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.
Community Resilience & COVID-19:
The COVID-19 crisis has changed everything about the way we work, do business, shop for groceries, maintain our health and find emotional solace. We are all learning new ways to undertake ordinary daily tasks and engage with friends and family.
For those of you who are looking for assistance, please use the links to community resources provided here on my home page. As critical as it is, social and physical distancing are hard and often isolating. If you or a family member experience severe anxiety or emotional struggles, please seek out help from one of these sources. If you find yourself in a position to help others during this time, there are also a variety of ways to give and volunteer included here.
Strict adherence to physical distancing will help us to flatten the curve, stabilize the medical response, and get us back to regular life as soon as possible. Though we face extraordinary challenges, these are temporary. Please – stay home to save lives. Together, our community will get through this.
While COVID-19 is currently my primary focus, I will continue my work on these priorities:
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.
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. In 2020 legislature will begin to address implementation of the Wildfire Council recommendations in the coming months. Specifically, the short session will see legislation that funds pilot projects on high risk forest landscapes. We will also look at strategies to develop a skilled workforce available for year-round mitigation and suppression work in Oregon's forests.
Over 400,000 Oregon residents lack internet, and at least 27 school districts have no or minimal service. I have proposed legislation, HB 4079, to develop an ongoing source of funding to support broadband in unserved and underserved communities. The Rural Telecom Investment Act will modernize the Oregon Universal Service Fund (OUSF), which is currently supported solely by landline users, to include cell phones and VOIP providers in the fund's surcharge. This expansion will stabilize the underlying fund, which supports rural telephone companies that provide basic service in high cost rural areas and provide additional funding specific to broadband expansion. More info here.
I have been elected by my colleagues to serve on the House Democratic Leadership Team as Assistant House Majority Leader. I am 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