State Rep. Mike McLane to run for another term

The Dist. 55 Republican, who is unopposed, says he will be an ally of small business and controlling costs

State Rep. Mike McLane filed for re-election Wednesday, and he's so far unopposed in House District 55, which covers portions of Deschutes, Jackson, Klamath and Lake counties.

First elected in 2010, McLane became the House Republican leader during his tenure.

If re-elected, McLane, 48, said he will focus his efforts on being a strong ally for small business and controlling the costs of state programs.

The Powell Butte resident is a lawyer at Miller Nash LLP in Bend and serves on the Prineville/Crook County Economic Advisory Board. He is also an officer in the Oregon Air National Guard's 173rd Fighter Wing at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls.

He represents the second-largest House district in the state.

McLane said he was a supporter of House Bill 863, which gives the state authority to regulate genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

"I think the state needs to set this policy," he said.

McLane said he supported providing an exception in the bill that allows Jackson County the ability to pass local legislation banning GMOs because of a pending initiative on the May 2014 ballot.

McLane said he's confident the Legislature will base its decision on science rather than irrational reactions to GMOs.

He said there isn't a large quantity of GMOs being grown in his district, and he said he hasn't seen much science to support the assertion that GMOs are bad.

"I don't think the dangers to public health have been proven to have to ban it in the state of Oregon," he said.

McLane said he agrees with some Jackson County officials who object to local bans on medical marijuana dispensaries, which will be established under House Bill 3460.

"I'm not sold that all the hiccups have been ironed out," McLane said.

He said he supports the issuance of medical marijuana cards, but doesn't support the legalization of marijuana.

Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476 or dmann@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at @reporterdm.


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