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Gresham Rep looks to keep families connected through incarceration, combat age discrimination

PMG FILE PHOTO - Rep. Carla PilusoRep. Carla Piluso, D-Gresham, is prioritizing equal access to safety and justice and fair opportunities for all community members in the what will be her final session with the Oregon State Legislature.

Piluso, who announced she will not be seeking reelection, will be introducing a pair of bills — HB 4131, Family Preservation Project, and HB 4076, Age Discrimination Task Force. Because the gathering this month is only a short session, 35 days, all representatives are limited to just two bills.

The Family Preservation Project attempts to keep parents connected to their children after being sent to prison. The program works with incarcerated mothers and their children, lowering recidivism, reducing trauma, and keeping kids engaged at school.

The Family Preservation Project has been doing this for several years, but the program lost state funding last year. HB 4131 would provide the program budget stability going forward.

The Age Discrimination Task Force would give older members of the community equal access to employment opportunities. According to the American Association of Retired Persons, 62% of older Oregon workers have seen or experienced age discrimination on the job. HB 4076 would establish a task force to discuss ways to better enforce laws against age discrimination.

Piluso will also support several bills in Salem. She intends to back SB 1558, CourtCare program, which provides high-quality drop-in childcare in and around courthouses. She also supports HB 4005, which requires the safe storage of firearms by gun owners.

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