Week One is Done
Hello Friends and Neighbors,
Week one of the 2022 session was relatively quiet.
Representative Dan Rayfield, D-Corvallis, was elected as the first new House Speaker in nine years. Bills were formally introduced and committees began the first round of hearings.
By the end of next week, almost every bill that will be moving forward must have completed a work session in its initial committee. Legislators and the public will be lining up, virtually, to testify, and very quickly, the major issues and mood of the session will come into focus. The deadline for new concepts has passed so the roughly 250 bills in the record are all we’ll be working with this year.
Legislators have been working on many of these issues for months and even years, negotiating with affected interests and refining ideas in workgroups and interim committees. Some bills will easily pass by the March 7 deadline. Some will generate attention, controversy, or be amended in an effort to make improvements or strike a compromise. And some will die quietly or possibly be resurrected in 2023.
Each bill is important to someone and has a story.
To help constituents navigate participation in the legislative process this session, Representative Julie Fahey’s office has created a useful guide to the Oregon Legislative Information Service (OLIS), available here.
If you have interest in particular bills, I encourage you to write me with your perspective and to track them online. Government works better when the people we serve watch, question, and engage.
Speaking of staying informed, people often ask me how I monitor so much information and so many news sources. The answer is eClips.
Oregon State Library eClips provides a summary of government and political news each business day from a broad set of Oregon and national newspapers. This is a public service and is free for you to use. Either scan the summaries online (with links to full articles) or subscribe and have those summaries and links sent to your email each morning.
This is a great information resource and I urge you to at least take a few minutes check it out.