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Town Hall Scheduled

Thurs. August 15th, 6:00 pm

City Council Chamber

 225 5th St. Springfield

A little over one month ago, we adjourned the 77th session of the Oregon Legislature. By now, you have probably read about, listened to news accounts or otherwise formed opinions about how successful this session was and any unfinished business. I would like to hear your perspectives and questions and share mine from my first session. I have scheduled a Town Hall Meeting for Thursday, Aug. 15th, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at 225 Fifth Street, Springfield City Hall. This will be a very informal time to talk and ask questions, with little time spent on presentations and most of the time on your questions. I look forward to seeing many of you on Thursday, Aug. 15th.

 

Planning for February. Though the last session is just over, it is already time to start planning and preparing for the next session. The 2014 “short” session is scheduled for February 3 through March 9, 2014. The session could end earlier, but cannot run longer unless more than a majority of the House and Senate agree to extend the session. Each individual member is allowed to introduce two measures for the short session. Requests for measures are due by November 26, 2013. While that seems like quite a bit of time, it really isn’t, especially considering any work needed to prepare the measure. If you have ideas let me know at the Town Hall or call or email them to me.

Before the session begins in February we will also be in Salem in September, November and January for a few days for committee hearings and other work preparing for the session. Some additional meetings will be required for Legislative Task Forces and/or Work Groups that need to be completed before the February session. As you can tell, much time and effort is necessary to prepare in the next several months for February.

 

Special Session? Governor Kitzhaber is traveling the state talking with local school officials and others about additional revenue, additional PERs changes and/or other related topics. I support his effort to have the conversations and to see if any consensus might develop around additional legislation. Whether it will mean a special session or potential actions to consider in February, the Governor is providing key leadership and opportunities for input from many different constituents and areas of the State.

 

Health Care Reform The next phase of the Federal Affordable Care Act will take effect January, 2014. Oregon has worked hard to prepare to implement our portion. One key next step is Cover Oregon rolling out the insurance exchange for citizens to use in signing up for new or renewed coverage. The initial open enrollment period is October 8, 2013 through March 31, 2014. If you are looking for new insurance coverage, other options or are just curious about the Insurance Exchange and what it can offer, check out the website at http://www.coveroregon.com/. In the short time the session has been over, this is the topic I have received the most questions about and have been to the most discussions and presentations on.

 

Speaking to your club, organization or a group of neighbors.

One of the things I enjoy the most about being your elected representative, is the chance to present to local clubs, organizations, neighborhood gatherings or just meeting for a cup of coffee. I find these opportunities very rewarding and a chance to meet a wide range of citizens that live, work and play here in Springfield. At the end of the day, it reinforces for me what is important to focus on and how I can best represent the interests while working with the other members of the Legislature.

 

Contacting me! Though I am not currently spending much time in Salem, I can still be reached by email: rep.johnlively@state.or.us; by phone: 503-986-1412, or through my Legislative Assistant Andrew Hickerson at the same phone number or email: Andrew.hickerson@state.or.us. Do not hesitate to call or email if you have questions, issues to discuss, input to provide or just want to talk.

I am looking forward to seeing many of you on Thursday, August 15th at 6 p.m.

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