REDMOND, OR -- Three Central Oregon lawmakers fielded a variety of questions at a Town Hall Meeting Monday night, hosted by the Redmond Patriots. State Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend) and State Representatives John Huffman (R-The Dalles) and Gene Whisnant (R-Sunriver) addressed everything from how to better fund the SMART reading program, to a tuition equity bill, to ODOT buying property along Highway 97.
Knopp took the opportunity to present his unique approach to selecting subjects for possible bills in the next legislative session. “I came up with, basically compiled 12 concepts from constituents mainly who wanted their ideas put forward in bills and since we can only introduce two, I decided let’s put it up for a vote and let the district decide what they want and I’ll pursue those two bills this February, in the 2016 session for the district.”
Among the subjects to choose from: creating family wage jobs, senior medical expenses tax cut, and no statute of limitations for rape. Knopp tells KBND, “Go online to my legislative website
, click on the survey. It’ll take you to Survey Monkey and there are 12 concepts there
. You check two that you like and the top two vote-getters will be the ones I’ll introduce.”