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Next Ladies at the Legislature features Senate president

Lunch series co-hosted by Rep. Julie Parrish

Ladies at the Legislature, the brown bag lunch series created to engage women with government at the Oregon State Capitol, will feature Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem,) at its Friday session.

Courtney will talk about the role of a presiding officer and share the perspective of his history in the Legislature. The nonpartisan event is co-hosted by Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, and Sen. Betsy Close, R-Albany.

"Sen. Courtney has the most seniority of any member in the Legislature and with that comes incredible perspective," said Parrish. "We are pleased that he is taking time from this busy and challenging session to share that experience with us."

Women from high-school age and older are invited to come to Salem and experience the legislative process alongside Parrish and Close. The invitation is neither district nor party-registration specific. The workshops are intended to engage and educate women about the functional side of Oregon government.

The event, which has drawn women from across Oregon, has included notable speakers including Secretary of State Kate Brown and Gov. John Kitzhaber.

The first hour includes a legislative activity such as attending a floor session or going on a Capitol tour. For the second hour, ladies are invited to bring their own lunch or buy one in the cafeteria and then engage in a roundtable discussion with a featured guest.

The workshops will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dates for this legislative session are: April 26, May 31 and June 21.

Questions and reservations can be directed to Parrish’s office at 503-986-1437 or rep.julieparrish@state.or.us.

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