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BMCC to host weekly legislative videoconferences

Post Date:01/27/2020 2:33 PM

In an effort to stay connected with local legislators, Blue Mountain Community College will host weekly videoconferences with Sen. Bill Hansell (R-Athena) and Rep. Greg Barreto (R-Cove) throughout the 2020 Oregon Legislative “short” Session. The videoconferences will take place each Tuesday from 7-8 a.m. from Feb. 4 through March 3 in the BMCC Boardroom in Pioneer Hall on the Pendleton campus.

BMCC center locations in Baker City, Boardman, Hermiston and Milton-Freewater will also have access to the videoconferences.

This is the fourth year that BMCC has hosted these public videoconferences with Sen. Hansell and Rep. Barreto. Sen. Hansell and Rep. Barreto join the videoconference from Salem, where they’re representing the region in the Legislative Session. The sessions are open to the public, and are an opportunity for citizens to express concerns, address proposed bills, and gain feedback directly from Sen. Hansell and Rep. Barreto.

“Legislators are inundated with many different issues over the course of the Legislative Session, so these videoconferences are a valuable opportunity to let our local legislators know what’s important to us in eastern Oregon,” said Casey White-Zollman, Vice President of College Relations & Advancement at BMCC. “BMCC appreciates the time Sen. Hansell and Rep. Barreto give to the College and the public each week to stay in tune with what impacts us.”

The videoconferences are typically held weekly during the short sessions in even numbered years, which run for just 35 days, and bi-weekly during regular sessions in odd numbered years.

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