ASHLAND, Ore. --- Oregon State Senator Jeff Golden (OR-District 3) held his first official town hall since he was elected last November. Roughly 30 people came to Stevenson Union at SOU to hear him speak and ask about his thoughts about important issues that impact them. One of the main issues discussed was the recent passing of the rent control bill, Senate Bill 608. Golden supports the bill but says it needs some improvements. He adds it fixed the tenant protection problem but doesn't fix the affordable housing issue in the state.
“The affordable housing problem is going to take a lot more housing supply that really involves some complex issues and we'll be dealing with them in the weeks to come," added Senator Golden.
Senator Golden's aide said this is just one of the ways golden can really connect with the people faces those issues.
"It reminds people that they are involved in this process, that they have a voice, that they get to speak almost face to face with their elected representatives. I think that's really valuable in making people feel that they are a part of the process,” said Adam Lohman.
Senator Golden plans to Southern Oregon from Salem at least once a month.