Two local legislators pleased
Rep. Greg Macpherson, D-Lake Oswego, was positive about the recent session.
'The overriding comment I would make is that I think it was a successful session … because we came to-gether as a legislative body and we acted on a number of things that needed to be acted upon.'
And, he added, 'we did it in a fast and organized fashion.'
'We took on some issues and found some solutions to some of the problems facing the state,' he said.
Macpherson said the area he worked hardest on was 'the referral to the people' on tougher sentencing rules for property and drug offenses. These will be on the November ballot.
'We will never solve the problem of property crimes unless we solve the underlying problem of drug addiction,' he said.
Macpherson said he was surprised by the volume of bills the Legislature faced, based on the way the three-week session was designed.
'There was more legislation offered up than could be effectively considered during a three-week session,' he said.
Meanwhile, Sen. Rich-ard Devlin, D-Tualatin, also felt the special session was successful.
'This session was historic in many ways, not only be-cause it was our first test run of annual sessions. By being here this month, we were able to respond to emerging issues like the state hospital and the revenue forecast and we had the opportunity for oversight of state agency performance. Even in an election year, we were able to accomplish an agenda that works for all Oregonians, not a politically motivated agenda'
He added, 'This agenda had broad support in both chambers and across the aisle'
Devlin, whose district includes Lake Oswego, West Linn and portions of Southwest Portland, noted action on the budget was rewarding
'This budget focuses on the immediate needs of Oregon's most vulnerable children and seniors, while planning for the long-term prosperity for all Oregonians. Our budget co-chairs did a remarkable job in creating a plan to address the most pressing concerns of our state.'
He also gave praise to the property crime referral plan and to efforts helping families facing foreclosure.
Macpherson also pointed out that this probably was his last session as a legislator since he is running for Oregon Attorney General.
'Since I am not running for re-election for my House seat, this was likely to be my last legislative session in the House,' Mac-pherson said. 'It was an honor to serve in it and come together with fellow legislators around the state and grapple with issues together even though we didn't solve all of them.
While Macpherson was pleased that legislators passed some assistance regarding mortgage foreclosure regulations, he noted that 'we didn't act on other mortgage issues ... particularly pre-payment penalties and sub-prime mortgages.'