2021 Legislation

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Show your support for SCR 17 in the House Committee on Energy and the Environment


The words captured above are a “Word Cloud” of the key concepts that make up the essence of SCR 17, a work of groundbreaking importance.

Beyond Toxics, NAACP Eugene/Springfield and NAACP PDX are taking immediate action to address environmental equity and climate impacts. Together we are introducing two transformational pieces of Environmental and Climate Justice legislation that will support our most impacted communities across the state of Oregon.

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ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

RESOLUTION NUMBER: SCR 17
BILL TITLE:
Environmental Justice for Oregon: A Joint Resolution
DESCRIPTION:
This joint resolution establishes principles, builds a framework of shared values, and lays the path forward for future policies and practices based on the right to ethical, balanced, healthy and responsible uses of land and renewable resources for future generations.
One-page summary of SCR 17 (PDF)

SPONSORS:
Co-sponsors include: Senator Dembrow (Chief Sponsor), Senator Manning, Senator Frederick, Senator Golden, Representative Power (Chief Sponsor), Representative Helm, Representative Schouten, Representative Lively, Representative Reardon, Representative Wilde

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
The SCR 17 resolution recognizes that the lack of services and essential infrastructure and disproportionate exposure to environmental hazards faced by many communities in Oregon is a product of exclusion from and unequal access to decision-making processes. SCR 17 would help align the equity goals throughout the legislative and administrative branches of government to build a just, equitable, and resilient future for all Oregonians.

ALSO: Guest Opinion: Environmental justice on the floor of Legislature by Robert W. Collin (Read the PDF)

Action Alert for Environmental Justice!

SCR 17 establishes an environmental justice framework of principles for State of Oregon.

The resolution has a work session in the House Committee on Energy and Environment scheduled for Monday, May 17th @ 1:00 pm.

TAKE ACTION:
There are two ways you can support our effort to pass SCR 17 as this joint resolution moves through the House:

1) Watch the May 17th work session live and follow up with thanks to those members of the committee who support it. | May 17th agenda

2) In anticipation of SCR 17 passing out of committee, you can also write to your own representative in the House and urge their support for SCR 17:

Contact information for members of the House->>

If you don’t know who represents you, find out by your address->>

To prepare your emails of support, you can read our Sample Talking Points (PDF) for SCR 17.

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BILL NUMBER: HB 2488-A Engrossed
BILL TITLE:
Equity in Land Use
DESCRIPTION:
Requires Land Conservation and Development Commission to make changes to statewide land use planning goals by December 31, 2026, to address climate justice by addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation and environmental justice for disadvantaged communities.

Read our One-page summary of HB 2488-A Engrossed (PDF)

SPONSORS:
Chief Sponsors: Representative Power, Helm; Senators Golden and Dembrow
Regular Sponsors: Representatives Holvey, Wilde; Senators Frederick and Prozanski

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
Our statewide land use planning goals were written and adopted nearly 50 years ago, and lack standards for meaningful and equitable public participation, for achieving environmental justice, and for addressing the impacts of climate change. HB 2488-A Engrossed, Equity in Land Use, addresses these gaps in our land use system. HB 2488-A directs the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) to amend Goal 1, a statewide land use planning goal relating to public involvement. This will require local governments to adopt and incorporate practices to ensure inclusion, environmental justice, and equity are at the heart of land use planning and decision-making.

APRIL Action Alert for Environmental Justice!

UPDATE ON HB 2488-A: Equity in Land Use:
The House Committee on Energy and the Environment has passed HB 2488-A Engrossed out of committee! It now proceeds to the Joint Ways and Means Committee for consideration.

TAKE ACTION:
HB 2488-A will be heard next in the Joint Committee On Ways and Means. As a joint committee, it has legislators from both the House and the Senate. Please refer to the list of legislators in the Joint Committee On Ways and Means and if you see any of them that represent you, please write to them and express your support for HB 2488-A.

ALSO: Instructions on How to Testify at Legislative Hearings (PDF)

Read the Guest Opinion in the April 9th edition of the Statesman-Journal: HB 2488-3 address equity in land use by Phil Carver and Roberta Cade

See also, Lay of the Land (Use), a new blog from Lisa Arkin

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HB 2488->>


3) BILLS WE SUPPORT…

Ana Molina, Statewide Environmental Justice Manager for Beyond Toxics (center) is flanked by staff from Causa on a lobbying visit to the Oregon capitol.

There is other legislation we strongly support in the 2021 Oregon Legislative session, including:

BILL NUMBER: HB 2409
BILL TITLE: Relating to pesticide application within planned communities
DESCRIPTION: HB 2409, 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.
SPONSORS:
Chief Sponsors: Representatives Neron, Hudson
Regular Sponsors: Representatives Grayber, Wilde, Senator Gelser, Riley

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
This bill creates an opt-out policy in home owner 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.

BILL NUMBER: HB 2021
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.

For more information: https://cleanenergyoregon.org/
or contact: Ana Molinaamolina@beyondtoxics.org


ALSO:

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.

MORE:

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.


ALSO:

BILL NUMBER: SB 404
BILL TITLE: Bill Title: Relating to organic food production.
SPONSORS:
Chief Sponsors
: Senator Prozanski
Regular Sponsors: Senator Golden
SUMMARY: Instructs Oregon State University Extension Service to establish certain new positions related to organic production and maintain certain existing position related to organic production.

Sample Testimony from Beyond Toxics staff (PDF)


ALSO:

BILL NUMBER: HB 2409-A (engrossed)
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.


ALSO:

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.


ALSO:

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.


ALSO:

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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