Republican State Senator David Brock Smith, who arrived 28 minutes late for a hearing on the Winchester Dam and claimed he was unaware of the meeting, told the committee haltingly: ”I look forward to talking to you to get more history on this dam. Um. I um … appreciate the work that the agencies are doing on the on site … I feel … um … as though I need to protect my individuals, a little bit, in the Winchester Water District … um. we have situations all the time where there are water quality issues … um … in the Willamette, do we not, where there’s … spills and so forth and … and we aren’t … we aren’t bringing those issues to this committee … um … and having hearings on those and wanting to have additional hearing, so I look forward to … um …broadening this discussion if we’re going to do that, Senator Golden, um…”

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