Legislative Accomplishments

The Eugene Register-Guard called Floyd a "hard-working and responsive" senator who takes a thoughtful approach to public policy. The Roseburg News-Review said Floyd can point to substantial accomplishments as a legislator in economic development, law enforcement, land use and natural resources. (1)

Delivering for Senate District 4

Protecting Oregonians from Data Breach. Floyd championed successful legislation in 2018 to ensure no-cost credit freezes/thaws when a data breach occurs; to require that companies notify consumers of a breach no later than 45 days after discovery; and to mandate that holders of data update their safeguards on a regular basis. Other states are following suit with similar new laws. Data breaches are becoming all too prevalent, so Floyd is continuing his work on this issue leading up to the 2019 session. (2)
Modernizing the Grand Jury System. Floyd spearheaded a bill to reform Oregon’s 150-year-old process for keeping grand jury records – improving transparency and accuracy. The legislation directed district attorneys statewide to ensure grand jury proceedings are recorded using audio electronic recording devices. Before, grand juries across the state have relied upon handwritten notes by a grand jury member. As a prosecutor, Floyd experienced firsthand that no matter how skilled or how experienced a note-taker is, there will be things that are inaccurate or left out inadvertently. This legislation brought Oregon’s justice system into the 21st Century, helping to ensure that our criminal justice system remains above reproach. (3)

Strengthening Gun Safety.
Floyd has long been a champion for gun safety in Oregon. Despite strong opposition from the gun lobby, he led the charge on the Oregon Firearms Safety Act to close remaining loopholes in Oregon’s 25-year-old background check law for gun sales. This important legislation prevents felons and individuals suffering acute mental illness crises from having easy access to guns. It also prevents internet gun sales without background checks. (4)

Small School District Support.
Floyd sponsored a bill to extend the Small High School Grant Fund until 2020, making $2.5 million in grants available each year to small and rural high schools, which traditionally have higher costs per student than larger schools. With these funds, high schools in Glide, Pleasant Hill, Oakland, and many other schools in rural Oregon will be able to continue to provide the best education that they can for their students. (5)

Blackberry Jam Fishing Derby. Floyd sponsored a bill to help the Blackberry Jam Festival in Lowell, whose annual fishing derby was at risk of being cancelled due to Oregon’s fishing laws. The Jam’s derby raises funds for programs at Lowell High School by selling pikeminnow fish. (6)

Amtrak Cascades Rail Service. To keep our communities connected to our regional economy, Floyd supported funding to maintain the Amtrak Cascades Rail Service, which includes two daily round trips between Eugene and Portland. (7)

Education

Floyd has consistently voted to protect K-12 education funding, including historic reinvestments in 2013, 2015 and 2017. But these increases don’t go far enough; Floyd continues to press his colleagues to join him in supporting even more robust budgets for K-12 education. (8)

Floyd spearheaded a bill to allow Oregon’s smaller, rural elementary schools to qualify for the funds they needed to provide a quality education, driving resources to 22 small elementary schools. (9)

Floyd co-sponsored and supported legislation helping more Oregon schools participate in the Afterschool Meal and Snack Program so students could focus on learning, and legislation allowing more schools to participate in programs to provide local healthy food options sourced from local farms. (10)

Floyd supported legislation to help educators access high-quality professional development to improve their skills and create a more beneficial learning experience for children. He also supported legislation allowing qualified middle school teachers to receive a greater amount of loan forgiveness under a federal program that encourages teachers to work in low-income schools. (11)

Floyd supported the Oregon Opportunity Initiative, helping to make college more affordable for Oregon families by creating a permanent and dedicated fund to finance additional aid to aspiring students. (12)

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Jobs and the Economy

Floyd co-sponsored and supported the Access to Business Capital Act, creation of the Building Opportunities for Oregon Small Business Today (BOOST) Fund, as well as other legislation giving small businesses better access to the capital they need to grow and create jobs. He also co-sponsored legislation to make the Act permanent because it proved successful in spurring job creation. (13)

Floyd supported an expansion of career and technical education to get students ready for apprenticeships, community college, and family wage jobs. This investment will fund teacher training and mentorships, grants to schools to expand CTE programs, and grants to help ensure school programs connect to industry-recognized credentials. (14)
Floyd co-sponsored a bill exempting the Coos Bay Rail Line from property taxation, helping to stimulate commerce in our region, and he supported legislation to increase job training programs at community colleges. (15)

Public Safety

Floyd spearheaded a bill to crack down on meth-related crime by increasing penalties and creating significant obstacles to people who have long used the sale of stolen scrap metal to finance their drug habits. (16)

Floyd co-sponsored and supported legislation to protect children from online predators by creating new crimes under Oregon law. He also co-sponsored legislation cracking down on drunk drivers by, among other things, requiring treatment before people convicted of DUII can get their license back. (17)

As co-chair of the Joint Committee on Public Safety, Floyd played a key role in passing legislation to make smarter use of taxpayer dollars by putting an emphasis on crime prevention and rehabilitation, which will result in a lower prison population. This legislation expanded probation programs for lesser, nonviolent offenses such as marijuana possession and other drug offenses, while prioritizing prison beds for serious violent offenders. The bill was estimated to produce a minimum of $326 million in reduced costs at the Department of Corrections over 10 years. (18)

Rural Oregon

Floyd supported legislation calling on Congress to extend timber payments and giving counties flexibility in using federal dollars, allowing them to receive much-needed aid for public safety and other critical public services. (19)

Floyd supported giving landowners in Douglas County the option to petition the county to form a predatory damage control district. Many rural Oregonians rely on effective predator management to prevent costly damage to their livestock or timber. (20)

Floyd helped expand access to healthcare services for rural Oregonians through, among other means, loan forgiveness for primary care practitioners who practice in rural areas and incentives for insurers that subsidize medical malpractice insurance for rural doctors and nurses. (21)
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(1) http://projects.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/opinion/25394184-47/prozanski-district-kittleman-county-douglas.csp
http://www.nrtoday.com/article/20101020/EDITORIALS/101029957
(2) SB 1551 (2018)
(3) SB 505 (2017)
(4) SB 941 (2017)
(5) SB 667 (2015)
(6) SB 958 (2015)
(7) http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/264390-137611-legislators-keep-punching-amtraks-ticket-for-now
(8) SB 5517 (2017); HB 5017 (2015); SBs 5701, 1579 (2012); SBs 5552, 5553 (2011); SB 5565 (2010); SB 5520 (2009); HBs 5020, 5021 (2007); SB 5519 (2013); SB 453 (2011); SB 667 (2015)
(9) SB 453 (2011)
(10) SB 480, HB 2800 (2011)
(11) SB 670 (2011); SB 443 (2009)
(12) SJR 1 (2013)
(13) HB 4040 (2012); SB 494 (2011); SB 1017, HB 3698 (2010)
(14) HBs 5016, 3072 (2015)
(15) HB 3276 (2013); HB 3341 (2013)
(16) SB 570 (2009)
(17) HBs 2843, 3515 (2007); HBs 4011, 4017; SB 504, HBs 3075, 2104 (2011)
(18) HB 3194 (2013)
(19) HBs 4175, 4177 (2012); HJM 25 (2011)
(20) HB 3188 (2015)
(21) SB 440 (2013); SBs 563, 608, 738, 787, HBs 2366, 2397 (2011)