HOUSE DISTRICT 55
For Immediate Release
Monday, May 20, 2013
Contact: Kevin Curry, 503-986-1351
BILL ASSISTING LA PINE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CLEARS SENATE
Legislation Co-Chief Sponsored by Reps. McLane & Whisnant
SALEM, OR – Legislation to help the City of La Pine and Deschutes County with economic development cleared the Oregon Senate today on a 29-0 vote. It passed through the Oregon House of Representatives on a unanimous vote March 29, and is on its way to Gov. Kitzhaber’s desk for his signature.
HB 3130 would allow the county to use money from the sale of county-owned industrial land to make safety improvements to Hwy. 97 in La Pine. Currently, money from such sales cannot be used for offsite improvements. However, without the improvements, new business development in the La Pine will not be approved.
“I am pleased to see this important piece of legislation make it through the process successfully with clear bipartisan support,” said Rep. Mike McLane (R – Powell Butte). “This bill will benefit the citizens of La Pine and Deschutes County, and make it easier to create jobs in the area during these difficult economic times.”
Rep. McLane co-chief sponsored the legislation with State Representative Gene Whisnant (R – Sunriver).
“Because of this bill, the public will benefit from safer roads, and businesses will be allowed to develop in La Pine,” said Rep. Whisnant, who represented La Pine until redistricting in 2011. “I thank my colleagues in both the House and Senate for helping to set the stage for job creation and infrastructure improvements in Central Oregon.”
Rep. Mike McLane is in his second term representing Prinville, La Pine, and portions of Deschutes, Crook, Jackson, Klamath and Lake counties. He also serves as the House Republican Leader.
Rep. Whisnant is serving his sixth term as State Representative for Redmond, Sunriver, Tumalo and parts of Bend and Deschutes County.
For more information, contact Kevin Curry at 503-986-1351 or firstname.lastname@example.org.