BEND, OR -- State Republican leaders will be in Bend Thursday to gather public input on how to increase government transparency in the state. This is the eighth stop on the GOP's statewide listening tour.
Anne Gurney with the Oregon Republican Party says they've had good feedback so far. "What we have planned is to have a great panel of legislators who have agreed to join us, telling us their stories of working for and advocating for transparency in our legislature. As well as having several local activists and community members coming to tell us their troubles and their issues with transparency in local and state government." State House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) will be on the panel.
She says, throughout the tour, "The one thing I'm hearing from most people, is just the frustration with local or state officials; I'll use the example of Governor Kitzhaber who has done some pretty questionable and egregious things. And all we have as citizens to speak up against that or have any sort of pushback on that, we don't have much; we don't have laws with teeth in them."
"The idea is not just to talk, but to come up with ideas so that down the road we can have a good solid slate of legislation to put before our legislators, and combine efforts both legislatively and with the state party," Gurney tells KBND. The listening session will be at the Riverhouse Convention Center Thursday night, 7 to 8:30 p.m.