Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Measures/Overview/HB2061
Personal Choice and Responsibility
Increase in food production costs will either be paid by the producers, who may not be able to remain in business; or by the consumer – raising the cost of living, disproportionally affecting those on limited or fixed incomes.
Increases fees (taxes) on agricultural producers in all categories of operation. This is a big impact on OregonAg. Increases NPDES or WPCF permit fees for small confined animal feeding permit from $100 to $125; medium animal from $200 to $250; and large animal from $300 to $500, maximum $10,000. Authorizes a permit application fee of $100 for small confined animals, $150 for medium animals, $300 large animals not to exceed $15,000. Establishes a $200 permit application fee for the transfer of an operation under a general or individual NPDES or WPCF permit. Effective January 1, 2020.
A gross overreach of government. The fee (tax) increases are huge trying to make a crisis out of a bankrupt dairy to justify high permit costs for a false resolution.