Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SJM 7 Support for Green New Deal

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee
rges Congress to enact Green New Deal legislation along the lines of the proposed Green New Deal in order to respond to the climate

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2917 Allows surface water collection

VOTE: YES – Died In Committee
Allows collection of rainwater, snowfall, etc without a permit.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 103/104 re-classifies farming activities

SB 103/104 VOTE: NO – Died in Committee
Both have to do with reclassifying rural dairies into industrial dairies, claiming pollution concerns.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 886 Limits water used on animal feeding operations

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee
Limits the amount of water used at confined animal feeding operations and concentrated animal feeding operations.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 311 Dispatching firefighting resources

VOTE: YES – DIED In Committee
Authorizes State Fire Marshal to dispatch firefighting resources in response to fire or wildfire burning on unprotected property.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2493 Prohibits aerial application of pesticides

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee
Prohibits aerial application of pesticides in the McKenzie and Santiam watersheds.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 645 State Wildlife Fund expenditure restrictions

VOTE: YES – Died In Committee
Requires license fees and funds received by State Wildlife Fund be used only to directly support the programs for which money was received.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 292 Fire fighting equipment for unprotected lands

VOTE: YES – Died In Committee
Makes State Fire Marshal responsible for unprotected lands providing equipment and air resources to fight wildfires increasing firefighting flexibility.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 291 Request of fire-fighting forces

VOTE: YES – Died In Committee
Allows governing body of county, city or district the authority to request fire-fighting forces or equipment.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 256 Prohibits drilling offshore

VOTE: NO – GOVERNOR Brown SIGNED
Permanently prohibits drilling for oil, gas, or sulphur in offshore territorial waters of Oregon.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 340/SB 622 Allows cougar hunting with dogs

VOTE: YES – Died In Committee
Allows cougar hunting with dogs with sportspac license during an annual 30-day statewide season.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2819 Diverts Columbia for irrigation

HB 2819 VOTE: Yes – Died n Committee 
Diverts Columbia River water to irrigation activities test program in Umatilla River Basin to see if it will protect valuable ground water resources.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 508 Renewable hydroelectric energy

SB 508 VOTE: YES – Died n Committee
Deletes many of the requirements preventing the counting hydroelectric power, enabling more hydroelectric energy to go toward the renewable portfolio standard.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 608 Rent control

SB 608 VOTE: NO – Governor Brown Signed
Prohibits landlord from terminating month-to-month tenancy without cause after 12 months of occupancy and caps the growth of rent at 7%.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 49 Regarding timber & product sales

SB 49 VOTE: YES – Died in Committee
Exempt from Public Contracting Code contracts for timber sales from lands owned or managed by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission or Department or sale of forest products valued at more than $15,000.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 627 Transfers watershed area from local control

SB 627 VOTE: NO – Died In Committee
This transfer is a move to withdraw access to lands for recreational use.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2493 Prohibits aerial spraying

HB 2493 VOTE: NO – Died In Committee
Prohibits aerial application of pesticides in the McKenzie and Santiam watersheds.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2250A Sets minimum on environmental laws

VOTE: NO – Governor Brown Signed
Allows environmental agencies law making authority if federal environment laws reduce their impact

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2656 control of watershed areas

HB 2656 VOTE: NO – Died n Committee
Allows total government control over watershed areas

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 4138 Motorboats Causing Erosion

VOTE: NO – Died in Committee – This bill is directed at one area of conflict along the Willamette River, but the authorization applies to the whole state.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 4126 Household Hazardous Waste Program

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Relating to household hazardous waste; declaring an emergency. Imposes penalty for violation of program provisions not to exceed $25,000 per day for each day of violation.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 1552 Ratepayer Protection Act

VOTE: YES – Died In Committee – Designed to cap costs for Oregon energy users and establish consistent policies aligned with keeping electric rates as low as possible.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 4016 Klamath Transfer of Water Rights

VOTE: YES – Died In committee – Authorizes Tulelake Irrigation Districts holding claims within the Klamath Project to transfer place of use to other land within the district.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 4015 Fish & Wildlife Advisory & Fund

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Establishes Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund and Oregon Conservation and Recreation Advisory Committee to carry out activities protecting, maintaining or enhancing fish and wildlife resources.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 4118A Good Neighbor Authority Bill

VOTE: YES – Died In Committee – Requires Governor to work with US Forest Service to give priority to projects that increase services to produce increased timber harvest volumes, are self-sustaining and maximize financial return to Oregon. Requires Secretary of State to audit lottery expenditures made by the State Forestry Department.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 4148 Establishes Oregon Energy Board

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Establishes the Oregon Energy Board, appointed by the governor, as the governing body for the Department of Energy, as well as for matters involving climate change.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 1508/HB 4002/SB 1541 Surcharge Fee for Toxic Air Program

