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.
As a member of the new Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction, my highest priority in 2019 is passing good policy that reduces greenhouse gas emissions. I am also serving as Vice Chair of the House Revenue Committee, and as a member of the Economic Development Committee, Ways and Means Subcommittee on General Government, and the Joint Legislative Information Management and Technology Committee.
Prominent items on my 2019 legislative agenda include:
Broadband for All Oregonians:
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 am working on legislation that will: 1) develop an ongoing source of funding to support broadband in unserved and underserved communities, 2) establish a state Broadband Office within Business Oregon.
Maintaining our Housing Stock:
This legislation will provide funding for critical repairs to our low-income housing stock and cash incentives to middle income families who make energy efficiency improvements in their homes.
Strengthening Manufactured Housing:
Our manufactured home parks are a significant source of naturally-occurring affordable housing, but development pressures can threaten stability of these communities. I will be sponsoring legislation to help parks that are for sale transition to nonprofit or cooperative ownership to ensure that parks remain stable and affordable. Other bills will focus on support for homeowners who want to upgrade pre-1979 homes to meet new, energy efficient standards.
Trauma Informed Law Enforcement Policies & Procedures:
House Bill 2750 will accelerate the adoption of trauma-informed policies and procedures for law enforcement, including training money to help officers and partners adopt new, smart interviewing strategies to use with victims.
Please contact my office with your questions, concerns and ideas, and sign up for my legislative newsletter here on the website if you would like regular reports and updates. If you are following the progress of specific legislation, you can use OLIS to e-subscribe to various bills and committees, and to receive regular updates as bills move through the legislative process.
A thousand thanks for your support. I am looking forward to our accomplishments in 2019.
Representative Pam Marsh
Oregon House District 5