Checking out the New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Coming to Oregon Soon!


Its been a busy couple of months.  Some think that when the session ends our work stops, this couldn't be farther from the truth.  I've attended numerous public meetings, talked on panels, toured agencies, worked with constituents to resolve issues, and am in constant preparation for the interim committee meetings.  November 17th through the 19th will be the next "Legislative Days", where each of the interim committees will meet for 4 hour time slots.  To view the schedule for those public hearings visit the Legislature's website here, and then click on the link at the top for the 2009 Interim Committee Schedule.

I am hosting a town hall in your area!  Please come and share your views at one of the many meetings I have scheduled.  Over my years in the Legislature these meetings have proved very helpful and make me aware of what matters most to you.  Details for those meetings are below in the sidebar. 

I look forward to hearing from you!

Mark Your Calendars!

Town Hall Meetings to discuss 2010 February Special Session, Plans, Opportunities, and Possible Challenges- bring your suggestions and questions! Details Below:

November 3, 2009
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Dexter Fire Hall
82781 Barbre Rd, Dexter
Open to the Public

November 4, 2009
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Pleasant Hill High School Library
84455 Enterprise Rd
    Pleasant Hill
Open to the Public

November 7, 2009
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Coburg Inn
91108 N Willamette, Coburg
Open to the Public

November 9, 2009
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Meeting with Students
in Fir Room, EMU Building
University of Oregon
Joining Senators Morrisette and Prozanski and Representatives Beyer, Holvey, and Hoyle
Open to UO Community

November 12, 2009
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Sodaville City Hall
30723 Sodaville Rd, Lebanon
Open to the Public

November 14, 2009
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Kirkwood Room
Brownsville Library
146 Spaulding Ave, Brownsville, OR
Open to the Public

November 16, 2009
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Meeting with Students in
Board Room, Building 3
Lane Community College
4000 E 30th Ave, Eugene
Joining Senators Morrisette and Prozanski and Representatives Beyer, Hoyle, and Nathanson
Open to LCC Community

November 21, 2009
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Creswell Community Center
99 South 1st, Creswell
Open to the Public

January 9, 2010
9:30 am to 11:30 am
City Council Chambers
777 Pearl St # 105
Eugene, OR 97401
Joining Senators Edwards, Morrisette and Prozanski
and Representatives Beyer, Holvey, Hoyle, and Nathanson
Open to the Public

Legislative Update

Last week I participated in the Principal for a Day program put on by the 4J School District.  Thirty or so community members and I visited schools across Eugene to experience a principal's typical day.  I was placed with Principal Larry Williams at the Edgewood Community School.  It was a pleasure to see the difference in approach that Principal Williams had versus the principals of my youth.  He participates in classroom activities each day giving students more individual attention and a positive way to interact with him.  In each classroom we visited teachers used multiple ways to engage students in the material-song, art, story telling, reading, and writing were all methods I witnessed and that was just in the math classes.  I particularly liked one child's story about a math problem.  She described 96-23=73 as "I had 96 marbles but 23 of them rolled under the couch and now I only have 73."  We discussed how the economy has impacted their school.  While keeping the same quantity of teachers has been difficult, the quality of applicants to fill those positions increased tremendously with many applicants having multiple Masters Degrees.      

Recently I was invited to talk to Stand for Children about the tax measures being voted on next January.  We had a great discussion and I answered many questions they had about the revenue bills.  As Chair of the Revenue Committee I know the ins and outs of the bills.  Please don't hesitate to contact my office if you find that you have a question on the particulars of those bills or any others.  My staff and I are happy to help get you the answers you need.

The ceremonial signing of House Bill 2004 which creates the Dollar Checkoff for Democracy, was certainly an emotional and heartfelt occasion for all who attended.  The bill was created in memory of Jim Klonoski by his sons to reinstate a program originally developed by their father which expired in the early 80s.  The bill allows tax payers who are owed a refund to dedicate $3 to the political party of their choosing. Jim Klonoski was a truly remarkable man whose spirit survives through all of the great many people he taught and inspired.

Late last month I attended the Grand Opening for Arcimoto's Prototype-3.  Arcimoto is a local Eugene based company developing electric vehicles.  Earlier this summer I test drove their second model, so I just couldn't resist seeing what the newest one had to offer.  I joined Senator Burdick for the picture to the right.  Senator Burdick and I work closely on many bills because we Chair the revenue committees for the House and the Senate. 

My Legislative Assistant, Sonya Carlson, married a wonderful young man in September and invited my wife Flossie and I to their reception.  The theme of the reception was "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" a book by Douglas Adams.  Many attendees brought their own towels and each of the food and drink items had a bizarre, but fun sounding galactic name.

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