Day: July 14, 2011

Thatcher sees mixed results in 2011 legislative session

Sealing names of concealed handgun license holders is already atop Rep. Kim Thatcher’s 2012 legislative priorities after what the Keizer Republican called an “interesting” 2011 session. And while she’s pleased with some of the bills she got passed in an Oregon House of Representatives that was split evenly by Democrats and Republicans – including listing companies receiving state tax breaks and incentives on a transparency website – she spent a good bit of time discussing issues she wished had been addressed, including what she calls “amazing” opposition to “proving who you are” in order to register to vote. “You’d think I was enacting a poll tax or something,” Thatcher said at a Wednesday town hall at the Keizer Fire station. “There’s nothing to prevent you from signing up as somebody else, and somebody else, and somebody else, so long as your signatures match – and they’ll match every time if you forge them right,” she added. “Vote-by-mail has proven to be the most fraud-ridden form of voting, there’s no checks and balances and no one is even doing spot-checking to make sure people are legitimately voting, or alive, living where they say they are and all that.” On guns, Thatcher praised colleagues for unanimously passing a bill allowing guns under certain circumstances on ATVs and motorcycles, but wants to see the names of concealed handgun license holders sealed; a...

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As council signals interest in Keizer Fire annexation of Clear Lake, MCFD says legal fight not so simple

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Whether Keizer Fire District should or even can take over the Clear Lake neighborhood was the hot topic at the Keizer City Council meeting Monday night. Councilors opted 6-1 to set a public hearing discussing whether the city of Keizer should assist in annexing the approximately 1,100 tax lots from the Marion County Fire District to the Keizer Fire District. Councilor David McKane was the lone no vote. The hearing was set for August 1. Some councilors said their yes vote was not an endorsement of annexation so much as it was a vote to keep the discussion going. “I think it was premature,” said Marion County Fire District Chief J. Kevin Henson. “But I understand they consider this part of the process.” Keizer Fire officials said the Marion County Fire District’s decision to end an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) whereby KFD provided ambulance service to the Clear Lake neighborhood cost the district about $75,000 and provided an impetus to move forward on the proposed annexation. Meanwhile, MCFD leaders contended the agreement was terminated because MCFD put an additional ambulance in service at Clear Lake Station 6, and merely sought to serve its own territory. Attorneys for both sides offer contrasting legal theories for whether such an annexation is possible;  Keizer Fire is relying on statutes contained in Oregon Revised Statutes Chapter 222, which govern...

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