Beyond Toxics 2024 Legislative Agenda

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The bills we are supporting

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Right to Repair  - SB 1596A -15
Bill Title: Relating to a right to repair consumer electronic equipment; prescribing an effective date.
Catchline/Summary: Requires an original equipment manufacturer to make available to an owner of consumer electronic equipment or an independent repair provider on fair and reasonable terms any documentation, tool, part or other device or implement that the original equipment manufacturer makes available to an authorized service provider for the purpose of diagnosing, maintaining or repairing consumer electronic equipment.

Chief Sponsors: Senator Sollman, Dembrow, Representative Neron, Senator Golden, Representative Bynum, Nosse

Status: After passing out of the Senate Committee On Energy and Environment with a -15 emendment, SB 1596A passed on the floor of the Senate*. It will be under review in the Ways and Means Committee.

Why Beyond Toxics supports this bill
We support SB 1596 (The Right to Repair) because it will reduce Oregon’s electronic waste footprint by requiring technology companies to make parts that allow small businesses to repair electronics (like smartphones). By being able to fix phones, computers, and appliances instead of buying new ones, it is estimated the Right to Repair program would save the average Oregon household $382 per year. From a toxics reduction perspective, e-waste is the fastest-growing waste stream in the world, and the Right to Repair bill will help Oregonians prevent an estimated 4,800 cell phones from going into a landfill every day.

See details and track the progress of SB 1596A

* Oregon ‘right to repair’ bill passes state Senate By Lauren Dake (OPB)

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Healthy Homes Program Funding - SB 1530 -3
Bill Title: Relating to state financial administration; declaring an emergency.
Catchline/Summary: Appropriates moneys to the Housing and Community Services Department, Oregon Health Authority, Department of Human Services, State Department of Energy and Oregon Department of Administrative Services for various programs.
Status: The bill (SB 1530 -3) passed out of the Senate Committee On Housing and Development on Feb. 13th with amendments. It is due to proceed to the Ways and Means Committee next.

Healthy Homes is an innovative Oregon grant program supporting essential home repairs and improvements to keep low-income families healthy, reduce energy bills and medical costs. While initial funding for the program was a good start, it will run out before the next budget cycle because there is so much need across the state. A legislative investment of $15 million in 2024 will keep this critical program going.

Background - Read the Healthy Homes flyer (PDF)
Solving Oregon’s housing crisis is about more than building new housing, it’s also about keeping low-income families from losing their homes. When everyone in our community has a healthy home with affordable utility bills, it will contribute to greater housing security for our most vulnerable Oregonians.

Ask your representative to support Healthy Homes legislation! Sign the Healthy Homes petition TODAY!

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PFAS Testing in Biosolids - HB 4049 -2
Bill Title: Relating to a study of PFAS in biosolids applied to land; declaring an emergency.
Catchline/Summary: Directs the Oregon State University Extension Service and the College of Agricultural Sciences of Oregon State University to study the fate and transport of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) found in biosolids applied to agricultural fields.

Chief Sponsors: Representative Helm, Senator Sollman, Representative Owens

Status: The bill was adopted with an amendment in the House Committee On Agriculture, Land Use, Natural Resources, and Water on February 13th. | It is due to proceed to the Ways and Means Committee next.

See details and track the progress of HB 4049

 

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COAL Act - HB 4083
Bill Title: Relating to the removal of thermal coal from the State Treasury investment portfolio.
Catchline/Summary: Directs the Oregon Investment Council and the State Treasurer to make efforts to eliminate certain investments in thermal coal companies

Chief Sponsors: Representatives Pham K and Gamba, Senator Golden, Representatives Andersen, Dexter, Nguyen H, Nosse, Tran; Senators Campos, Dembrow, Gorsek

Status: HB 4083 passed out of the House Committee on Emergency Management, General Government, and Veterans on February 13th without amendment. On Monday, Feb. 19th the full House voted on and passed the COAL Act. It is currently awaiting its first reading in the Senate, after which it will be sent to a Senate committee.

See details and track the progress of HB 4083

 

NEEDS TO CHANGE

We support the Oregon Conservation Network’s listing of SB 1537, Housing Production Policy with Large Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) Expansion, as a bill of concern. This bill, as introduced, would undermine our state land use goals by allowing cities to expand their Urban Growth Boundary with very few restrictions and criteria and is not the right answer to the housing crisis. | MORE on what the Oregon Environmental Council (OEC) says on this budget item: https://oeconline.org/2024-legislative-session/