Salem, OR—Committee appointments have been officially announced for the 2015-16 interim period between the adjournment of the recent regular session and the start of the next one in February.
Rep. Gail Whitsett (R-Klamath Falls) was assigned to a series of committees that will consider issues important to the residents of House District 56, which she represents, as well as people from all over Oregon. They include:
House Agriculture and Natural Resources—Issues are considered in this committee relating to farming, ranching, water and other matters that are critical to rural areas such as the Klamath Basin. It is chaired by Rep. Brad Witt (D-Clatskanie). The vice chairs are Rep. Wayne Krieger (R-Gold Beach) and Rep. Susan McLain (D-Hillsboro). Also serving on the committee are Rep. Greg Barreto (R-Cove), Rep. Sal Esquivel (R-Medford), Rep. Lew Frederick (D-Portland), Rep. Chris Gorsek (D-Troutdale) and Caddy McKeown (D-Coos Bay).
House Revenue—This committee implements revenue policies that affect businesses and individual taxpayers. All bills that increase revenue must originate in the House, and generally begin in this committee. Rep. Phil Barnhart (D-Eugene) serves as chair, Rep. Barbara Smith Warner (D-Portland) and Rep. Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario) are the vice chairs. The other committee members are Rep. John Davis (R-Wilsonville), Rep. Ken Helm (D-Beaverton), Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River), Rep. Ann Lininger (D-Lake Oswego) and Rep. Rob Nosse (D-Portland).
House Committee on Conduct—This committee does not meet regularly, and will only deliberate at the call of chairman Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland). Its sole purpose is to consider the conduct of any member of the legislative body whose actions may be in violation of the state’s Harassment Free Workplace Law. The other members of this committee are Rep. Nancy Nathanson (D-Eugene) and Rep. Andy Olson (R-Albany).
Joint Committee on Ways and Means—Considered the most powerful committee in the Legislature, Ways and Means develops the state’s biennial, or two-year, budget. It has members from both the House and Senate, including Sen. Doug Whitsett (R-Klamath Falls).
Transportation and Economic Development Subcommittee—A subcommittee of the full Ways and Means group, this body studies and approves the state’s transportation infrastructure budget and considers the Governor’s economic development plans.
In addition to those duties, Rep. Whitsett is also a member of the Legislature’s Emergency Board. That body considers emergency funding requests brought forth by the various state agencies. Sen. Whitsett is also on the Emergency Board, and was recently appointed to the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
“By being on these committees, I will be able to serve my constituents and their interests in a variety of ways,” Rep. Whitsett said. “I look forward to continuing my work on the multiple issues that will come before the Legislature throughout the next several months.”
Rep. Gail Whitsett has represented House District 56 since 2013. The district includes Lake and Klamath counties.
Representative Gail Whitsett
House District 56
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