By Nathalie Hardy • Columnist • 

Weidner cites session highs, lows

Weidner, the Yamhill Republican representing Yamhill County’s District 24, arrived first and set about briefing nearly two-dozen people assembled for the occasion. He was joined later by Thompson, the Dallas Republican representing neighboring District 23, which spills over into the county from Polk.

Weidner led off by saying a bill establishing a mechanism to automatically register licensed drivers to vote, effective at the age of 18 for teens getting their first license, passed 32-28.

He opposed the measure, saying he felt it raised privacy issues and put an additional financial burden on counties. 

On the plus side, Weidner said, two bills he carried were signed by the governor Tuesday.

One urges Congress to bestow a congressional medal of honor to 92-year-old McMinnville resident Leonard DeWitt for heroism he displayed in World War II. The other urges counties to adopt a Veteran’s Court Docket to get help for returning vets who need it.

As an example of the latter, he cited “the young man from Yamhill who snapped on a state police officer,” a reference to Bryan Christopher Mitchell, 29, who crashed into a trooper’s car at high speed out of anger over being issued a speeding ticket, leaving him to face a charge of attempted aggravated murder. Weidner said the special docket was aimed at “getting somebody like that the help they need.”

He was less successful with a bill offering a tax credit incentive for 3-D printing ventures. “It’s going to revolutionize the spare parts industry, and Oregon could’ve owned that,” he said of the new technology.

“We pushed really hard on this one,” he said. “The problem we ran into is people worried we wanted to print guns.”

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