Reschke Releases Legislative Agenda
E. Werner Reschke, R-Klamath Falls, announced his agenda for 2019 Legislative session after swearing-in at opening ceremonies on the Oregon House Chamber Floor earlier this week.
“My goals are clear and simple, to represent the needs of this district and look for opportunities to expand Liberty to all Oregonians,” said Reschke.
“I want to clearly address SB-501 which is a blatant violation of the Second Amendment. The right to bear arms ensures our liberties and our families are protected. However, Portland-area Democrats have written a radical gun-control proposal for 2019 session that will make it harder for law-abiding Oregonians to purchase firearms and ammunition.
“Gun control laws by their very nature only work if people are willing to obey, which restricts law-abiding citizens. Gun control helps the lawless. I plan to vote no on SB-501 and I will continue to support the Second Amendment.”
Following is a brief overview of bills that Reschke is sponsoring to begin the 2019 Legislative session. He is:
- Sponsoring bills to help Project Farmers transfer water within and between Klamath Irrigation districts without cumbersome and time-consuming paperwork with the state. I am also looking for funding opportunities, so we can better measure and maintain stream flows that feed Upper Klamath Lake;
- Joining Rep. Mike McLane, whose district includes, in part, northern Klamath and Lake counties, in an effort to help spouses of military personnel find employment in our communities quicker by modifying certification requirements for various vocations;
- Sponsoring a bill that helps medical providers, who work for Sky Lakes, take advantage of a tax credit offered all other rural hospitals in Oregon. I am working with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. My bill will help Sky Lakes keep and recruit top notch medical providers;
- Advocating for the Klamath Youth Inspiration Program’s funding to build a new facility in Klamath Falls to help troubled young women learn life skills in order to change their trajectory of crime to self-supporting, stable citizens;
- Co-sponsoring a bill for early vision screening for children. Having proper eyesight at a young age can make all the difference in how a student performs. I have seen this non-invasive, one-minute screening first hand. It leverages the helping spirit of our Lion’s Club as well as students at Oregon Tech’s nursing program;
- Sponsoring a bill that bans the sales of fetal tissue from abortions. Profit made from deliberately ending innocent lives cannot be justified;
- Sponsoring bills that provide more choices for education;
- Sponsoring a bill that prevents unsolicited phone calls from out-of-state telemarketers who use Oregon phone numbers.
“There are more bills and funding issues that are critical to House District 56. I will be working hard to serve the people of Bonanza, Lakeview, Keno, Klamath Falls, Malin and Merrill — and all those in between,” said Reschke.
Reschke serves on four committees in the 2019 Legislative Session: Revenue; Joint Committee on Tax Expenditures; Education; and Vice-Chair of Energy & Environment.