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Rrequires Environmental Quality Commission to establish fee on top of fees to pay to develop and implement a program to reduce public health risks of emissions of toxic air contaminants from industrial and commercial air contamination sources.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 1519/SB 1537 Creates Oregon Energy Commission

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Creates Oregon Energy Commission as policy and rule-making body for State Department of Energy and required to develop a statewide strategic energy plan…

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 4109 Study on Carbon Sequestration

VOTE: YES – Died In Committee – Directs a study to promotes carbon sequestration through wood products and natural resources by managing resources, promoting forest health and habitat, while mitigating wildfire, creating jobs through regional approaches for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 4001/SB 1507 Cap and Trade

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Places a cap on greenhouse gas emissions by creating a market-based compliance mechanism buying and selling credits and levy fees on private corporations that can’t demonstrate compliance…

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 3245A Streamlines City Comprehensive Plan Changes

VOTE: YES – Governor Signed – Allows city governing body to authorize planning commission or hearings officer to conduct hearings and make decisions on applications for amendments to city comprehensive plan. Authorizes appeal of decision to city governing body.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2269A Modifies Business Fees Subject to Clean Air Act

Governor signed – Adds fee schedule for business subject to federal operating permit program under Title V of federal Clean Air Act and a one-time supplemental fee. Authorizes the state to receive funds according to the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Agreement and establishes grants and loans for diesel engine replacement or retrofit (similar to SB 1008).

Energy & Transportation

HB 2020A Re-Defines Oregon’s Energy Policy

VOTE: NO – Died in Committee – Oregon Global Warming Commission is abolished, creating the Oregon Energy and Climate Board to set policy and renaming the ODOE to Oregon Department of Energy and Climate.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2711A Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing

VOTE: NO – Died in Committee – Extends moratorium until December 31, 2027, on use of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas exploration and production, excluding coal bed methane extraction wells.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 3312 Freezes Minimum Environmental Regulations

VOTE: NO – Died in Committee – Requires the Department of Environmental Quality to establish environmental regulations at least as stringent as those provided under federal law on January 19th, 2017.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 608 Expanding Urban Growth Boundary

VOTE: YES – Died In Committee – Allows local governments to expand the Urban Growth Boundary when the number of new households in a jurisdiction exceed the number of new housing units and vacancy rates drop below six percent.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 432A Boundary Growth Exception

VOTE: YES – Died In Committee – Allows rural county with no population growth, and certain local governments in county, to adopt comprehensive land use plan without complying with statewide land use planning goals until population growth invalidates their qualification for the exception.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 3050 Permits Solar on High Value Farmland

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Permits siting of commercial solar photovoltaic power generation facility on land not designated as high value farmland unless county adopts exceptions where no high value farmland is available.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2466 New Tax on Timber Harvest

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Reduces proposed taxes by fifty-percent to go to the Forestland and County Reserve Fund. Imposes inordinate tax on timber harvest to fund fire suppression, redemption of burned areas, watershed conservation and distribution to counties.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 3226 Forest Management Plans

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Puts State Board of Forestry in total control of forests via establishing a criteria for preserving natural resource values on forestland, periodically updating geological numerical criteria, and approving forest management plans for every forest over 5,000 acres that includes harvesting priorities, DEQ requirements, waterway management and preserving of old-growth.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 198 Scientific Review Board

VOTE: NO – Died In Committee – Establishes scientific review of natural resources by an Oregon Independent Science Review Board, Independent Scientific Review Secretariat, scientific review panels and Independent Scientific Review Fund within Oregon State University appointed and serves at the pleasure of the Governor.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2705 Metered Water Measurements

Died In Committee – Requires gathering data from tributaries at the point of diversion or appropriation to meter water needs and effectively manage water flow and report measured amounts and allow determination of rate and duty.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2706 Fees on Water Rights

Died In Committee – Imposes annual management fee of $100 on each primary or supplemental water right. Provides for deposit of management fee moneys into Water Resources Department Water Right Operating Fund to fund field, technical, scientific and administrative activities.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2707 Ground Water Study

Died In Committee – Provides General Fund money for additional ground water studies and evaluation conducted in cooperation with United States Geological Survey in priority basins determined by Water Resources Department.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2320 Non-Motorized Boating Program

Died In Committee. Establishes a Non-Motorized Boating Program that requires education on use and safety, and regulations adopted by rule; and provide safe access to waters. Safety is not the issue so the program is to increase funding.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2296A New Program to Evaluate Well Applications

Governor signed – Establishes special standards application fee for obtaining advice and evaluation on wells to increase likelihood of approval, and increases fees for property owner permits for wells.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2365 – Task Force to Transfer Forest Lands

