2018 Legislative Session Review

Representative Lynn Findley
EOU Bill Signing

2018 Session Adjourns with Major Successes for House District 60!

The 2018 Legislative Session has adjourned. Among the many successes for House District 60, Eastern Oregon University is now designated as Oregon’s Rural University. This new designation will give EOU a competitive advantage when seeking federal funding and new grants.

Eastern Oregon University serves a unique role in Oregon’s university system and regional economy in the eastern part of the state. Rural designation status will give EOU a competitive advantage in seeking additional federal and private resources to further advance their mission for students, research and economic opportunities.

In addition to EOU’s rural designation, we achieved other legislative successes for our region, including:

  • Obtaining $300,000 in general fund appropriation for Eastern Oregon counties to prepare Economic Opportunity Analyses (EOA). The EOAs will identify the types of businesses our communities can expect to attract given the current local, regional and national economic trends.
  • Securing $100,000 for Harney County to take a holistic approach to the Silvies drainage situation in Burns and Hines. Flooding has become a major issue in this area and the county has concluded that they need to look at the water system as a whole in order to mitigate future problems.
  • Helping provide tuition assistance to members of the Oregon National Guard. Representative Findley co-sponsored this bill, which requires the Higher Education Coordinating Commission to provide full resident tuition assistance at community colleges and public universities for qualifying members of the Oregon National Guard.

Overall, this session was an incredibly humbling learning experience. It has been an honor serving as your voice in Salem during the 2018 Legislative Session. During the interim, you can contact me at Rep.LynnFindley@oregonlegislature.gov

Best wishes,

Rep. Findley Signature

Lynn Findley

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