Supporting local journalism is vital to staying informed on local government issues
At this writing, I am wrapping up January Legislative Days which is the important time where we prepare for the 2020 February short session. I can't help but reflect on the importance of our local newspaper. I believe it is critical to support our local newspapers to ensure we are receiving the very best news, and the journalism career continues to live on. The amount of energy, research, and time associated with writing and distributing the news costs money. I am a firm believer that strong communities are informed communities. Our local paper works hard to inform, engage and inspire readers with great local journalism.
With the upcoming February Short Session, be sure to subscribe to your local paper and stay up to date with important topics at the Capitol. Currently, the biggest topic filling the hallways at the Capitol is the Cap and Trade bill (LC 19). You might remember HB 2020 from the 2019 Legislative Session. LC 19 is a similar version of HB 2020. The Senate Interim Committee on Environment and Natural Resources met during Legislative Days to discuss LC 19 for over three hours. You can watch the committee and learn more about the measure by going to the Oregon Legislative Information System (OLIS) www.olis.oregonlegislature.gov. By the way, this is a great tool to use throughout the session to watch committees, submit testimony, and stay informed. Please contact my office if you need any help navigating the website. I also introduced my two bills for the session: HB 4013 will regulate and certify that Kratom is a pure product for adult consumption and HB 4014 is a land use bill that will help cut some government red tape.
Regardless of if you support or oppose heated topics like Cap and Trade, I encourage you to get involved. Read your local newspaper, use OLIS, testify in committee, and please feel free to contact my office any time with questions or concerns.
As always, thank you for your continued support. I hope you all are having a great start to the new decade.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.