MEET ROB NOSSE
Rob Nosse is currently the State Representative for House District 42 which consists of inner Southeast and a little sliver of Northeast Portland. He has been the State Representative for this area of Portland since 2014. He currently serves as the Chair of the House Behavioral Health and Health Care Committee.
He was also one of two Majority Whips, a role that is responsible for working with other members of the Democratic Caucus to track bills and priorities to ensure that there is support for passage of bills when final votes are brought to the House Floor. He is also the leader of a newly created arts and culture caucus that has focused on getting more support for arts and culture opportunities across the state.
Rob Nosse has worked his entire life to MAKE social change for students and working families.
For over thrity years, Rob stood up for working people as a union representative and helped raise the bar for middle class families.
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He also volunteers at his Church St Philip Neri, a Roman Catholic Church, and he still serves on the board of the Oregon Student Foundation, an organization that he helped to start.
Rob’s legislative accomplishments include:
Rob’s legislative accomplishments include:
HOSPITAL STAFFING - HB 2697 (2023)
Ensures safe nursing staffing levels to support the wellbeing of our critical workers and provide quality care for all Oregonians.
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ACCESS - HB 2002 (2023)
Restores the abortion rights
Oregonians had under Roe v. Wade, expands insurance coverage for gender-affirming
care, and protects Oregon medical providers' ability to give the best, most appropriate
care to their patients.
PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGER REGULATION - HB 2725, SB 192 (2023)
Creates regulation and transparency for pharmacy benefit managers, the middle person of the pharmaceutical industry, to decrease the cost of drugs for Oregonians and protect small pharmacies.
PEP ACCESS - HB 2574 (2023)
Improves access to life-saving HIV-preventment treatment, PEP.
UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE BOARD - SB 1089 (2023)
Creates the Universal Health Plan Governance Board to develop a comprehensive, flexible system for providing every Oregonian with affordable health care.
RIGHT TO HEALTHCARE - SJR12 (2021)
Rob was the chief sponsor of this joint resolution which would enshrine the right to affordable and accessible healthcare into the Oregon Constitution. This proposal will be on the ballot for Oregonians to decide in 2022.
COVER ALL PEOPLE - HB3352 (2021)
This bill expanded Oregon’s Medicaid program to cover low-income Oregonians regardless of immigration status. The bill’s goal is to combat inequity in our healthcare system that disproportionately impacts low-income and BIPOC communities. The bill put adults who are just barely over the federal poverty level on the path toward a healthy future. This isn’t just good for adults, it’s good for low-income and underserved families who will be more likely to enroll their children in health coverage when they themselves are eligible.
PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICE TRANSPARENCY - HB 4005 (2018)
This bill was critical in understanding the drivers behind drug price increases and helps the Legislature and state agencies understand how to tackle the spiraling costs of prescription drugs.
MOVING CLOSER TO SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE- SB 770 (2019)
Rob carried this bill on the floor of the House and championed it during the debate among his colleagues. It creates a workgroup to study how Oregon can one day implement single-payer care.
COVER ALL KIDS- SB 558 (2017)
This bill made all children in Oregon eligible for healthcare, regardless of their immigration status or their family’s income.
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH EQUITY- HB 3391 (2017)
Rob co-sponsored the Reproductive Health Equity Act, ensuring access to reproductive health for all Oregonians regardless of income, immigration status, or gender identity.
RECORD K-12 EDUCATION INVESTMENT - HB 5015 (2023)
Invests a historic $10.2 billion in the State School Fund, supporting Oregon’s K-12 students and educators.
EARLY LITERACY SUCCESS - HB 3198 (2023)
Invests $144.3 million to support evidence based, culturally responsive literacy strategies in and outside of the classroom, setting up Oregon students for future academic success.
EDUCATION WORKFORCE - SB 283 (2023)
Addresses the shortage of educators in Oregon’s K-12 schools by strengthening workforce programs.
GRANTS FOR CHILDCARE - HB 3005 (2023)
Increases the availability of child care by creating a grant program to provide financial assistance to help build and open new child care facilities.
NATIVE HAWAIIAN/PACIFIC ISLANDER PLAN - HB 3144 (2023)
Invests $2.1 million in the Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (NH/PI) Student Success Plan, providing targeted interventions to improve access to educational opportunities and support for NH/PI students.
HIGHER EDUCATION PACKAGE - HB 5025 (2023)
Higher Ed Opportunity Package - Invests $3.7 billion to ensure Oregonians seeking postsecondary education obtain high quality education. Includes $1 billion for the Public University Support Fund, $800 million for the Community College Support Fund, $308.4 million to the Oregon Opportunity Grant, and $24.2 million to the Tribal Student Grant program.
CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE TEACHERS - HB 2001 (2021)
Oregon schools need to retain diverse educators during changing economic conditions. Rob helped accomplish this by supporting this bill which requires districts to prioritize seniority while considering teachers with less seniority in order to maintain the proportion of teachers with cultural and linguistic expertise compared to teachers without such expertise.
PROTECTIONS FOR LGBTQ2SIA STUDENTS - SB 52 (2021)
This bill supported the academic success and needs of LGBTQ2SIA+ students and the bill accomplished this by requiring Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to develop a statewide education plan and advisory group for students who may be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirit, intersex, asexual, nonbinary, or other minority gender identities or sexual orientations.
ACCESS TO SANITARY PRODUCTS - HB 3294 (2021)
This bill ensures that all students have access to tampons or sanitary pads by requiring education providers, community colleges, and universities to ensure that tampons and sanitary pads are available in schools and gender-neutral bathrooms at no cost to students.
STUDENT SUCCESS ACT (2019)
Rob helped pass the Student Success Act, a one billion dollar per year tax on corporations to fund K-12 education, the largest business tax increase in Oregon's history. The Student Success Act was built on work that he did in 2017 as a member of the Revenue Committee.
HOUSING SUPPLY & STABILITY BUDGETS - SB 5511, SB 5505, HB 3395 (2023)
These bills invested nearly $2 billion to build on prior emergency investments. Funds construction of new affordable housing units.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING & EMERGENCY HOMELESSNESS RESPONSE PACKAGE - HB 2001, HB 5019 (2023)
$200 million investment helps shelter Oregonians living on the street, prevent more homelessness, and ramp up affordable housing production across the state.
HOUSE CONVERSION - HB 2984 (2023)
Allows local governments to convert commercial buildings to residential housing.
EXPANDING ACCESS - HB 3395 (2023)
Streamlines affordable housing production and increases homeownership opportunities, especially for BIPOC communities.
RENTAL ASSISTANCE - SB 282 (2021)
This bill extended the grace period for rent repayment for those who needed to utilize the eviction moratorium. The grace period will now expire on February 28, 2022, giving struggling tenants more time to pay back rent or find other forms of rent assistance.
HOMEOWNER ASSISTANCE - HB 2009 (2021)
This bill established temporary protections from foreclosure for homeowners behind on their payments during the COVID emergency period. The bill creates requirements for the lender and borrower to work out a foreclosure-avoidance measure, and requires lenders to allow borrowers to make missed payments at the end of the mortgage period.
BIPOC HOMEOWNERSHIP - HB 2007 (2021)
This bill adds implicit bias and racial bias training to mortgage loan originator licenses. The bill also establishes the 16- member Joint Task Force on Addressing Racial Disparities in Home Ownership, which is charged with continuing the work of the Task Force on Addressing Racial Disparities in Home Ownership.
HOMELESSNESS - HB 2004 (2021)
This bill sends $27 million to the Housing and Community Services Department for emergency shelter grants, $2 million for technical assistance for organizations developing and operating emergency shelters or transitional housing accommodations, and $18 million for the creation of navigation centers in McMinnville, Roseburg, Bend, Medford, Salem, and Eugene.
TENANT PROTECTIONS - SB 608 (2019)
This law creates the first-in-the-nation rent controls on a state level. It also limits the circumstances in which landlords can force an eviction, requires longer notice for evictions, and creates a system of relocation assistance. While this bill is a good start, Rob would like to see the state law repealed that blocks local governments in Oregon from being able to enact their own rent controls and other tenant protections.
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE DELIVERY INVESTMENT - HB 2757, SB 5525, HB 5026, SB 5506 (2023)
Building off of the $1 billion invested in 2021-2022, this $153 million investment will help stabilize mobile crisis response funding and coordination between care centers and response systems so that Oregonians can receive the care they need.
9-8-8 FUNDING - HB 2757 (2023)
Critical, stable funding for the 9-8-8 Suicide Prevention & Behavioral Health Crisis Line to help Oregonians in need.
OPIOID PACKAGE - HB 2395 (2023)
Bipartisan Opioid Harm Reduction Package that will address the state’s fentanyl crisis and save lives by increasing access to naloxone.
BM 110 FIX - HB 2513 (2023)
The Hope & Recovery Bill fixes Measure 110 implementation so that Oregonians struggling with addiction can receive the care they need and get on a path to recovery.
MEETING OUR WORKFORCE NEEDS - HB 2949 (2021)
We need to create a pipeline designed to identify, train, and retain a diverse behavioral health system workforce. By creating a behavioral health workforce that looks like the community it serves, Oregon’s behavioral health care system can improve outreach, cultural competency, and outcomes for BIPOC communities.
