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68 Yamhill County residents have died of Covid.  So what are Commissioners Berschauer and Starrett prioritizing?  Protection for firearms!  Today, Thursday March 4th, they will again discuss the passage of a Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance (SASO) in Yamhill County.  Coverage of last week's meeting is in the News Register. Here's what you should know:  A. No agent, employee, or official of Yamhill County, a political subdivision of the State of Oregon, while acting in their official capacity, shall:
1) Knowingly and willingly, participate in any way in the enforcement of any Extraterritorial Act, as defined herein; or
2) Utilize any assets, county funds, or funds allocated by any entity to the county, in whole or in part, to engage in any activity that aids in the enforcement or investigation relating to personal firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition.
  • What won't the SASO do?  It won't stop felons being banned from owning firearms.  Local City police departments or State Police operating in Yamhill County would not be affected. This would apply to County employees only -- Sheriffs deputies, and the District Attorney's office.  Even the Sheriff's Department and the DA's office could continue to investigate or pursue firearms charges if the charges were in relation to another criminal act (for instance, a shooting by a felon could still involve charges related to possession of a weapon by a felon).  Future County Board of Commissioners could pass laws placing restrictions on gun use, and all Cities within Yamhill County still can, as well (so McMinnville's 2015 ban on loaded open carry would still stand).
At this week's BOC meeting, Commissioners will hear from Sheriff Svenson (who in 2019 testified against a similar ordinance - see page here, and read his comments to the News Register here) and District Attorney Brad Berry, both of whom are expected to request changes to the language of the proposed SASO.  

If you'd like to provide commentary, email testimony to  Here's a few key things to remember:


Yamhill County has a chance to provide feedback about redrawing House Districts coming up in two weeks, the evening of March 9th, and again on March 20th in the morning.

Each House District will have roughly 71,000 residents, an increase over the 63,800 used in 2011.  It is estimated that HD10 will have to expand to add voters, and HD23, 24, and25 will all have to shrink slightly to shed voters in order to maintain an even 71,000~ voters within boundaries. 

More information here:
Email your thoughts to:

Here are the criteria by which districts are meant to be drawn, by state law.  Some of these criteria were not applied in the current district boundaries, such as the division of McMinnville, Sheridan and Willamina into two different House Districts, and placement of Sheridan (but not Willamina) in HD10, an otherwise coastal district.  
The Legislative Assembly or the Secretary of State, whichever is applicable, shall consider the following criteria when apportioning the state into congressional and legislative districts:
(1) Each district, as nearly as practicable, shall:
(a) Be contiguous;
(b) Be of equal population;
(c) Utilize existing geographic or political boundaries;
(d) Not divide communities of common interest; and
(e) Be connected by transportation links.
(2) No district shall be drawn for the purpose of favoring any political party, incumbent legislator or other person.
(3) No district shall be drawn for the purpose of diluting the voting strength of any language or ethnic minority group.
(4) Two state House of Representative districts shall be wholly included within a single state senatorial district. [1979 c.667 §1; 1981 c.864 §2].
Upcoming Events

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Candidate Training:  Messaging 
Saturday, March 6th 7:00-9:00 pm
Meeting Registration - Zoom
Public Interest Environmental Law Conference Panel
Saturday, March 6th 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Yamhill County CD1/Redistricting Hearing 1
Tuesday, March 9th   5:30-6:30 p.m.
Online event:
Testimony must be received 24 hours in advance, email
Candidate Training:  Fundraising
Saturday, March 13 7:00-9:00 pm
Meeting Registration - Zoom

Deadline to file candidacy for May Election
Thursday, March 18, 5pm
YCD March Central Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 25   7:00-9:00 pm
Meeting Registration - Zoom

Congresswoman Bonamici Telephone Town Hall
Tuesday, March 30th  6:00 p.m.
Go to to sign up to participate.

Progressive Yamhill is a non-partisan group with a regional focus on Yamhill County politics at the city, county, and state level, as well as a vehicle to connect with neighbors on issues and actions at a federal level.  Our goal is to connect, educate, inform, and actively participate in the creation of a local community that shares and supports our mission.  You can learn more about our origin, and our group, at our website.

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