Send testimony to: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Testimony/SEE 2/11 1:00pm
This bill creates Environmental Justice Council and requires natural resource agencies to use their analysis in their policymaking.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
Environmental justice is a social justice agenda that suppresses the economy. What is catering to a few suppresses the majority.
The Act authorized compensation and expenses for non-legislative members to be paid out of funds appropriated to the Governor for that purpose.
In 2007, the Legislature enacted Senate Bill 420 ( ORS 182.535 – 182.550) creating a 12-member Environmental Justice Task Force (EJ Task Force).The Act further directed the natural resources agencies to take actions to improve public participation on environmental justice issues; advising agencies on environmental justice issues; identify minority and low-income communities, in cooperation with natural resource agencies, that may be affected by the agencies’ environmental decisions; determine whether and how to meet decisions that stem from the hearings; engage in public outreach affected by agency decisions; create a citizen advocate position considering environmental justice issues, and informing the agency of the effect of its decisions on communities traditionally under-represented in public processes. Senate Bill 286 renames the EJ Task Force as the Environmental Justice Council (Council) and establishes the Council within Department of Environmental Quality. The Act directs the Council to develop a cumulative impact analysis and requires natural resource agencies to utilize the cumulative impact analysis.
Meet with all communities and making recommendations on environmental justice issues to the Governor about concerns raised by these communities. Looking for a problem to solve. Steered by environmental groups towards Agenda 21 goals.