Climate change legislation will take center stage when coastal legislators Sen. Arnie Roblan and Rep. David Gomberg address the League of Women Voters of Lincoln County in Newport on Thursday, Oct. 17.

The group has invited the pair to broaden the community’s understanding of HB 2020, a bill relating to greenhouse gas emissions that was presented during the 2019 Legislative Session. They will also summarize the 2019 session in general and address any other items of interest to the audience.

HB 2020 would have established a Climate Policy Office, charged with adoption of the Oregon Climate Action Plan. After extensive discussion in legislative committees, the bill passed the House, with Rep. Gomberg voting “yes.” The bill remained in the Senate Rules Committee on adjournment and was the subject of very heated debate.

Both Roblan and Gomberg are members of the Oregon Legislative Coastal Caucus, a bicameral and bipartisan group of state legislators who represent communities on the Oregon Coast. The group recently hosted the Oregon Coastal Economic Summit, which brought together hundreds of business leaders, elected officials and other key community stakeholders to learn and find common ground on ways to help coastal and other rural communities around the state thrive.

Roblan, a former math teacher and principal, currently represents the 5th Senate District. He previously served four terms as representative for House District 9, including two terms as co-speaker. Gomberg was elected in House District 10 in 2012 and is currently serving his fourth term in the House of Representatives. He is a resident and business owner in Lincoln City.

The Oct. 17 meeting, which is open to all, will be held from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in the McEntee Room of Newport Public Library. 35 NW Nye Street.

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