Governor signs historic legislation

By John L. Braese

The Enterprise

ONTARIO – In her visit last winter to Malheur County, Gov. Kate Brown promised to help as she toured buildings destroyed by the winter. On Monday, Brown came back to town to celebrate the fulfillment of that promise.

Before a packed house of city and country officials, growers and shippers of commodities and interested citizens at the Ontario Train Depot, Brown signed House Bill 2017.

The legislation is a transportation package that is key to Malheur County for providing $26 million for a rail shipping center to serve agriculture.

“Our goal is for everyone in Oregon to thrive,” Brown said in opening remarks before laying pen to paper. “We want all to have a good life in every corner of the state.”

She said the rail center is important to the entire region.

“This has truly been a team effort and a shared . . .