SALEM, OR -- Lawmakers arrived in Salem Monday, for the first day of the Legislative session. Democratic leaders have an aggressive agenda for the 35-day session. House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) spoke about it on the House floor:
"It appears the majority party in this session wants to move significant policy changes to the state of Oregon, with notices going out as short as one hour before a hearing is posted." McLane referred to public hearings on several bills during the 2015 session when discussion was either cut short or little notice was given beforehand. In the case of a gun background check bill, Central and Eastern Oregonians arrived to testify in Salem, only to be turned away when hearings went too long.
McLane said, "And, I ask you Madam Speaker, if you do this, I hope you understand what that does to the people east of the mountains who won't have the opportunity to participate. I urge you, restrain yourself and give all Oregonians a chance to participate."
The first day of the session was spent introducing a number of bills, but McLane called the list too ambitious.