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Joint Committee on Oversight and Accountability Holds First Meeting, Highlights Areas of Concern

SALEM, Ore. – The Joint Committee on Oversight and Accountability held its first meeting last night. Members of the Oregon Legislature and members of the public were invited to bring their experiences and observations related to state government and where it requires greater oversight.

“In light of multiple ongoing corruption scandals, we sent a letter to President Wagner and Speaker Rayfield in April requesting the creation of this committee. Democrats were extended three separate invitations to join us. All went unanswered. Republican and Independent members will utilize our own resources to conduct committee meetings until Presiding Officers deem accountability and oversight worthy of their attention, time, and nonpartisan staff. President Wagner has frequently applauded the Oregon Legislature’s rigorous committee process. Our hope is that he and other Democrat leaders see the value in this committee and agree to fully resource it,” said Senate Republican Leader Tim Knopp (R-Bend).

“We must hold our state government to a higher standard of transparency. House Republicans are committed to holding state agencies accountable. Last night we began this important work,” said House Republican Leader Vikki Breese-Iverson (R Prineville).

Also serving on the committee is Senate Independent Leader Brian Boquist (I-Dallas), Representative Greg Smith (R-Heppner), Representative E. Werner Reschke (R-Klamath Falls), and Senator Dick Anderson (R-Lincoln City).

If you would like to submit an anonymous tip on government corruption, call our tipline at 541-213-0201.


Senate Republican Office | Ashley.Kuenzi@oregonlegislature.gov
House Republican Communications | HR.Comm@oregonlegislature.gov

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