HB 4067 Inequities in Energy Rates

VOTE: NO – Passed Committee, At Desk upon adjournment.
Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2020R1/Measures/Overview/HB4067
Committee assigned to bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2020R1/Committees/SENR/Overview

This bill authorizes PUC to consider differential energy burden and other inequities of affordability in rates.

Personal Choice and Responsibility
This is social justice gone amuck. Any time inequities are defined, by its action it creates other inequities and promotes a class system. Defining “environmental justice” as a protection against making poor personal choices is not a responsibility of government and it moves society towards socialism. Identifying “environmental justice communities” is racist giving priorities to one group of people over another in the same situation. To be in compliance with the Constitution, laws need to be applied equally to all peoples.

Limited Government
Government must stop picking winners and losers. Identifies reasons for rate assistance to be environmental justice – protection from environmental and health hazards and meaningful public participation in decisions that affect the environment in which people live, work, learn, practice spirituality and play; and environmental justice communities of color, communities experiencing lower incomes, tribal communities, rural communities, frontier communities, coastal communities and other communities traditionally underrepresented in public processes, including but not limited to seniors, youth and persons with disabilities. Minorities are represented in the majority of Oregon statutes, so who is really underrepresented?


  1. BJ says:

    It’s nauseating how many special interest groups send in their letters of support for this ____. When you read the testimony from individual people, the ones who are actually supposed to be the people these elected officials represent, they are all against it! We the People don’t want this kind of interference in our lives. This session is just more government over-reach. Here’s a link to the testimonies sent in https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2020R1/Committees/SENR/Overview

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  4. Buck Norad says:

    I can see where Oregon will get its citizens to comply with their communist ideals by manipulating cost of living

  5. BJ says:

    Essentially what this does, is take taxpayers money and uses it to supplement ORGANIZATIONS who are members of environmental justice communities. NO THANK YOU. Fortunately, it looks like it has died in committee. Keep your fingers crossed because if this passes, our utility bills be be going up even further.

    “Authorizes public utilities to enter into agreements to provide financial assistance for organizations to represent in regulatory proceedings before commission interests of low-income residential customers and residential customers that are members of environmental justice communities. Directs commission to establish public process for investigating ways to address and mitigate, through nonbypassable means, differential energy burdens on classes of public utility customers and other inequities of affordability and environmental justice. Requires commission to incorporate findings into commission’s 2021 report to Environmental Justice Task Force and Governor. Sunsets public process January 2, 2022.”

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