Local lawmakers talk with constituents over coffee


RED BLUFF, Calif. - Around 100 people in Red Bluff took some time Wednesday morning to have coffee and conversation with two Northstate lawmakers, Assemblyman James Gallagher and Senator Jim Nielsen.

The meeting was held very similar to a town hall with a short presentation by both men followed by a question and answer session.

The goal of the event was to give those rural communities a chance to interact with their lawmakers since they are less likely to swing by offices in Sacramento or the district locations.

Topics ranged from the Oroville Dam spillway crisis to public safety. Senator Jim Nielsen said a key issue he's watching closely right now is the opioid epidemic.

"There will be a number of bills I expect monitoring the opioid and the over prescription of those opioid's. Federal and state there will be an awful lot of scrutiny more than has been thus far. And I'm on the health committee so I'll get to be at the vanguard of it," said Nielsen.

During the event, both lawmakers expressed their frustration with the way things are going at the capitol and said 2017 has been a very challenging year.

Tehama, Glenn and Butte counties are all part of Nielsen and Gallagher's districts. The closest physical offices for both are located in Chico.

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