Business and Labor
So many of the bills we are hearing in Business and Labor approach anti-Business and pro labor status. Limiting the number of hours an employee can work, allowing flex time for employees, paid sick leave, and we have the ever looming $15 an hour minimum wage. It is a known fact that small businesses across the United States help promote economical development - I believe we, as a Legislature, need to approach these issues with caution and concern for those businesses.
Agriculture and Natural Resource
Fascinating testimony today in Agriculture and Natural Resources. There are three bills before the committee - HB 2808, HB 2997, and HB 2998. All three deal with the removal of Juniper from eastern Oregon lands, the rehabilitation of the habitat for prairie grouse, deer and elk and the use of the juniper in businesses throughout the Pacific Northwest. Not often enough do we see proposed legislation that fulfills a
complete circle - but these bills do and many of us are very excited about the removal of a species which was originally indigenous to the high ridges but has - overtime - spread to cover over ten million acres; rehabilitation of habitat and promotion of economic development. This proposed legislation is a win-win!!
Veterans and Emergency Preparedness
As I have stated before, this is the least controversial committee in which I participate. We are working on proposed legislation that will allow more access to medical assistance, better delivery and usage of medical services by women veterans, Every committee member is fully aware of how important our veterans are to this state and the nation. It is a pleasure to work with them. Coming next week Veterans Committee will hear a bill regarding the flying of the MIA/POW Flag. This proposed legislation was brought to me by Hugh Crawford of Central Point and he has worked with veteran groups across the state for support for this bill. Should be a very interesting hearing.