Bills We Support in the 2021 Legislative Session

The legislation we strongly support in the 2021 Oregon Legislative session includes:

BILL NUMBER: HB 2357
BILL TITLE: OFRI Funding
SPONSORS:
Representatives Salinas, Holvey, Golden, Pham, Wilde
DESCRIPTION: Eliminates funding for Oregon Forest Resources Institute Fund (OFRI) and directs equivalent moneys to a newly established Sound Forestry Practices Sub-account of State Forestry Department Account. Requires that revenue from levy of additional privilege tax under forest products harvest tax be credited to Sound Forestry Practices Subaccount. Directs use of moneys in account. Board of Forestry sets future rates.

This bill is set for a public hearing in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday March 2 @ 3:15pm PST.

We need to make sure legislators hear from teachers, scientists, water managers, community leaders, and all Oregonians that have been impacted by our corporate logging industry. So, please do three things right now:

Sign up to testify virtually at the hearing on March 2.
You can sign up here: https://survey.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bBO0UPWdhBuwBim

STEPS:
You will need to enter your name and contact information.

Next to the bill number HB 2357 make sure to check “yes” that you want to testify, and indicate that you are “for” the bill.

If you can’t testify virtually that day, submit written testimony in advance.

STEPS:
Go to this link: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Testimony/HAGNR

Select March 2 from the drop down menu

Click the radio button next to HB 2357

Enter your contact information

Click the radio button that says you “support” the bill

Attach a PDF of your testimony or select “text” and paste or type text into the field.

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If passed, HB 2357 would end government funding the Oregon Forest Research Industry (OFRI), which is an industry PR organization. OFRI has used taxpayer dollars for decades to promote industrial timber clear-cuts in the media and as school curriculum to convince the public that clearcuts are good for Oregon.

HB 2357 requires that some tax revenue under forest products harvest tax be credited to State Forestry Department Account for deposit in Sound Forestry Practices Subaccount. These tax payer dollars need to be redirected to science-based forest management, not slick commercials covering up environmental harm from corporate timber.


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BILL NUMBER: HB 2409
BILL TITLE: Relating to pesticide application within planned communities
SPONSORS:
Representatives Grayber, Wilde, Senator Gelser, Riley
DESCRIPTION: Introduced by Rep. Neron, prohibits homeowners associations from requiring application of pesticide on owner’s property. If passed, this bill will help protect pregnant women, infants and children, elders and pets from inadvertent pesticide exposure on lawns and walkways near homes.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
This bill creates an opt-out policy in homeowner associations giving people more say-so in preventing unwanted pesticide sprays where they live and play. Passing HB 2409 will start the important conversation about alternatives to harmful pesticides in our home and natural environments.
Beyond Toxics is working with Representative Courtney Neron (D-District 26) to reduce exposures to herbicides in residential communities.

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BILL NUMBER: HB 2842
BILL TITLE:
Healthy Homes Bill
SPONSORS:
Chief Sponsors: Representatives Marsh, Power, Pham
Regular Sponsors: Representatives Campos, Kropf, Nosse, Wilde, Williams, Zika
DESCRIPTION: The Healthy Homes Bill (HB 2842) would create a Healthy Homes program to invest in life-changing home energy upgrades and support critical home improvements for low-income families.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
In 2020, it became even more clear that living in a healthy home is essential. Fifty-four percent of Oregonians live in housing built before 1978. This housing is energy inefficient and in need of repairs. Low-income families are at the highest risk. People living in energy inefficient homes experience sick days and hospital visits caused by mold, cold weather, and an inability to take refuge from bad outdoor air quality. This is even more dangerous during a respiratory pandemic: research shows that people who breathe polluted air are at greater risk of severe cases of COVID-19.

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BILL NUMBER: HB 2475
BILL TITLE: The Oregon Energy Affordability Act
SPONSORS: Representative Power, Pham
DESCRIPTION: Decrease utility costs for families already struggling in the economic recession by establishing a Low-Income Utility Rate Class.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
During the pandemic, Oregonians struggle to make ends meet and spend more time at home. Energy burden, the share of someone’s income that goes toward energy bills, is increasing as people use more energy and sources of income dry up. People are falling behind on their bills, making tough budget decisions, and need relief. At the same time, utilities need tools to help manage mounting past-due bills. The legislature must act to allow for flexible rate structures that relieve energy burden and protect all ratepayers long-term from widespread cost increases.

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BILL NUMBER: HB 2995
BILL TITLE: 100% Clean Energy For All
SPONSORS: Representatives Power, Marsh, Pham
DESCRIPTION: Create good, well-paying, local jobs in the renewable energy sector that incentivize local projects that are good for communities and reduce pollution by achieving 100% clean energy as soon as possible.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, wildfires, and widespread lost income, there’s never been a more important time for energy policy that helps us all recover and build back–especially those who have been hit hardest by these crises. Clean energy can create opportunities in every community across Oregon. New projects can create good jobs and local economic and resiliency benefits. The potential for clean energy projects has not been fully realized or felt equally across the state.

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BILL NUMBER: SB 286
(at the request of Governor Kate Brown for Office of the Governor)
BILL TITLE: Relating to environmental justice; prescribing an effective date.
SPONSORS:
Printed pursuant to Senate Interim Rule 213.28 by order of the President of the Senate in conformance with presession filing rules, indicating neither advocacy nor opposition on the part of the President.

DESCRIPTION: Renames Environmental Justice Task Force as Environmental Justice Council.


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Instructions on How to Testify at Legislative Hearings (PDF)
See also: 5 Tips To Navigate The 2021 Legislative Session

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