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Too many bills

From The Capitol
By REP. BILL POST

Things are moving quickly here in the legislature these days. One short check of the Oregon Legislative Information System (OLIS) where you can see every bill, where they are and everything on committees and floor sessions and you will find some of the craziest ideas you can possibly imagine. Everything from fines for large gatherings in the forests, to banning “Sharia law” in Oregon, to “animal porn,” to….well, you get it. It seems when one gets elected, one is supposed to write all kinds of bills. I just don’t get this burning desire to create more laws. They may have the best of intentions but it’s just more laws. I want to cut government restrictions and red tape and chip away at the already-too-numerous laws we have now.

One bill I did introduce, HB 2969,  is a bill to help out small businesses across the state. Last week it was voted unanimously out of committee and hopefully will be voted on in the House soon.

So let’s take a look at a hot topic issue from the last couple weeks. Education: The amount of emails I get overall is pretty high and I answer them all, but education is by far the topic I hear the most about. The word on the street is that the legislature is “cutting the K-12 budget.”  That is not true, so don’t buy into that.

There are many of us in the building who want to increase funding for K-12 to $7.5 billion. Yes, you read that right—billion. Instead of that, however, leadership has started the negotiations at just over $7 billion, and then schools are required to provide all-day kindergarten.

On top of that, I just found out about HB 3390, what I call College for Convicts.  Yes, $9,500 a year for three years so convicts can get a college degree. I’m not opposed to the concept but not at the expense of our kids.

So finally, I want you to know that my office is really your office. Please call my staff anytime and schedule a visit or if you have a high school student who would find it interesting to be an honorary page for a day, please contact us. Thank you for allowing me to serve you.

(Bill Post represents House District 25. He can be reached at 503-986-1425 or via email at [email protected])