Three legislative-related matters before diving into this week’s news:
First, last Thursday, the Restoring Recreational Immunity Bill (SB 327), passed out of the House Judiciary Committee with a unanimous vote. It now waits a full vote in the House; it already unanimously passed the Senate in April. This is good news for this important legislation which will restore immunity to landowners, volunteers, directors, and other “agents” who allow public access; see the two-pager we’ve shared before for more information.
Second, there will be an informational hearing on June 7th before the Senate Environment and Natural Resource Committee on the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Program. Once the committee gives a time and develops an agenda for the hearing, we’ll let everyone know.
Second, mark your calendars!! Please join COLT and our partners for the Oregon Agricultural Heritage ProgramLobby Day in Salem on June 22nd!! The OAHP (HB 3249) is currently waiting for a referral to the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Natural Resources, but it is competing with hundreds of budget bills. So now is the time to send a powerful message of support by having enthusiastic landowners, farmers, ranchers and conservation organizations gather in Salem to talk to legislators about the need for OAHP. Nothing gets a legislator’s attention like a personal visit from a constituent!
If you are interested in attending the Lobby Day in Salem on June 22nd, please email our legislative intern, Katie Young, to follow-up on details.
Our latest bill tracking sheet for the 2017 legislative session. Note that the OAHP bill has an informational hearing scheduled for June 7th before the Senate Environment and Natural Resource Committee.