Meet With Your State Rep and Senator

Gelser-290x290On the docket for the end of January and beginning of February is a trio of sure-to-be-spirited town halls with area state legislators. Scheduled to convene next month, Oregon’s 90 lawmakers are scrambling to find solutions for a whole host of topics. By scrambling, I mean legislators will quietly gavel in to discuss issues facing the state, not least of which is a projected $2 billion budget shortfall that nobody seems to have a ready solution for.

You may have heard, but this year is 2017 – the key part being 17. Legislative sessions are held every February for up to 35 days…unless it’s an odd-numbered year. In that case sessions can last up to 160 days. In other words, they got a lot of work to do this year.

To help us voters understand the nuances of the upcoming legislative session, State Senator Sara Gelser and State Representative Dan Rayfield will be a-coming to town three separate times with answers for our many questions. The events are free, open to the public, and will be held at the Corvallis Benton-County Public Library.

If you are interested in voicing a concern, learning about what issues are on the table, or just very curious about how we accidently lost track of that extra $2 billion, then come hear what they have to say.

Sara Gelser: 2017 Legislative Preview
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Corvallis-Benton County Public Library

Sara Gelser & Dan Rayfield:
City Club of Corvallis Q&A

Thursday, Jan. 26, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Corvallis-Benton County Library

Sara Gelser & Dan Rayfield:
League of Women Voters Legislative Town Hall

Saturday, Feb. 4, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Corvallis-Benton County Library

By Anthony Vitale