Rep. Marsh holds town hall meeting, reveals goals for short legislative session

Oregon State Rep. Pam Marsh, D-District 5 says her main goal for the 79th Legislative Assembly will be climate change legislation. (KTVL/Genevieve Grippo)

On Sunday, Oregon State Rep. Pam Marsh, D-District 5, hosted a town hall meeting at the Jacksonville Library.

It's the last meeting she will have before February 5th, when the 35-day short legislative session begins.

At the meeting, attendants celebrated legislative victories from the year prior, including the passage of Measure 101 and a $5.3 billion dollar transportation plan.

Marsh said the forefront of her agenda for the upcoming short session will be climate legislation-- an issue she says is likely to be contested.

"There's going to be a struggle over this," said Marsh, "But we have momentum and we're going to push the discussion as far as we can during this session."

She is looking to pass a Greenhouse Gas Cap and Invest program with the goal of reducing green house emissions and producing new revenue.

"Overtime, we will be able to achieve as a state, an 80 percent reduction below our 1990 emissions by the year 2050," she said.

Outside of combating climate change, Marsh says central will also be the implications of federal tax reform on Oregonians. On a smaller scale, discussions related to gun ownership, internet privacy and opioid use will be brought to the table.

Jacksonville resident Margaret Pashko attended the town hall. She says her main concern is the rising cost and diminishing supply of housing throughout Jackson County.

"It comes down to what is important to us typically in our own neighborhoods," said Pashko. "The cost of rent, the cost of homes-- for the middle income earner, we're getting priced out already."

She said big changes are needed, and they start right at home. Attending town hall meetings and staying informed is a step in the right direction.

"Things happen at the grassroots level, and I think if you're going to be part of a solution to a problem, that's where you need to start," said Pashko.

Pam Marsh has been the Representative for District 5 for about a year.

She says she's planning to run again in the next election.

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