We just concluded the May Legislative Days, which included an Emergency Legislative Session called by Governor Brown. I was asked by the La Grande Observer to write a column for their newspaper, which I did. In it, I explained my understanding of the Special Session, which many have called political theater. The article has been published in the Observer and you can read a copy here: Look toward legislation: Legislators become actors in Governor’s special session play.
Sen. Hansell standing with Union Elementary Fourth Graders on the Senate Floor during their building tour.
I was pleased to take a couple of groups of students from the District on the floor of the Senate this past week. We heard that fourth graders from Union Elementary might be in the Capitol, and sure enough, we found them on a tour. I might have hijacked the tour when I offered to take them on the Senate floor. The students were very attentive, and it was a special time. For the past few years, I wanted to give students a memento when they visit the Capitol. I had some 6-inch rulers made and this was the first class I was able to give them to.
Sen. Hansell standing with the Wallowa Valley Baseball team on the Senate Floor.
When I went back to my motel room that evening, I was told there was a baseball team from NE Oregon staying there. I figured that had to be from my part of the state, and it was. The coaches were sitting at a table, and I introduced myself. They were the Wallowa Valley Baseball team in Salem for the State playoffs. I offered to do a tour for the team the next day, and they had time to do it. One of the members was Daniel Delancey, whom some might remember from my Facebook post a month or so back. I had contracted with him to make me an Oregon Duck plaque. Daniel was able to see it when the team visited my office. In addition, they won their game that night, and are advancing through the bracket.
My son Bill T. Hansell sitting at the witness table testifying before the Senate Workforce Committee.
Finally, a special treat for me happened in the Workforce Committee hearing. My son Bill, who is the Youth Development Policy Analyst for the Oregon Youth Development Council, testified before the Senate Workforce Committee, on which I serve as a member. It was a real treat seeing him testify before my committee and, as it was also his birthday he said that “if it were not for Senator Hansell, I would not be testifying today.” This caused smiles and laughter to fill the Workforce Committee room.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve and represent you in the Oregon Senate.
Senator Bill Hansell
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