Died In Committee – Establishes Task Force on the Transfer of Federal Land Ownership in Oregon to research the impact, problems and benefits. Sunsets December 31, 2018. Declares emergency.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2256A Labeling Dietary Supplements

Governor Signed. Adds dietary supplements subject to labeling and Oregon Food Laws to ensure sanitation of supplements and establishments, and ensures sanitation, enforced by the State Department of Agriculture and Oregon Health Authority.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 308 Task Force on Barriers Using Marijuana

Establishes a Task Force to identify barriers for social and private consumption of Cannabis to accommodate for marijuana user beyond what is done for tobacco users creating a privileged group, and report on recommended legislation by September 15, 2018.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2203 Distribution of Marijuana Retail Taxes

Changes distribution of moneys collected as tax on retail marijuana items adding 30% to counties and increasing funds to cities for licensing, while cutting 40% for school funds leaving them to deal with student use from other school funds.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 4046B Increases penalties for unlawful taking or killing of wildlife

VOTE:NO Passed SUMMARY: Adds black bear and cougar to list of penalties for unlawful taking or killing of wildlife, increases other penalty fines, and adds Class A misdemeanor that includes "worry or disturb any wildlife" and Class C felony conviction that includes confiscation of properties. AMENDMENT A: Adds 180 day mandatory sentence for failure to comply with a citation. PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY: The adding of black…

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SB 1563A New loan program for septic systems

SB 1563A VOTE: NO Passed Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/SB1563 SB 1563   Authorizes Environmental Quality Commission to develop low-interest loan program for on-site septic system repairs, replacements, upgrades or evaluations.  Declares emergency. PERSONAL CHOICE: Makes loans more accessible for repair or replacement of septic systems. FREE MARKET: The participating lenders must agree to subordinate their liens to the borrowers’ consensual…

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HB 4040A Removes gray wolves from endangered species list

HB 4040A VOTE: YES Passed   Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/HB4040   SUMMARY: Ratifies decision of State Fish and Wildlife Commission to remove Canis lupus from state list of endangered species. Declares emergency. PERSONAL: Collectively known as the gray wolf.  Once could be found throughout the US until federal and state government exterminated them prior to 1930. Canada did their…

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SB 1574A Greenhouse gas emissions goals by rule

VOTE: NO Died In Committee Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/SB1574   Heathy Climate Act (SB 1574)    SUMMARY: Repeals greenhouse gas emissions goals and requires EQC to adopt by rule statewide greenhouse gas emissions goal for 2025, and limits for years 2035 and 2050.   This Cap and Invest program would establish a program in which carbon emissions from transportation fuels,…

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HB 2503 Regulates hunting ammunition and fishing gear by Legislature

VOTE: NO In Committee upon adjournment Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/Overview/HB2503 This bill vests sole authority to regulate hunting ammunition and fishing gear with Legislature, except that Dept of Fish and Wildlife may dictate caliber and rounds that may be in a firearm. Personal Choice Takes away personal control of caliber and rounds that may be in a firearm, which…

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HB 3554 creates GMO free market production district formation

Expands the authority of Department of Agriculture to establish tighter controls on GMO ‘commodity plants’ including eradicating or excluding GMO plants, and establishes labeling requirements for GMO seeds.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 202 Establishes Oregon Academy of Sciences

Establishes Oregon Academy of Sciences as nonprofit corporation to serve as principal source of scientific investigation at request of the Governor and Legislature.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2092A Zero-Emission-Incentive Fund

Establishes Zero-Emission Incentive Fund used to auction tax credits and give rebates for zero emission vehicles or alternative fuels vehicles.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2718 increases fees for fertilizer products

Increases limit on annual registration fees and inspection fees for fertilizer, agricultural amendment, agricultural mineral and lime products

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2537 Increases damages for unlawful killing of wildlife.

Indirectly puts every wild animal on the “endangered species” list

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 248 includes state forester on contracts

Authorizes State Forester to enter into and administer contracts for activities necessary or convenient for sales of timber from lands owned or managed by State Board of Forestry or State Forestry Department.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SJM 10 designates National Heritage Area and funds Willamette Falls Locks

Urges Congress to designate Willamette Falls and surrounding communities as National Heritage Area and increases land use bureaucracy and decreases property rights.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2632 Encourages solar energy production

Self explanatory.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 5003 establishes fees for nursery and greenhouse growers

Approves certain new fees adopted by State Department of Agriculture on nursery and greenhouse operations.
These fees will come from rural areas that can’t absorb the expense.

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

SB 324 Repeals sunset on low carbon fuel standards.

Proposes a constitutional amendment to ‘allow’ carbon taxes, and raise the tax on Oil and Natural Gas

Agraculture, Environment, & Natural Resources

HB 2503 Places authority for ammunition and fishing gear with legislature

Vests sole authority to regulate hunting ammunition and fishing gear with Legislative Assembly with specified exceptions.