The League of Women Voters of Lincoln County will host coastal legislators, Senator Arnie Roblan and Representative David Gomberg, at their regular monthly meeting, October 17. The event will be held at the Newport Public Library, McEntee Room, from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. The public is welcome to attend.
This is a unique opportunity to hear from both Lincoln County State Legislators at the same time and place. Senator Roblan and Representative Gomberg have been asked by league members to broaden the community’s understanding of HB 2020, the “Climate Change” legislation that was presented during the 2019 Legislative Session. They will also summarize the 2019 session in general and address any other items of interest to the audience.
HB 2020, a bill relating to greenhouse gas emissions, would have established a Climate Policy Office, charged with adoption of the Oregon Climate Action Plan. After extensive discussion in legislative committees, the bill passed the House on June 12, with Rep. Gomberg voting “yes.” The bill remained in the Senate Rules Committee on adjournment. It was the subject of very heated debate.
Both Roblan and Gomberg are members of the Oregon Legislative Coastal Caucus, a bicameral and bipartisan group of state legislators who represent communities on the Oregon Coast. The group recently hosted the Oregon Coastal Economic Summit, which brought together hundreds of business leaders, elected officials and other key community stakeholders to learn and find common ground on ways to help coastal and other rural communities around the state thrive.
Senator Roblan currently represents the 5th Senate District. He previously served 4 terms as Representative for House District 9, including two terms as Co-Speaker. He is a former math teacher and principal of Marshfield High School in Coos Bay. Representative Gomberg was elected in House District 10 in 2012 and is currently serving his 4th term in the House of Representatives. He is a resident and local business owner in Lincoln City.