Rogue Valley fire victims can speak to legislators

ASHLAND, Ore. – Southern Oregon fire victims are getting the chance to speak with state legislators Wednesday evening. They’re asked to participate in a virtual public hearing where they’ll be able to voice their concerns.

Fire victims have until 5:30 pm Wednesday to sign up for the virtual hearing. There they can share their experience from last year’s fire.

The Oregon Legislature House Special Committee on Wildfire Recovery wants to hear from people affected by last year’s fires. They hope by hearing people’s concerns they’ll be able to create better policy, where it’s most needed.

“I think we want to bear witness to the stories. And we also want to hear practical on the ground concerns that we have a chance of addressing,” said State Rep. Pam Marsh.

This hearing is specifically for Southern Oregon fire victims. Fire victims in other parts of the state are given separate days to speak.

Fire victims now have less than 24 hours to sign up either online or by phone.

Click HERE for more information.

NBC5 News reporter Katie Streit comes from her hometown, Las Vegas. Katie went to the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Katie won a Student Emmy for her coverage of the Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary. She also hosted and produced the university's political news show, where she interviewed Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). Her passion for politics turned into a coveted internship at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. In her final months working in the Las Vegas area, she was recognized for her journalism achievements by the Nevada Broadcaster's Foundation. Katie is excited to tell the stories of local Southern Oregonians and Northern Californians. Feel free to contact her at [email protected]
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