Government Affairs Committee Update

January 29, 2019

The Keizer Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee met Wednesday, January 16th. A summary of the meeting is below.

Legislative Session & Luncheon:

The 2019 Legislative Session is underway. Many in the business community are concerned about what Democratic supermajorities in both the Oregon Senate and House may mean for business. There are proposals ranging from tax increases to cap and trade which could increase costs for employers.

In the lead up to our January 29th Legislative Luncheon (see the Keizer Chamber Website for details) members of the Government Affairs Committee discussed what questions they have for our presenter from the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce. The questions were forwarded on to Jenny Dressler for consideration.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the luncheon.


Baseball Park Taskforce:

James Hutches reported the taskforce has been meeting and a sub-committee has been formed to come up with plans for an oversight group for the park. The sub-committee includes representatives from both youth baseball leagues, a city councilor and two members of the public. A report on their progress is due back in February.

Member Updates:

Keizer City Councilor Dan Kohler – Dan his getting is feet wet now that he has been sworn-in to the council. He has been temporarily assigned as the City Council Representative to the Keizer Chamber of Commerce.

Collen Busch (Cherriots) – During the legislative session Cherriots will be working to make sure revenue earmarked for transportation is not swept to other projects. Cherriots is hosting a career fair on January 31st. Those interested can visit for more information.

Danielle Bethell and James Hutches (Urban Growth Boundary) – The first meeting of the citizen’s advisory group looking at the urban growth boundary took place and members were given a crash course in the data prepared for the project.


Upcoming Events

January 29th – Chamber Luncheon – This month we will get an update on the upcoming legislative session. Please make plans to attend to hear what is coming and how you can help. Details and registration at

January 30th – Cook’s Night Off – Take a break from the kitchen and join us at El Patron Mexican Grill for dinner. You can enter to win a $100 gift card plus, you don’t have to do the dishes!

Our next Government Affairs Committee Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 20th at noon at the Chamber Office.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact me.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jonathan Thompson, Chair

Government Affairs Committee, Keizer Chamber of Commerce

Cell: (503) 580-1294