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Rep. Marsh to host virtual town hall

Rep. Pam Marsh, D-Ashland, will hold a virtual town hall meeting from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, March 21, to discuss the outcomes of the 2022 legislative session.

Marsh is slated to address issues impacting Southern Oregon, including wildfire recovery, broadband access, illegal cannabis grows, climate change, drought, housing and homelessness, according to a press release.

During the legislative session Feb. 1 to March 4, Marsh served as chair of the House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.

“Despite the limitations of our short, 32-day session, the Legislature took important actions to address the critical issues facing Oregon,” Marsh said in the release. “An unpredicted spike in state revenues allowed us to make strategic, one-time investments in housing, climate resilience, rural infrastructure, workforce training, K-12 schools, and summer programming and child care.”

Marsh represents House District 5, which covers the Applegate to the Greensprings, including Phoenix, Talent, Ashland, Jacksonville, Ruch and the southwest corner of Medford.

According to an online summary of Marsh’s priorities, highlights from the session included passage of House Bill 4026, which directs $25 million to support qualifying wildfire-impacted districts through the 2024-25 school year; HB 4092, an omnibus broadband bill; and HB 4064, which changes the state’s home loan replacement program to allow residents whose homes were destroyed by a natural disaster to purchase new homes.

Marsh also cited the expansion of Project Turnkey, a program focused on acquiring older motels for conversion to shelters and transitional housing, $1.3 million secured to upgrade Briscoe School, and $2.5 million to close budget gaps in the Phoenix Public Safety Building project.

A link to the town hall meeting is available at bit.ly/3vQqOtc, or www.oregonlegislature.gov/marsh. Spanish and American Sign Language interpretation are available.