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SB 590 Organizes a Rangeland Protection Association & provided Fire Protection for Croplands

VOTE: YES – Signed into Law by Gov Brown

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SB 762 Reducing Risk of Wildfires via Mandates

VOTE: NO
Signed into Law by Gov Brown

SB 590 Organizes a Rangeland Protection Association & provided Fire Protection for Croplands

VOTE: YES
Signed into Law by Gov Brown

Findley and Owens discuss the legislative session

As the legislative session wrapped up, state Sen. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, and Rep. Mark Owens, R-Crane, held a virtual town hall and had a lot to discuss. One of the items at the top of the list for both lawmakers was the drought. Findley said one of the most significant “side effects” of drought are the wildfires. He touted wil…

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CONTROVERSIAL TIMBER TAX, FARM OVERTIME BILLS DIE

Two of the Oregon Legislative Session’s most contentious bills died in Committee as the Oregon Capitol closed their 2021 Session this weekend. Farm overtime: House Bill 2358 would have required Ag employers to pay farm workers overtime if they worked more than 40 hours in a week.  This bill received many long hearings and headlines during the year but failed to…

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‘Sine Die’: The highlights of Oregon’s historic 2021 legislative session

The Oregon Legislature wrapped up Saturday, (6-26-21) marking the end of an eventful session that included high profile legislation, a resignation and the first expulsion of a legislator in state history. The session, which began Jan. 21 after a two-day delay from concerns about possible attacks from right-wing extremists, saw lawmakers take up bills addressing pandemic relief, wildfire relief, police…

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HB 2379, 5% Timber Tax

HB 2379 VOTE: NO Died In Committee on 06/26/2021 Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/HB2379 Committee assigned to bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2021R1/Committees/HREV/Overview This bill imposes tax on owner of timber at time of harvest at five percent of value of timber to be transferred to Emergency Wildfire Fund. Fiscal Responsibility Severance taxes are taxes imposed on the removal of natural resources within a…

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$195M wildfire bill advances in Oregon Legislature

A $195 million wildfire bill passed out of the Ways and Means committee Tuesday (June 22, 2021) on a party-line vote and now heads to floor votes in the House and Senate amid criticism by some lawmakers that it will hurt rural Oregonians. Backers of Senate Bill 762 are calling it one of the most important pieces of legislation being…

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Hidden Fees Ahead warning sign

HB 2341 Prorates property taxes due to fire damage

VOTE:YES
Signed into Law by Gov Brown

SJM 3 Property owner’s redress from federal forest fires

SJM 3 VOTE: YES Filed with Secretary of State on 05/26/2021 Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/SJM3 This bill urges Congress to establish a program to give property owners redress having the federal government reimburse property owners for property damage that resulted from a fire that started on mismanaged federal forest-lands. Fiscal Responsibility In 2020, wildfires in Oregon burned more than…

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2021 Oregon Legislature: Priorities, uncertainties

The 2021 Oregon Legislature is under way at the capitol building in Salem, but this session is far from normal. It is marked by pandemic related issues and restrictions and a $1.7 billion budget shortfall. By far, the top issue is the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Sen. Betsy Johnson. “We have heard both pro and con about the vaccine,” Johnson…

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