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Cylvia Hayes• Media hoping to catch a glimpse of former Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes and perhaps hear her speak plan to attend a court hearing at 2 p.m. today at Marion County Circuit Court in Salem.


The case, Hayes vs. Oregonian, deals with the newspaper’s public record request for Hayes’ emails about state business that were sent from her private email accounts. If Hayes shows up, it would be a rare public appearance: since Hayes’ and former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s widely covered trip to the Deschutes County landfill soon after Kitzhaber’s resignation, Hayes was spotted at a conference on journalism in Portland.

Anticipating the media frenzy, the Oregon Judicial Department started working to arrange space for reporters earlier this week.

• Oregon State Police investigating the leak of emails from former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s private account have finished questioning employees at the Department of Administrative Services. It appears OSP is still working the investigation, because police have not yet forwarded their findings to the Oregon Department of Justice.

“I heard six weeks ago it was done,” agency spokesman Matt Shelby said of the OSP investigation this week. Shelby said DAS waited for OSP investigators to complete their inquiry at the agency, before proceeding with a separate human resources investigation. The Department of Administrative Services placed two top managers at the state data center — the center’s acting director Mike Rodgers and Technical Engineering Manager Marshall Wells — on administrative leave in February pending a human resources investigation. That investigation, still underway, was prompted by a disagreement over how to handle computers and cell phones used by the Kitzhaber administration, former DAS director Michael Jordan told The Oregonian.

• Bruce Buckmaster, an Astoria resident appointed by Gov. Kate Brown to fill a long vacant seat on the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, is meeting with lawmakers and other interested parties ahead of a May 14 hearing on Buckmaster and Brown’s other executive appointees at the Senate Committee on Rules.

State Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappose, said this week she believes the Senate will ultimately confirm Buckmaster, despite concern from sport fishing interests that called for anglers to ask lawmakers to oppose the appointment.

Sport anglers are upset by Buckmaster’s association with the group Salmon for All, which represents commercial fishermen, processors and other businesses on the Lower Columbia River. The group has opposed state gillnet regulations and changes in catch allocations that benefit sport anglers. Buckmaster previously served on the board of Salmon for All.

Brown also reappointed two current commissioners and appointed Jason Atkinson of Jacksonville, a fly-fisherman, former state senator and Republican candidate for governor to the commission. The other appointments have not drawn controversy.

Johnson said this week that Brown “has done a good job threading the needle here.”

Some people drew the conclusion that Buckmaster and Atkinson were supposed to balance each other, an approach with which Johnson disagrees. “I tend not to want to ‘assign’ seats,” Johnson said. “But unfortunately, this has gone on for so long that now there is the appearance of assigning seats.

“Sen. Atkinson is an avid fly fisherman, has produced a movie, has written books. Mr. Buckmaster comes from a background of fish nutrition. He’s been a vendor to the agency (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife) for awhile. His old company used to make the pellets that provided nutrition for hatchery fish. He’s probably fed as many sports-caught fish as he has commercially caught fish. I think he is exactly the right choice at the right time for this spot. He has been making the rounds in this building, assuring people he is not arriving with an agenda to blow anything up.

“As the Astorian opined a few days ago, in the last conversation I had with the former administration … I was present at a conversation with Gov. Kitzhaber, who was moving in the direction of reviewing where we are. Was adaptive management an appropriate response? Were the seine nets more lethal than anybody had anticipated? I think Bruce Buckmaster can have that level of thoughtful discussion in a knowledgeable, respectful context. I believe he is going to be a wonderful appointment and the votes will be there to confirm both of them.”

• Oregon’s pot industry continues to use professional communications and lobbying staff to make its case in Salem.

One of the more recent additions is Anna Richter Taylor of Gallatin Public Affairs, who has been introducing the private equity group Privateer to journalists. Privateer has not yet hired anyone to lobby on its behalf, according to the Oregon Government Ethics Commission where clients and lobbyists file disclosures.

Richter Taylor worked from 2004 to 2011 as a senior adviser and communications director for Gov. Ted Kulongoski, a Democrat. Privateer invests in legal marijuana businesses, and does not want Oregon to prohibit out-of-state investors as Washington and Colorado have done. Oregon Capital Insider reported in February there were nearly a dozen marijuana industry lobbyists working in Salem. This week, one pot industry insider estimated there are closer to 20 lobbyists now representing cannabis interest groups and individual businesses.

• When a key deadline passed last week April 21, about half the 2,753 measures introduced in the 2015 session did not make it out of House or Senate committees, and are dead.

According to statistics compiled by the Legislature, about 1,000 measures remained in House committees and 700 in Senate committees by the deadline.

Although those totals amount to more than half of the measures introduced, Committee Services explains that some bills are still listed as “in committee” until the House chief clerk or Senate secretary has received them and scheduled them for action by the full chamber.

However, those totals have been reduced by the number of bills remaining in the revenue and rules committees, which are not subject to the April 21 deadline for committee action.

Totals also exclude bills in the hands of Senate-House committees, such as the joint budget panel and others, which also are not subject to the deadline.

The vast majority of measures are bills, but the totals include resolutions and memorials, the latter urging action by Congress, the president or federal agencies.

The governor has signed 13 of the 14 Senate bills, and 30 of the 32 House bills, that have cleared both chambers so far this session. That pace will accelerate in the next two months.

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