SALEM, OR -- In his first time in elected office, State Representative Knute Buehler has been a visible figure in Salem. The Bend Republican is pleased with the progress he’s made during his first legislative session, most notably the passage of his bill expanding women’s access to birth control. "Well, it’s been a real learning process for me. I’ve enjoyed it, I’ve met a lot of great people, I fell my knowledge about the people and the issues of the state of Oregon is quite a bit better. And, along the way, I think we’ve done really good work for the people of Bend and of Oregon," he tells KBND.
But, with just a couple weeks left in the session, he says it’s not time to slow down, yet. "We still have good legislation that’s alive, and all legislation right now is hanging by a thread. But, we hope to get some money for training of young physicians so we increase access to primary care. We still have that 'Right to Try' bill, which would give people with terminal illness access to experimental medication. So, we still have some really good things that are still in play, right now."
According to the state constitution, the legislative session must adjourn by July 11. .