to publicly owned infrastructure, public rights of way, and utility easements, and provide funding for rural communities to access broadband internet.
  2. Prevent internet service providers from distributing or selling user data.
  3. Require all new construction to be fire hardened by undergrounding power lines and to require power companies to start retrofitting existing lines underground with a ten year plan to complete the work.
  4. Require use of Oregon building and construction trades project labor agreements on all fully or partially publicly funded construction projects.
  5. Fund quality mass transit systems within and between Oregon cities and a system that serves within and connects smaller towns to the larger transportation grid.
  6. In accordance with Article II D Section 2 of the Oregon Constitution, purchase or control, or otherwise fund the modernization of our electrical power grid system to accommodate the flow of renewable energy and to provide security, reliability, efficiency and flexibility for our electrical power system.
  7. Establish a statewide pilot to study, coordinate and incentivize commercialized hydrogen fuel and storage production.
  8. Encourage the legislature to require all publicly supported universities and colleges to evaluate their facilities, programs and practices, and determine the extent to which they comply with the requirements of the ADA, develop a plan to become compliant, and become fully accessible to the individuals with disabilities.
  9. We support legislation to promote and implement high speed rail or other high speed technology within Oregon and along the west coast to incorporate improved safe bike infrastructure, public vehicle sharing and intercity bus and rail systems.
  10. Fund the earthquake early warning system (“ShakeAlert”) for the West Coast to protect lives. Require funding at all government levels to upgrade public buildings with earthquake protection with priority for schools and Tsunami vulnerable areas.
  11. Prohibit Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from selling or distributing their customers’ proprietary or confidential information to third parties.
  12. Fund cities and counties to research and develop decentralized and publicly owned internet services for residents and local businesses; require citizen representation in any contracting between local governments and Internet Service Providers.
  13. Fund the development of state and local programs using peer-reviewed scientific evidence to prepare for and fight wildfires, reduce fuel loads to lessen fire severity, and create defensible space around infrastructure and residences. Invest in firefighting equipment and vehicles as a priority to protect lives, infrastructure, and forest services.
  14. Enact accelerated completion of the Oregon state bike plan, so that everyone can access safe active transportation routes.

Article 8: Protecting Democracy

  1. Enact National Vote by Mail.
  2. We call for an end to the US Senate Filibuster.
  3. Enact OVR+ legislation which will modernize Oregon’s Voter Registration system by allowing more people to register to vote online.
  4. We call for a restoration of voting rights to those currently incarcerated.
  5. Amend the U.S. and Oregon constitutions to clarify that the rights protected by the U.S. Constitution are the rights of natural persons only, and that the government shall regulate, limit or prohibit campaign contributions and expenditures to ensure that corporations and wealthy individuals do not dominate the political process.
  6. Oregon Voters overwhelmingly voted to amend our state constitution to allow campaign finance reform. If the Legislature is still unwilling or unable to pass campaign finance reform let us do it by a ballot measure.
  7. Pass a state law requiring county elections clerks to issue voter pamphlets with candidate statements etc. for all elections including local boards.
  8. Pass a state law requiring video recording and posting online and access to archives of previous meetings of: County Commissioners,  School Board meetings, Planning Commissions and other boards where taxpayer dollars are spent and regulations decided.  
  9. The Equal Rights Amendment, The Equality Act, and both The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act and The For the People Act, are necessary to achieve true equality and human rights and we call on Congress to pass them.
  10. Enact meaningful Campaign Finance Reform, closing loopholes in HB2680 and passing HB3343. Oregon Voters overwhelmingly voted to amend our state constitution to allow campaign finance reform. If the Legislature is still unwilling or unable to pass campaign finance reform let us do it by a ballot measure.
  11. Pass the "Protecting our Democracy Act of 2021" to curb executive power and prevent presidential abuses.
  12. Require the public release of tax returns to appear on the Oregon ballot for any high executive position, including Federal positions.
  13. Enact Ranked Choice Voting for statewide and federal elections to ensure our elected officials better reflect the will of the people, and to give voters more choice during elections.
  14. Abolish the Electoral College.
  15. Ban Presidential Preference Caucuses.
  16. Include Voter Language information in the publicly available voter file so organizations can better connect with voters across the state.
  17. We support the creation of a non-partisan investigative office to respond to requests for fact-checking, including statements made during political campaigns or in legislative sessions, and including misleading statements and terminology. Staffing will be primarily academic, with some balanced political representation, and provision for challenges and dissenting research.
  18. We support enhanced criminal penalties for individuals that unlawfully harass, threaten or assault elected public officials, appointed public officials; or employees of the state, Metro or any county, city, port, school district or any other special district in the state of Oregon.

Article 9: Science and Technology

  1. Fund basic and applied research and review at public educational institutions, including on climate change and emerging technologies.
  2. Fund the Oregon Global Warming Commission to ensure the development of scientifically-sound greenhouse gas methodology from all sources, including land use, land use change, and forestry.
  3. Create legal standards for drone use and other related technologies that prioritize personal privacy and safety standards ahead of economic benefits.
  4. Create legal standards to put ethics into practice in the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI), help society anticipate and direct the potential dangerous impact of Artificial Super Intelligence and to assure that AI works for the benefit of all humans.  
  5. Fund NASA to maintain a public, non-private, United States based system for accessing the International Space Station.  
  6. Fund the operation and maintenance of a truly international space station for research purposes.
  7. Fund the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to develop and share advanced techniques for disease prevention and treatment worldwide.
  8. Enact legislation banning the use of facial recognition technology by certain government agencies, requiring government agencies to report their use of facial recognition technology to the public.
  9. Enact Right to Repair Legislation.
  10. We believe Oregon needs to create a research fund reserved for Oregonian researchers (both unaffiliated and academic). The fund should be modeled on the National Science Foundation (NSF).
  11. We believe Oregon needs to incentivize science based businesses to move to or be created within the state so more of the scientists trained in the state can find work in the state.
  12. We support federal adoption of the same or similar privacy protections as EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, strict protocols requiring protection of personal data as well as strong requirements to inform and obtain consent from individuals regarding processing and storage of personal data and meaningful punishment for not complying.
  13. We support a voluntary national electronic health record with properly anonymized data available for researchers and federal agencies to identify potential bioweapons attacks, emerging epidemics, previously unknown disease etiologies, associations, and potential therapies.