The Willamette Women Democrats will kick-off their series of programs Sept. 14 at Celebrate Conference Center. All are invited to attend.

With all the challenges facing Oregon's legislators during the 2017 session, Willamette Women Democrats (W2D) will present a panel of legislators to discuss the last session and upcoming challenges at the Sept. 14 meeting, taking place from 4-6 p.m. at Celebrate Conference Center, 15555 S.W. Bangy Road in Lake Oswego.

Oregon State Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick called the 2017 legislative session "daunting." When convening the session, Oregon faced a $1.8 billion budget hole, and a need to find funding for education, transportation infrastructure, maintaining health care coverage for 378,000 Oregonians benefitting from the Affordable Care Act, and more. Despite a number of successes, including producing a balanced operating budget, looming challenges await future sessions. The invited speakers will give an assessment of this difficult session and what lies ahead.

The panel includes Sen. Mark Hass and House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson, and first-term legislators Rep. Janelle Bynum and Rep. Karin Power, and will be moderated by Anna Pycior, Legislative Director for the Oregon House Majority Office.

The public is invited to hear the program. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP by noon Sept. 11 by going online at or calling 503-656-4445.

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