PEER RESPITE- HB 2980 (2021)
Oregon will now provide funding to peer-run organizations to operate peer respite centers, and to provide peer respite services to individuals with mental illness or trauma response symptoms who may need additional care.
HOUSING - HB2316 (2021)
The Behavioral Health Housing Incentive Fund was created using $20 million in state lottery funds. These funds are dedicated to the creation of short-term, community-based housing for individuals dealing with substance use disorders and other mental health crises.
BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE ACCESS - HB3046 (2021)
In Oregon it is too hard to get to see a therapist for an affordable rate or get other Behavioral Healthcare services and the providers of those services need to be paid fair wages.
CRISIS INTERVENTION - HB2417 (2021)
Oregon has to expand and shift our public safety efforts surrounding mental health and crisis intervention. The bill expanded crisis stabilization services, including short-term respite facilities, peer respite centers, behavioral health urgent care walk-in centers and crisis hotline center.
CLIMATE RESILIENCE INVESTMENT - HB 3409, HB 3630 (2023)
Invests $90 million in community-focused and forward-looking solutions to increase our energy efficiency, keep Oregonians safe from extreme weather, maximizing federal funding opportunities, and build a more resilient, sustainable, and equitable energy system.
DROUGHT & WATER INVESTMENT - HB 2010 (2023)
Invests $100 million in new and existing resources to ensure families, farms, and wildlife across Oregon have clean, safe water -- now and into the future.
CLEAN ENERGY - HB2021 (2021)
We need to take bold action on climate change. This bill requires retail electricity providers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with electricity sold to Oregon consumers to 80 percent below baseline emissions levels by 2030, 90 percent below baseline emissions levels by 2035 and 100 percent below baseline emissions levels by 2040. Requires electric companies to develop clean energy plans and electricity service suppliers to report information for meeting clean energy targets.
WILDFIRE PREPARATION - SB762 (2021)
The Labor Day Weekend 2020 wildfires quickly swept into habituated areas, a sign of the growing intensity of the wildfire season due to climate change. SB 762 will mitigate future destruction and death from wildfire by establishing safeguards and defensible space regulations for high- and extreme risk areas, similar to what is in place in many other states in the West. The bill also came with $200 million in wildfire mitigation and response funding.
RECYCLING - SB582 (2021)
This bill establishes statewide recycling rates for plastic and recycling contamination reduction goals, and requires large producers of packaging, paper products, and food service ware to help fund the expansion of recycling services.
HEALTHY HOMES - HB 2842 (2021)
The bill establishes the Healthy Homes Program within the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to provide grants to eligible entities for financial assistance to low income households and communities impacted by environmental justice factors, as well as to landlords for the repair and rehabilitation of residential dwelling units.
DIESEL POLLUTION REGULATIONS - HB 2007 (2019)
Oregon has one of the highest rates of both diesel pollution and asthma in the country. This bill sets a timeline to phase out the dirtiest diesel engines in the Portland Metro Area. Rob is also on a newly created diesel pollution taskforce to find funding mechanisms to help businesses upgrade their fleets to meet the new standards.
SINGLE-USE PLASTICS - HB 2509 (2019):
Single-use plastics cause a great deal of environmental damage. HB 2509 bans the use of single-use plastic bags from being used in retail stores and restaurants.
ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND WORKERS' RIGHTS
EARLY CHILDHOOD INVESTMENT - (2023)
A $172 million investment that addresses the cost-of-living crisis, helps reduce child poverty and supports systemic investments in happy, healthy families. Another $1.2 billion was invested in the Department of Early Learning and Childcare (DELC) to give the newly independent agency a stable foundation for its vital work.
OREGON KID’S CREDIT - HB 3235 (2023) Helps struggling parents make ends meet and lifts families out of poverty with a child tax credit that will provide $1,000 -per-child annually.
OREGON CHIPS ACT - SB 4 (2023)Invests $260 million to secure Oregon as a global leader in the semiconductor industry, create good paying jobs, and boost our economy for generations to come.
ECONOMIC INCENTIVES MODERNIZATION PACKAGE - HB 2009 92023)
Aligns Oregon’s tax incentive structure with Oregon values and bolsters our economy by creating a Research and Development tax credit, extending the Enterprise Zone Program, and updating the Strategic Investment Program.
CHILD CARE - HB 3073 (2021)
At the beginning of the pandemic, Oregon saw close to 50% of the state’s child care capacity evaporate. While most providers have reopened, every county in the state is still considered a child care desert. This bill reforms Oregon’s childcare system, establishing the Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC). The legislation creates more financial stability for providers and parents, including low-income and single parent families, BIPOC mothers and caregivers.
SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT - HB 2266
In 2021 we created a program for small businesses, and especially BIPOC-owned small businesses, to receive financial support and promote economic equity. This legislation will require Business Oregon to make awards to lenders to fund the lenders' loan loss reserve accounts, and to establish a program to make loans to eligible businesses. The measure appropriates $10 million from the General Fund to each program.
ESSENTIAL WORKER SAFETY - SB483 (2021)
Essential workers are the backbone of the economy and have kept everyone safe. This legislation makes sure workers, who risked their lives during the pandemic to keep us afloat, have adequate and safe working conditions.
PAID SICK LEAVE - SB 588 (2021)
The goal of this legislation is to close the loophole that left out union members hired through hiring halls. This bill is common sense and protects workers, who shouldn’t be expected to come to work sick.
PAID FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE - HB 2005 (2019)
Every Oregonian should be able to take care of a loved one in the event of an illness or the arrival of a new baby. Rob worked to pass HB 2005 to create a statewide insurance program so that no Oregonian has to decide between paying their bills and taking care of a loved one.
WORKPLACE FAIRNESS ACT - SB 726 (2019)
This bill creates important protections for Oregonians facing sexual harassment in the workplace and makes it more difficult for employers to sidestep harassment or discrimination claims. SB 726 also creates protections against discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, religion, sex, gender identity, disability, and other protected classes.
EQUALITY AND JUSTICE
GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION - HB 2005 (2023)
This bill makes communities safer, helps law enforcement do their jobs, and
respects responsible gun owners.
BANNING THE LGBTQ2SIA+ PANIC DEFENSE SB704 (2021)
The LGBTQ2SIA+ panic defense is when a defendant claims to have acted in a state of violent, temporary insanity, committing assault or murder, because of unwanted same-sex sexual advances. This is unacceptable and we banned it.
POLICE MISCONDUCT - HB 2929 (2021)
This bill strengthens requirements for reporting police misconduct and violation of agency standards within 72 hours, building off of HB 4205 from the 2020 special session. Further, the directs the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to establish and maintain a form for reports of misconduct or violation of standards.
POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY - HB 3145 (2021)
This bill requires law enforcement agencies to report any discipline resulting in economic sanctions against an officer to the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) for publication on their database.
CROWN ACT - HB 2935 (2021)
This bill bans public schools and employers from discriminating against hairstyles associated with race or sexual orientation
SANCTUARY LAWS - HB 3265 (2021)
Strengthening Oregon’s 30-year-old Sanctuary Law, HB 3265 updates Oregon statutes to protect immigrant and refugee communities and prioritize public safety, keeping local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities separate.
BANNING SLAVERY - SJR 10 (2021)
As with the US Constitution, the Oregon Constitution’s ban on slavery contains an exception that allows for a form of slavery to exist as a form of carceral punishment. SJR 10 sends a proposed constitutional amendment to the voters in November 2022 that would remove this exemption and fully ban slavery in Oregon, at long last.
EQUAL ACCESS TO ROADS - HB 2015 (2019)
Every Oregonian should be able to drive on our roads as long as they have insurance and pass the driver’s test. This bill allows undocumented Oregonians to obtain a driver’s license.
EQUALITY FOR TRANSGENDER AND NONBINARY OREGONIANS - HB 2673 (2017):
Rob introduced this bill that makes it easier for transgender and nonbinary Oregonians to change their government-issued identity documents to reflect who they are.
ELECTIONS AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM
Making Voting More Accessible - HB3291 (2021)
This bill allows ballots to be counted if they were mailed by election day as long as it is received within 7 days after election day. Vote by mail has long been common in Oregon and this is just another way we can make sure Oregonians make their voices heard.
NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE- SB 870 (2019)
Twice in the last quarter century, the candidate with the most votes in a Presidential election has nonetheless lost. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact will give the Electoral College votes of all participating states to the winner of the popular vote. Rob sponsored SB 870 to have Oregon join the compact with other states to make sure the vote of every American counts equally.
MONEY IS NOT SPEECH - SJR 18 (2019)
In 1994, Oregonians voted to limit political campaign contribution, but the new law was thrown out because the Oregon Supreme Court ruled that money is a form of political speech. As a member of the House Rules Committee, Rob passed SJR 18, which will place on the 2020 ballot a measure to amend the Oregon Constitution to state that money is not speech.
PRE-PAID POSTAGE FOR BALLOTS - SB 861 (2019)
Building on the success of the 2015 Motor Voter Act, Rob helped remove another barrier to voting by allowing voters to mail in their ballot without a stamp.