Welcome Friends & Neighbors,
Thank you for visiting my legislative website.
I am honored to serve the residents of southern Jackson County for a second term in the Oregon Legislature. House District 5 includes Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, the southwest corner of Medford, Jacksonville and Ruch, and spans from the Applegate to the Green Springs. I'm convinced my district has the state's most passionate and involved constituents. I welcome your input and your partnership as we tackle the issues facing families and communities across the state.
The 2019 legislative session wrapped up on June 30; here is a link to the outcomes summarized in my post-session newsletter, A Report on the 80th Legislative Assembly.
During the interim, I am continuing work on these priorities:
Wildfire mitigation, response and resilience are paramount in my District and many rural communities across the State. As a member of the Governor's Council on Wildfire Response, I am advocating for policies and funding that will help us mitigate risk and respond to the economic, health and environmental impacts of smoke and fire.
My highest priority is to pass meaningful and effective policy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. I am working with colleagues, statewide stakeholders and constituents on legislation to address emissions and help communities respond to climate impacts already on the ground, including wildfire and drought.
Over 400,000 Oregon residents lack internet, and at least 27 school districts have no or minimal service. It's time to get serious about ensuring that broadband is available in every corner of our state. I will continue to seek legislative solutions and develop an ongoing source of funding to support broadband in unserved and underserved communities.
Maintaining our housing stock and strengthening manufactured housing are two of my ongoing priorities. Legislation and policies that advance efficiency and upgrades will ensure that residents have access to long term, healthy and affordable housing.
The 2020 "short session" of the Legislature will convene from February 3 through March 8. I have been elected by my colleagues to serve on the House Democratic Leadership Team as Assistant House Majority Leader.
I will also be serving the Joint Committee On Information Management and Technology; Joint Interim Committee On Ways and Means ; Subcommittee On General Government; House Interim Committee On Economic Development and Vice Chair of the House Interim Committee On Revenue.
A thousand thanks for your support -- I am so honored to be your voice for Southern Oregon. As always, please be in touch with your concerns, questions and feedback.
Representative Pam Marsh
Oregon House District 5