Local legislators meet with residents

Medford, Ore. — The sale of the Elliott State Forest, rising medication costs, and changes to the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program were some of the questions raised before two local lawmakers Thursday.

About a hundred people turned out in Medford to get some answers from Representative Peter Buckley and Senator Alan Bates, who were discussing the recent legislative session. The Mail Tribune hosted the event.

While both say big strides were made during the short session, they say there’s still a lot of work to do.

“I think the major step forward was on the minimum wage,” Rep. Peter Buckley says, “and the second step forward was on affordable housing.”

“I want to see the Oregon Health Plan keep moving forward,” Sen. Alan Bates says, “especially in drug and alcohol and mental health treatment. We are not there yet. We’re not close where we should be. We’ve got the money, it’s not being applied properly.”

The legislature will convene again in 2017.


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