Sen. Bill Hansell, R-Athena, announced recently he will not seek another term in the Oregon Legislature and though his final departure won’t be until 2024, the fact he will step away from the state political stage should be viewed by voters as both a good thing and with a fair amount of trepidation.

Hansell’s announcement is good for the longtime lawmaker and his family. It means, surely, he will be able to devote his energies to his family and other pursuits of the nonpolitical nature. Yet, Hansell isn’t just another legislator, and his departure will mean a tremendous amount of institutional knowledge — which helps voters — will vanish.

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