SALEM — Cheri Helt is on the hot seat.
On Monday, the Republican representative from Bend will stand on the House floor as a chief advocate for a bill ending nonmedical exemptions for vaccinations required before children can attend school.
While backed by an overwhelming majority of the medical community, House Bill 3063 has drawn waves of public opponents to the Capitol and virulent opposition from many Republican lawmakers.
“I’ve become more accustomed to confrontation,” Helt said in an interview Thursday.
Since arriving in Salem in January, Helt has found herself a rare species in the Legislature: a moderate Republican.
Helt has voted with Republicans against statewide rent control and diverting part of the “kicker” tax rebate.