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Mike McLane Calls For Thorough And Fair Discussion Of Senate Bill 941

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by Qaolin, Apr 2, 2015.

  1. Qaolin

    Qaolin 1 A.U. from a G2 near Beaverton Old Army Cook Silver Supporter

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    https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/h...gh And Fair Discussion Of Senate Bill 941.pdf

    For Immediate Release
    Thursday, April 2, 2015
    Kara Walker, 407
    House Republican Leader Mike McLane Calls For Thorough And Fair Discussion
    Of Senate Bill 941
    Requests Evening Public Hearing To Allow Oregonians To Participate In Legisla
    tive Process
    Salem, OR

    In response to the rushing of Senate Bill 941 through the Senate, House Republican
    Leader Mike McLane (R
    Powell Butte) today called for a thorough and extended discussion of the bill in
    the House to ensure that Oregonians from acr
    oss the state could participate in the legislative process and
    share their opinions. Senate Bill 941, which would expand background checks to the private sales of
    firearms, received a single public hearing lasting just two hours in the Senate Judiciary Com
    despite multiple overflow rooms that were filled with Oregonians wishing to testify on the bill.
    unprecedented rushing through of SB 941 in the Senate is troubling and should concern all
    Oregonians, no matter where they stand on the issue,” sa
    id Rep. McLane. “There is no justification for the
    rushing of any piece of legislation in this building. Just as the Legislature opened up multiple hearings for
    paid sick leave, including an evening one, I’m today requesting the same courtesies be extended
    for any
    House discussion of SB 941.”
    Wednesday’s public hearing for SB 941 in the Senate Judiciary Committee drew enough Oregonians to
    the Capitol to fill several overflow rooms. Dozens of Oregonians that both support and oppose the bill were denied the opportunity to testify in front of the committee due to the strict time limits put in place by
    Senate Judiciary Chair Floyd Prozanski. The public hearing lasted for just two hours and individual
    testimony was strictly limited to two minutes, with Oregonians being cut off in the middle of their remarks.
    In contrast to SB 941, the Legislature provided numerous opportunities for lengthy discussion of
    legislation to mandate paid sick leave in Oregon according to a February 19th article from The Oregonian
    “On Monday, when government offices and many businesses closed for Presidents’ Day,
    legislators listened to nearly eight hours of testimony during three committee hearings that began
    at 8 a.m. and ended past 8 p.m...During an evening hearing, it was the public’s turn to have their
    say as ordinary Oregonians came forward in cowboy hats and jeans, business suits and brightly
    colored T shirts to praise or pick apart the two bills.”
    “It’s clear that Oregonians are passionate and concerned about their 2nd Amendment rights,” continued
    Rep. McLane. “Assuming SB 941 reaches the House, we have an opportunity to get right what the
    Senate didn’t by providing various opportunities for constituents to be heard on this issue, including
    allowing an evening public hearing to make it easier for working Oregonians to testify. Should SB 941
    come to the House, I look forward to working with the Speaker to make this evening public
    Dyjital and 308 like this.
  2. rltrim46ford

    rltrim46ford lebanon Active Member

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    The way Senator Prozanski handled this hearing certainly flies in the face of the new governor's commitment to openness in state government.