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House resolution says 'Kinder is Better'

Oregon legislators want to proclaim May 22 as a special day to promote kindness.

A House resolution would designate May 22, 2019 as "Oregon Kind Is Better Day."

Rep. Brian Clem, D-Salem and Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell, D-Astoria, are the chief sponsors of House Concurrent Resolution 5, which states, in part:

Be It Resolved by the Legislative Assembly of the State of Oregon:

That we, the members of the Eightieth Legislative Assembly, declare that "kind is better"; and be it further

Resolved, That in Oregon, where you can be anything, we resolve to be kind; and be it further

Resolved, That it is the policy of the State of Oregon to commit ourselves to acts of kindness that create a kinder, more welcoming society;

and be it further

Resolved, That May 22, 2019, is designated as Oregon Kind Is Better Day.

Evidently, their colleagues could use the reminder.

News rippled through the Capitol Thursday that House Speaker Tina Kotek was relieving two lawmakers of some committee duties after their statements in committee and on social media.

Kotek relieved Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland of his longtime role as chair of the House Health Care Committee after making what she described as "demeaning comments" to people testifying before that committee.

Kotek removed Rep. Bill Post, R-Keizer, from the House Judiciary Committee for "inappropriate tweets."