The Oregon Legislature has just wrapped up one of its most productive sessions, and State Representative Patti Smith was an important part of the success. The legislature increased funding for K-12 schools by nearly 10 percent, an all-time high for education funding, and increased funding for community colleges by $45 million. We also restored funding to critical senior and disabled services that had been cut by Gov. Kitzhaber and enacted a package of laws called the Oregon Women's Initative that will help women, children and families.
Rep. Smith was instrumental in two pieces of legislation important specifically to the Mid-Columbia Gorge region. First, she helped create a legislative committee designed to oversee the activities of the Gorge Commission. This will give Oregon's elected state legislators a way to keep tabs on this federal agency. Second, Rep. Smith secured state funding to help build the Mid-Columbia Veterans Memorial.
Residents of the House Dist. 56 should be proud to have Rep. Smith serving them in the Oregon Legislature.
Rep. Karen Minnis
House Majority Leader