Opening Day Ceremony
  of the 77th Legislature


The 77th Oregon Legislature is about to convene for a five months' run. This is likely to be a difficult session because we are unable to adequately fund Oregon's schools, early education, and colleges and universities with funds available. Our declining funding for public education has huge implications for Oregon's future. Without good schools, we lack the ability to attract businesses to Oregon or keep those that start here.  Our per capita income is well below the national average as well as below that of our neighbor, Washington.  Washington is similar to Oregon in many ways except that in the 90s Washington improved its education funding while we were cutting ours.  The results are becoming more and more obvious.

Come to one of our presession meetings to express your views, ask questions, and find out what other important issues are likely to be part of the legislative agenda.



Session Starts:

February 4th

Next Revenue Forecast:
February 15th

Rep. Barnhart's Committee

Revenue Committee:
MTWTHF from 8am to 10am

Rules Committee:
MWF from 3pm to 4:45pm

Tax Credits Committee:
Meets at the Call of the Chairs


Starting February 4th my staff will be in the Salem office full-time. While email is always the fastest way to reach us, starting the 4th if you want to reach us by phone, please call the Capitol toll free at 1-800-232-2313 or directly at 503-986-1411.


Come share your thoughts on issues facing Oregon and the 2013 Legislative Session. Please RSVP if you can so we can make sure the space will hold the number of interested participants.

Monday, January 28th: Creswell
Join Rep. Phil Barnhart
7:30 a.m. at Creswell Coffee Company
116 Melton Road

Tuesday, January 29th: Brownsville
Join Sen. Lee Beyer and Rep. Phil Barnhart
7:30 a.m. at Randy’s Main Street Coffee
250 N Main Street

Tuesday, January 29th: Eugene
Join Senators Lee Beyer and Floyd Prozanski and Representatives Phil Barnhart, Paul Holvey
and John Lively
7:00 p.m. at University of Oregon
Lokey Education Building, Room 176
1571 Alder Street

January 24, 2013