The past two weeks have been extremely busy at the Capitol. Thursday marked the deadline for bill to be passed from the chamber in which they originated. That means all the House bills must be passed by the House of Representatives and all the Senate bills must be passed by the Senate. Now each chamber sends its bills to the opposite chamber to be considered in committee and then by the full chamber to which it is assigned.
During this past week, the House met until midnight twice. One of late night sessions was needed because the House was recessed about three hours to attend the Junior Livestock Exposition at the Fairgrounds. The evening featured a legislative show in which legislators teamed with local youth to show pigs, lambs, or heifers. As usual, the Ag programs in this district had outstanding results. Congratulations to both the teachers that do such a great job and to the youth who work so hard to excel.
Congratulations also to those teams who represented this district so well at the area, regional and state basketball playoffs. I was proud of the intensity, heart, discipline and good sportsmanship exhibited by the players and fans. As usual, the players from our small rural schools did an outstanding job representing our area. They also did a great job representing the academic side of our schools as two young people from our area made the Academic All State team. This is twice the number that should be represented from a population level of this size.
On the legislative level, there were several bills passed by the House that will positively affect our area. The Higher Education bond bill passed by a large margin on a bipartisan vote. This means that 7.28 million dollars will be coming to OPSU to help continue its accelerated program of capital improvement.
I had six of my bills both pass through the committee process and also pass when considered by the full House. They dealt with making one-half day kindergarten a local choice, helping local hospitals with matching federal dollars and reforming state government. I have several bills that I coauthored in the Senate that will now be coming to the House for consideration.
ne of the bills from the Senate side deals with the firefighters pension funds. The firefighter and the volunteer firefighter are heroes that are remembered in the legislature. Thanks to not only them, but also the Emergency Medical Service volunteers. The EMS volunteers work just as hard and are vital to our communities' survival and are not always remembered by the Legislature. Thank you both for the great job you do.
One last musing about all the great things the panhandle area has to offer. This past weekend my family and a nephew were watching a parade. As the American flag would pass by, my son and his cousin would salute the flag. I noticed no one else in the crowd except us saluted. My nephew would also put down his bag of candy because “he learned in school that you shouldn't have anything else in your had when you salute the flag.” To ALL those who make the quality of life in the panhandle area great, thank you.
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