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‘Legislative Days’ Bring Lawmakers Back to Salem

Brian Bull

Oregon lawmakers will return to the Capitol Monday for the first time since June. It's the first round of “Legislative Days” since the whirlwind closing days of the 2019 legislative session.

The three-day series of meetings is a time for lawmakers to get updates on bills they passed during the previous session, as well as work on issues that might come up during the next session. For Rep. Marty Wilde, D-Eugene, the return to Salem will feature the first meeting of the newly created House Committee on Water.

Wilde said he hopes the panel will focus on ways to conserve water that also benefit farmers and businesses that depend on it. “I think there’s a lot of room in the Water Committee to promote economic development while protecting the environment,” he said. "I think we tend to view those in opposition, but we don't need to. I think there are solutions that can do both."

Other panels meeting this week will get updates on the Jordan Cove Energy Project, the state’s child welfare program, and preparations for the 2020 census.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December 2018 and became News Director in March 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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