Discussing the economy at a town hall in Creswell


Your legislature has been in session for four weeks as I send this.  I hope to keep you informed through the Session of our work.  We will be extremely busy into June, since we will consider a thousand bills and one budget to operate schools, health care, public safety, the courts, and our state government.  Will these bills create jobs?  Will these bills help to support and improve our schools?  Will these bills protect our senior citizens?  Will these bills ensure that our children have access to clean air and water?
  In essence, will these bills make Oregon a better place to live?  Such questions will come before the Legislature, and I will work to keep you updated on them.  I expect to be home for the summer before Independence Day.  Stay tuned!


Town Hall Schedule

Please join me at one of these following times/dates, as we discuss the issues facing Oregon's 77th Legislature.

City: Halsey
Topic: General Information
Date: March 19th, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Location: Halsey Community Center-100 West Street

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City: Springfield
Topic: Joint Town Hall with Rep. Lively and Sen. Beyer
Date: April 9th
Time: 6:30 pm-7:30 pm
Location: Springfield City Hall-225 North 5th Street

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City: Creswell
Topic: General Information
Date: April 23rd
Time: 5:30 pm-6:30 pm
Location: Creswell Coffee-116 Melton Rd

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City: Eugene
Topic: Higher Education
Date: Tuesday, May 7th
Time: 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Location: University of Oregon Campus-Erb Memorial Union (1228 University St)

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City: Marcola
Topic: General Information
Date: Tuesday, May 14th
Time: 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Location: Mohawk Valley Rural Fire District-92068 Marcola Rd

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City: Eugene
Topic: Overview of the Budget
Date: Tuesday, May 28th
Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Location: LCC Downtown Campus-101 West 10th Ave

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City: Coburg
Topic: General Information
Date: Tuesday, June 11th
Time: 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Location: Coburg City Hall-91069 N Willamette St

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Legislative Report

   My heart beat a little faster with the opening of this session, Oregon’s 77th since statehood in 1859.  The ceremonial opening and the singing of “Oregon, my Oregon” is two weeks behind us as I write this report.  The House is now considering bills which embody the hopes and dreams of all Oregonians.
    When I was first elected in 2000, I left my psychology practice so I could help restore our public schools, a crucial task which is still unfinished.  An entire generation of Oregon students has experienced growing class sizes and large dropout rates.  Too many college and university students have graduated with crippling debt because their schools have been inadequately funded and tuition is through the roof.  These are problems that we need to fix.
One of the other big projects that I am focused on is bringing a new veterans’ home to Lebanon.  Our veterans have served our country well, and deserve the services that they need.  I have been working with other Linn County representatives on a home based on the “Small House Model”, which caters to individual needs, and fosters more of a community than the sprawling facilities of the past.  The new veterans’ home will bring other benefits, such as being 20% more energy efficient and creating new jobs for people in the community.  It will also operate in conjunction with Lebanon’s hospital and the new medical school.
    This session, I chair the House Revenue and co-chair the Tax Credit committees.  I continue to work for a fairer tax system that will produce the funds we need to have a well-educated citizenry, and work-ready graduates for tomorrow’s economy.  As a member of the Rules Committee, I will fight to protect and enhance your right to vote.  
    Other huge issues this year include pursuing health care reform to keep Oregonians healthy, handle chronic disorders, and do it all at lower costs.  We can no longer afford to spend nearly twice as much as other nations for worse health outcomes.
    Prison reform to reduce recidivism and lower costs is moving ahead, as well as lowering the costs of our public pensions for schools and other public employers.  And we hope to prevent the introduction of noxious plants, so we can protect Oregon’s seed and food crops.
    I will continue to work on increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of our universities by establishing public boards for Portland State University, Oregon State University, and University of Oregon, improving transparency in government through the development of Oregon’s internet portal, and making other changes in your state government so it is easier for you to get the information you need as well as find reports, obtain permits and registrations quickly, and lower overhead costs to make your tax and fee dollars go further.
    We have a House with many bright and capable new Members who will help Oregon create jobs and improve its economy. You can do your part by letting me know your thoughts and ideas.  In these reports I hope to keep you informed of your legislature’s activities and the challenges and opportunities we face.  You can help me by raising concerns and sharing your experiences.  Stay tuned!

I would also like to introduce my office's staff members (Sonya and Daniel) and interns (Ryan, Nichola, Nolan, and Joey).  If you have a chance to call or visit my office, my team will be happy to assist you.


February 27, 2013