Speaker: Immediate hearings on college fund flap and snow storm

The soon-to-be House Speaker Dave Hunt has announced early hearings on the College Savings Fund fiasco and also on the how Government responded to the recent winter storm. Hunt said, “These hearings will occur within days of the beginning of the 2009 Legislative Session. I have asked the chairs of these committees to not only look at how Oregon did, but more importantly, to focus on how we can help those who suffered and how we can do a better job in the future. As we make funding and policy decisions for the next budget, we want to always be conscious of what we can do to make government more efficient and accountable.”

Is this a new sign of an aggressive agenda by the new Speaker? Will the hearings be for show or will they cover the in-depth issues like public transit failures and bungled school snow closure announcements?