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City Club of Eugene: Oregon 2017 Legislative Wrap Up

Recorded On: 7/14/17

Air Date: 7/17/17

What was achieved during the 2017 Oregon Legislative Session?  What was kicked down the road for the next session?  Democratic Senator Floyd Prozanski and Republican Representative Cedric Hayden will share their thoughts on what went well and what could have gone better in the 2017 Oregon Legislative Session.

Will they celebrate or bemoan what happened with balancing the states $1.4 billion budget shortfall?  What will be the next steps in solving the PERS dilemma?  Will Senate President Courtney allow the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact to move forward? Will they have passed a comprehensive transportation budget?

Will the osprey replace the western meadowlark as our state bird? And will the official state dog breed be a rescue dog or a border collie or will the Senate and House compromise to designate the rescue border collie as the winner? Will they allow liquor stores and distillery retail outlet agents to sell vermouth?  Will they refer a constitutional amendment to repeal the provision banning persons who give, accept, or transmit a challenge to fight a duel from holding public office?

Representative Julie Fahey will ask the first question.


Senator Floyd Prozanski was first elected to the Oregon Legislature in 1994. He served in the House of Representatives between 1995 – 2000 and 2003. Floyd was appointed to represent Oregon Senate District 4 in 2003. He was elected in 2004 to complete the current term and has been reelected three times since 2006. Floyd is an avid cyclist and home-brewer. He lives in Eugene with his wife. During the interim, Floyd works as a municipal prosecutor and serves on various legislative committees, workgroups and commissions. He is the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Co-Vice Chair on the joint committee on Marijuana Regulation and serves on the Senate Committee On Environment and Natural Resources, Senate Committee On General Government and Accountability and Joint Committee On Legislative Counsel.

Cedric Hayden is serving his second session as District 7’s State Representative.  He grew up in rural Fall Creek, Oregon, a member of what is now a sixth generation Covered Wagon pioneer family. When not occupied with Legislative duties, Cedric is a businessman operating several businesses, including a charter air service based in Creswell, Oregon, a horse and cattle ranch in Fall Creek, and a heavy equipment business specializing in combating wildland fire, and has a hospital based dental practice treating special needs dental patients.

Cedric serves as the Vice-Chair for the House Committee for Health Care and is also a member of both the House Early Childhood and Family Supports, and Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Services.

Julie Fahey is a first term member of the Oregon House for District 14. She has over 15 years of experience in the private sector as a business consultant and co-founder of a human resources consulting firm for businesses and non-profits. Through her work, she helps employers pay their employees fairly, build skilled workforces, and create the kind of environment and culture that makes an organization a great place to work.

Her committee assignments are: Joint Committee On Marijuana Regulation – Co-Vice Chair; Joint Committee On Ways and Means Subcommittee On General Government; Commission On Transparency Oregon Advisory Commission and House Committee On Business and Labor.

The program is coordinated by Marty Wilde and Jon Belcher.

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