Senator talks timber, taxes and marijuana at public forum

Senator talks timber, taxes and marijuana at public forum »Play Video
Sen. Ron Wyden, D- Ore.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Sen. Ron Wyden took questions for over an hour at Thurston High School from students and the general public on Wednesday.

The lines of questioning including a bipartisan bill on income tax reform, Wyden's O&C timber legislation and marijuana.

Wyden said his version of the timber bill strikes a good compromise and would ensure 300 to 350 million board feet of harvest each year from O&C lands in Oregon. 

The Democrat said he would support legislation to legalize industrial hemp production but not to legalize recreational pot use. 

Asked how Congress is going to get a handle on the national debt while implementing the Affordable Care Act, Wyden said he is pushing for tight cost controls and to reduce paperwork and bureaucracy in the ACA. He feels enough young people will sign up for coverage to keep costs from going out of control.