Please Join Us for a Town Hall Meeting on the State Budget Crisis:

Who: Senators Prozansky, Morrisette, and Walker, and Representatives Barnhart, Beyer, and Holvey

Where: Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 West C Street, Springfield, OR

When: Saturday, February 21st, from 8:30am to 10:30am

Come learn more about Oregon's budget crisis as the next revenue forecast is released. Make your comments and ask your questions.  Oregon's future is on the line!


If you cannot attend, I value your opinion and would still appreciate your input. Please help me by taking my survey. Click here. 

Legislative Report by Rep. Phil Barnhart

 

As I write this the Legislative Session has been underway for a couple of weeks. Committees have been assigned bills and are now in the midst of hearings and issue briefings.  With over 2,000 bills submitted each session, there is a great deal of information to cover to make sure we create useful laws and also reach our goal of ending the session by June 30th.  One issue that concerns many is metal theft.  Metal theft has touched the lives of countless people across our district.  

 

The theft of metal from homes, construction sites and public areas has had devastating affects on families, public safety, business and agriculture.  Metal theft with the resale value of a mere $100 could result in repair costs in the thousands.  This type of destruction has to stop.  This is a time to transform and rebuild, not tear down.

 

Taking the lead on this issue are a couple of new-comers to the House, Representatives Barton and Matthews, and Representative Nancy Nathanson and Floyd Prozanski, both from Eugene.  We are lucky to have these extremely capable and passionate people tackling this obstacle head-on. 

 

As you keep abreast of the goings on in the House and of metal theft be sure to track the progress of House Bills 2421, 2422 and 2423.  To easily track bills online enter the bill number on this page: http://www.leg.state.or.us/searchmeas.  These bills are just a first step in this battle. We must give law enforcement the tools to fight this crime, make metal theft less attractive to thieves, address the cross-border issues with neighboring states, and look at the penalties imposed on convicted thieves and purchasers of stolen metal.  Speaker Hunt will send these bills out to committee soon and through discussion between both political parties, both chambers of the legislature and a broad coalition of groups, we expect metal theft legislation to pass this session.  Whatever we do, it must take the incentives out of this rampant destruction.  Please don't hesitate to contact our office with any questions or suggestions you may have.  Stay tuned.

 

SURVEY

 

We have created a very easy way for you to let us know about the issues that concern you most. Take a few minutes and give us your feedback.  Please visit my legislative website to fill out the survey: http://www.leg.state.or.us/barnhart/

HONORARY PAGE PROGRAM

The Honorary Page Program is a unique honor with a rich history. Middle and high school students are welcomed into the Capitol for a day.  There they get first hand experience of the legislative process.  Students are taken very good care of and get to work directly with the State Representatives as they work on issues and vote on bills. If your child or grandchild is interested in the program please visit  http://www.leg.state.or.us/honorpg or contact my office at 503-986-1411 to find out more.

OREGON'S 150th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Come celebrate Oregon's Sesquicentennial (150th Birthday!) at the State Capital Saturday, February 14th.  All are welcome to attend and celebrate this occasion with Legislators and Governor Ted Kulongoski.  The celebration starts at 11 o'clock and cake will be served at noon.  If you can't attend but are interested in participating in other festivities surrounding the occasion check out this site for more events: http://tiny.cc/QW6sU

Remember, the next centennial is on February 14, 2059. Let's celebrate this one!

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During the legislative sessions Rep. Phil Barnhart can be found at the Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court Street, NE, Salem, OR 97301, (503)986-1411, rep.philbarnhart@state.or.us. Please take the survey at www.leg.state.or.us/barnhart.