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Governor pledges to safeguard Malheur County jobs, help boost local housing

Gov. Kate Brown speaks to a breakfast gathering Friday of the Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

ONTARIO – Gov. Kate Brown said Friday she doesn't intend a controversial environmental legislation to become law in a way that would damage Malheur County's economy - a looming fear in the area.

Brown also said she doesn't want land use laws to be an impediment to housing construction in the area.

The governor made the comments during appearances in Malheur County as part of an eastern Oregon swing.

Brown kicked off a busy day with a speech before the Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce buffet breakfast at the Clarion Inn. She answered questions from the audience, toured a local onion warehouse, and then met with the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Region Board . . .