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Representative Christine Drazan talks about issues at Springwater Grange town hall meeting

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Rep. Christine Drazan talks with Estacada area residents during a town hall meeting on Wednesday, June 12, at the Springwater Grange.

Rep. Christine Drazan is concerned about the effects Oregon's proposed cap and trade bill will have on her constituents.

"My community doesn't live near a Max (light rail) line. With the kind of lives we live out here, we can't drive a Prius," she said, discussing the bill's potential to increase gas prices and describing it as a single state solution to a global issue. "If the problem we're trying to solve (with the cap and trade bill) is climate change, Oregon is one of the lowest in the nation for emissions."

Cap and trade is one topic Drazan discussed with attendees of a town hall meeting on Wednesday, June 12, at the Springwater Grange.

Last November, Drazan was elected to House District 39, an area that includes Estacada, Eagle Creek, Barlow, Barton, Beavercreek, Boring, Canby, Carus, Charbonneau, portions of Damascus and Happy Valley, Mulino, Redland and rural Oregon City areas. Drazan serves on the Ways and Means Education Subcommittee, Economic Development Committee and Healthcare Committee.

While discussing health care, Drazan noted that a recent bill passed will require pharmaceutical companies to give 90 days notice when medication prices will increase 10% or more.

She described it as "small progress," but added that "in Oregon, there is an appetite for being innovative around health care."

In light of the recent measles cases in Oregon and Washington, Drazan said she believes mandating vaccines "would be corrosive to the doctor patient relationship."

"If we're mandating vaccines to kids at this point, I feel we've already failed, because the doctor patient relationship isn't effective enough for that doctor to communicate to that parent how important public health is, and how important it is that they immunize their child," she said. "I believe very strongly in parents being able to make these choices for their kids. Parents, at the end of the day, have to be the ones to have final authority on healthcare for their children. I believe in public health, I believe in the importance of immunizations and I absolutely trust parents."

Drazan expressed support for the Electoral College while discussing a bill that would align Oregon with 15 other states supporting the effort

to have the popular vote reflected in ballots cast in the college.

"(The Electoral College) balances out the population heavy parts of our nation with the small towns, and small states," she said. "I believe the Electoral College shouldn't be thrown out. The Electoral College has served us well."


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