Oregon’s 79th Legislative Session: The Halfway Point

Mid-Session Update

We are just past the official halfway point of Oregon’s 79th legislative session. Of the more than 2,500 bills and proposals introduced since session began in February, all of OEC’s efforts are alive and moving through committee. 

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NOW is when your voice has power. We are at a critical point when bills such as, Clean Engines, Clean Air, won’t be strengthened and move without vocalized support from people like you to lawmakers in Salem.

Here’s the latest & ways you can help move the effort along (Open Interactive PDF ).

Let lawmakers know you support efforts to clean up Oregon’s air, create sustainable water management systems, and protect our climate. Stay strong with us through July!

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5 Replies to "Oregon’s 79th Legislative Session: The Halfway Point"

  • Jean Wyman
    May 16, 2017 (10:09 pm)
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    I just heard from a physicians for responsible something or other that the senate approved a bill allowing nuclear reactors to be built in cities all over Oregon, bypassing the law that requires a disposal solution for left over nuclear waste. Why haven’t you raised the alarm?

    • admin
      May 17, 2017 (2:45 pm)
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      Our friends at Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility are doing great work to stop this bill – SB 990 would change current law by allowing small nuclear reactors to be built with only the approval of the city or county the reactor would be located in. Currently, any nuclear plant built in Oregon would require statewide approval at the ballot. Right now it looks like the bill will not move forward but OEC is learning more about these reactors, which are certain to be an issue again in the future.

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