e-News for March 17, 2017

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e-News for March 17, 2017

Eugene Town Hall March 30

Senator James Manning and Representative Julie Fahey invite you to a community evening town hall on March 30th.  They will be discussing their legislative priorities and other topics under consideration by the Legislature this session. General public is welcome to attend. 

Date: Thursday March 30th
Place: North Eugene High School Cafeteria (200 Silver Lane, Eugene)
Time: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM (doors open at 6:15 PM)

For information, contact our office at 503-986-1707 or email us.

Sen Manning and Lane County Officials tour Junction City Hospital

Junction City Tour

One of the topics of discussion in the Legislature this session has been the Junction City Hospital, which provides 24-hour on-site care for adults needing intensive psychiatric treatment for severe or mental illness. The hospital, which opened in March of 2015, made recent news when the Governor's budget reflected a possible closure of the hospital due to a statewide budgetary shortage.  

Last week, Senator Manning and local community leaders visited the Junction City Hospital.  The purpose of the tour was to learn about the facility, the population of clients it serves and to understand the impact it has on the community and the 362 staff members employed by the hospital.  County Commissioners Faye Steward and Jay Bozievich, Junction City Mayor Mark Crenshaw and local media representatives joined Senator Manning and his staff on an insightful overview of the hospital operations. The event reinforced Senator Manning's dedication in advocating to keep the hospital open, providing an opportunity to allow successful transition of clients back to the community.

Senator Manning also took time last week to tour the Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit at PeaceHealth in Eugene and the Lane County Jail.  The PeaceHealth facility administers medical, psychological and social services for people experiencing psychiatric crises and works closely with the Junction City hospital in providing psychiatric care and resources.

Senator Manning Makes Meaningful Statement: "If you don't experience it, don't discount it."

SB 356 Committee

Earlier this week, Senator Manning delivered some powerful sentiments on a bill being considered in his Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senate bill 356, which deals with crimes of intimidation, received a public hearing on March 15th.

Click to listen to Senator Manning's statement in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Bill Update


Thousands of bills are introduced each legislative session, but only a fraction of those will pass the legislature any given year.  Many of the bills about which constituents contact our office will receive public hearings to allow stakeholders to discuss issues around opposition or support.  Commonly, bills will be changed or amended several times prior to a vote by the House and Senate members.  For this reason, Senator Manning isn't always able to take a firm position on a bill, knowing that the version being discussed on the media, isn't always the same version for which he may cast a Committee or floor vote.  

We track many bills so that when Senator Manning is called to cast a vote, he's well-informed and up-to-speed on any changes or issues with the bill.  Each week, we receive hundreds of emails from constituents.  We do our best to provide the most recent information, but it's always changing.

If you have questions about a bill, who to contact or where it may be in the process, contact our office and we're always happy to provide information.

Upcoming deadlines:
April 7th: Bills must be scheduled for a work session (or Committee vote) in the committee to which they've been assigned.

April 18: Bills must pass through the Chamber of Origin by this date.  

Any bills that do not meet these deadlines will not move forward for the 2017 session. 

Tiffany Edwards

Staff Information:

Tiffany Edwards
Chief of Staff/Communications Director

Lawanda Manning

Lawanda Manning
Legislative Assistant

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1707   District Phone: 541-678-3370
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, S-205, Salem, Oregon 97301
Email: Sen.JamesManning@oregonlegislature.gov
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