Speaking on the Floor
Ground Breaking Ceremony at Lane Community College


Greetings,

Central Lane and Linn Counties is a very diverse district with natural resources, farming, manufacturing, education and tourism among our primary employers.  Our district includes some of Oregon's most beautiful small and historic cities and the main campuses of University of Oregon and Lane Community College. It is a microcosm of Oregon, demographically, occupationally, and in life styles.

Part of my effort to represent this very diverse district is to hold regular conversations with constituents.  You can call, email, meet me at events, and attend my town halls. Read below about a couple of concerns
I have resolved in our community.  Bring your thoughts and ideas to the Summer Town Halls.

It is a great privilege and honor to serve you in Oregon's House of Representatives. 



Sincerely,

Phil Barnhart
State Representative
Central Lane and Linn Counties

  ISSUE TOWN HALLS

PATHWAYS TO PROSPERITY
TOWN HALL

*Growing Middle Class Jobs*
Presenters: Secretary of State Kate Brown, Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy, EcoNorthwest’s President John Tapogna, and
Economist Josh Lehner with the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis

Monday, July 21st
6:00pm-7:30pm

Bascom – Tykeson Room at Eugene Library
100 W. 10th Ave.,
Eugene, OR 97401

EDUCATION FUNDING TOWN HALL

Reducing K-12 Class Size and University and College Tuition
Presenters: Chief Education Officer Nancy Golden and Chairman Tim Nesbitt with the Higher Education Coordinating Commission

Monday, August 11th
6:00pm to 7:30pm

University of Oregon School of Law, Room 175
1515 Agate Street
Eugene, OR 97403

GLOBAL WARMING AND JOBS TOWN HALL

Reducing Carbon and Increasing Prosperity
Presenters: Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, the Oregon Global Warming Commission Chair Angus Duncan, Dr. Tom Potiowsky, Dr. Jenny Liu, and
Jeff Renfro from Northwest Economic Research Center

Tuesday, August 19th
6:00pm to 7:30pm

Lane Community College’s Downtown Campus, Rooms 112-114
101 W 10th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401



  COMMUNITY
TOWN HALLS

Tuesday, July 15th
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Halsey Community Center
100 West Street
Halsey, OR 97348

Tuesday, July 29th
7:00 am-8:30 am

Creswell Coffee Company
116 Melton Rd.
Creswell, OR 97426

Wednesday, July 30th
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Harrisburg City Hall
120 Smith St.
Harrisburg, OR 97446

Tuesday, August 5th
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Coburg Community Center
91136 N Willamette St. Coburg, OR 97408

Saturday, August 9th
7:00 am-8:30 am

Randy’s Main Street Coffee
250 N. Main St.
Brownsville, OR 97327

LEGISLATIVE REPORT

Some of my best legislative ideas come from constituents.  Constituents just like you may have an idea on how to make a particular aspect of government work more efficiently or provide a better outcome.  This is a good thing too, because with almost 4 million Oregonians it is impossible to be an expert in every single aspect of government.  Even after all these years, this citizen feedback is what drives my work.

During the regular session in 2013, I successfully passed bills to fund the Lebanon Veterans Home and change when the guardianship process could be started. These and many other concepts came from citizens who alerted me to a need in the community.

The Lebanon Veterans Home need was brought to my attention by Commissioner Roger Nyquist after a town hall meeting I hosted in Brownsville. The problem arose when the Federal Government changed the design and increased the cost to build the home from $30 million to $40 million.  In good faith, Linn County residents had already passed a levy to provide the local matching funds, but the new cost left them with a $4 million gap.  Commissioner Nyquist and I were able to secure the funds for the Lebanon Veterans Home to be built from the 2013 Legislature.  That was the last critical funding piece necessary to obtain the Federal matching funds to complete the project. A majority of the contractors and workers are local, and when the home is up and running it will directly bring 160 to 200 jobs to people who live all over the District and beyond, and will indirectly bring many more to the region. The facility is remarkable and reflects the treatment we should be providing to the men and women who courageously served our country.     

Theresa Lemire contacted my office after she went through the process of requesting guardianship for her daughter who had fragile health and would require care throughout her life.  Unfortunately, the court wouldn’t let Ms. Lemire begin the process until her daughter turned 18. This meant that she and her family hung in limbo for many weeks, fearing that her daughter might have a medical emergency before they were able to obtain guardianship.  Thankfully, this didn’t happen, but that unnecessary stress could have been avoided.  While this is something neither I nor most Oregonians will ever have to deal with, it is an issue that greatly impacted this particular family and I wouldn’t have been aware of the problem if Ms. Lemire had not reached out to me.  I successfully passed a bill to allow the process to apply for guardianship to begin 90 days before the person turns 18, so that if approved the guardianship can take effect on the person's 18th birthday.

The next bill deadline is in September, so I am hosting five community town hall meetings throughout the district to get your ideas, give updates, and answer questions.  The community town halls are small, open conversations. Usually, every concern is heard and discussed. I will also host three issue town halls focused on Pathways to Prosperity, Global Warming and Jobs, and Education Funding. (See the side bar for details.)

Your feedback is crucial and is the way we can make sure that our government works for the people and helps to make us all more prosperous.  I hope that you will attend one or more of my town halls this summer.


Lebanon Veterans Home Tour

Touring Lebanon Veterans Home with
Commissioner Nyquist

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