Legislative Report, Volume 29, Number 12 – April 2019 – The League of Women Voters of Oregon

In This Issue:
Climate Change
Education
Governance
Natural Resources
Revenue and Tax Reform
Social Policy 

By Claudia Keith, Julie Chapman, Shirley Weathers, and Cathy Frischmann
Some progress and ACTION is still needed on your part: Please let the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction (JCCR) and… Read more

Source: Legislative Report, Volume 29, Number 12 – April 2019 – The League of Women Voters of Oregon

Action Alert! Climate Legislation: HB 2020-31 It’s Heating Up!

ACTION ALERT!  Climate Legislation:  HB 2020 -31  IT’S HEATING UP!

Date:   April 9, 2019
To:       All League Members and Oregonians
From:  Julie Chapman, LWVOR Climate Portfolio and Norman Turrill, LWVOR President

CONTACT ALL LEGISLATORS ON THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON CARBON REDUCTION TO SUPPORT HB 2020 -31. Email addresses are below.

The Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction (JCCR) recently introduced an improved version of the climate bill, HB 2020 -31. Committee members are under pressure to reverse or water down the amendments, particularly those regulating pollution from waste incineration and fluorinated gases. Please email committee members by April 15.

Subject line: “The -31 amendments strengthened HB 2020” or “Thank you for supporting HB 2020 -31” or “As an Oregonian, I support HB 2020 -31” or …

Messaging for emails: Put the message in your own words; your email can be short. You can copy and paste the same personal message for all members of the committee, but please address and send the email to each legislator individually. Identify yourself with your address, but emphasize that you are an Oregonian, and this is important Oregon legislation.

  • Thank you for including waste incineration in the industries regulated by the bill.
  • The Covanta trash incinerator burns plastics and medical waste and emits a mix of heavy metals and other pollutants. We urge you to hold them accountable by keeping them under the cap, as you have done in the -31 amendments. This is a critical step to move us towards climate solutions.
  • Thank you for now including the super pollutant F-gases from semiconductor manufacturing as emissions covered by the bill.
  • F-gases are 7,000 to 23,000 times more potent than CO2 as greenhouse gases. It is critical that we require mitigation of their effect.
  • The -31 amendment ends an exemption for the F-gases used in semiconductor manufacturing, placing F-gases under the cap from the beginning of the program. Please pass the -31 amendments and keep these polluters in the program.
  • The F-gases account for 1/5th of the total greenhouse gas impact of all other Oregon manufacturers covered under the Oregon Climate Action Program. It is critical that we require mitigation of their effects.
  • The emergency clause is essential to this bill. Climate change caused by excessive greenhouse gas emissions is the most significant emergency of our time.
  • Please keep the specific percentage distributions from the Climate Investment Fund identified in -31 in the bill: 40% will go to impacted communities and 10% to tribes. Oregon communities that suffer the biggest impact from the warming we already experience must get the most relief.

Thank you for adding your voice! For more information, contact Julie Chapman, LWVOR Climate Portfolio member juliebchap@gmail.com or ph. 503-415-9715.

Amendments HB 2020 -31: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Downloads/CommitteeMeetingDocument/187693

Original HB 2020: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB2020/Introduced

Additional F-gas information from EPA website: https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/overview-greenhouse-gases

Democratic Members of Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction –

Co-Chairs:

sen.MichaelDembrow@oregonlegislature.gov

rep.KarinPower@oregonlegislature.gov

Committee members:

sen.LeeBeyer@oregonlegislature.gov

sen.JeffGolden@oregonlegislature.gov

sen.kathleentaylor@oregonlegislature.gov

rep.kenhelm@oregonlegislature.gov

rep.JohnLively@oregonlegislature.gov

rep.PamMarsh@oregonlegislature.gov

 

Republicans Members of the JCCR Committee:

Co-Vice Chairs:

sen.CliffBentz@oregonlegislature.gov

rep.DavidBrockSmith@oregonlegislature.gov

Committee members:

sen.FredGirod@oregonlegislature.gov

sen.AlanOlsen@oregonlegislature.gov

rep.DanielBonham@oregonlegislature.gov

rep.ShellyBoshartDavis@oregonlegislature.gov

Legislative Report, Volume 29, Number 9 – March 2019 – The League of Women Voters of Oregon

In This Issue:
Climate Change
Education
Governance
Natural Resources
Revenue and Tax Reform
Social Policy  
Climate Change  

By Claudia Keith, Julie Chapman, Shirley Weathers, Cathy Frischmann and Lynette Pierson
YOUR VOICE IS STILL NEEDED! Please consider taking just a few minutes this week and engage in your citizenship rights and responsibilities. This Wednesday, March… Read more

Source: Legislative Report, Volume 29, Number 9 – March 2019 – The League of Women Voters of Oregon

 

Legislative Report, Volume 29, Number 8 – March 2019 – The League of Women Voters of Oregon

In This Issue:
Climate Change
Education
Governance
Natural Resources
Revenue and Tax Reform
Social Policy 

By Claudia Keith, Julie Chapman, Shirley Weathers, Cathy Frischmann, and Lynette Pierson
YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED! It’s critical that League members contact their legislators to ensure that the Oregon Climate Action… Read more

Source: Legislative Report, Volume 29, Number 8 – March 2019 – The League of Women Voters of Oregon

Legislative Report, Volume 29, Number 7 – March 2019 – The League of Women Voters of Oregon

In This Issue: 
Climate Change
Education
Governance
Natural Resources
Revenue and Tax Reform
Social Policy
Climate Change  

By Claudia Keith, Julie Chapman, Shirley Weathers, Cathy Frischmann and Lynette Pierson
Our League Climate Team attended hearings, provided testimony and engaged others in understanding the importance of addressing “the urgency of… Read more

Source: Legislative Report, Volume 29, Number 7 – March 2019 – The League of Women Voters of Oregon

 

 

February Legislative Update – Rep. David Gomberg

Hello Friends,

I hope everyone has been safe and warm during the sudden cold snap.

It is the middle of week three and the legislative session is off to a very busy start! Committees are hearing bills, the phones are ringing, we receive hundreds of emails each morning, and I’ve been holding information meetings during every unscheduled moment each day here in Salem.

Here’s a brief update on a few items of interest…

Read the entire letter here: February Legislative Update

 

Make Your Voice Heard in Salem – Lobby Day – Feb. 18, 2019

Registration page: https://action.aclu.org/webform/or-2019-lobby-day

OREGON – 2019 LOBBY DAY

Your voice is powerful in Salem. Meet other ACLU supporters and help create an Oregon that treats all people fairly!
 
Join us on Monday, February 18 – Presidents Day – at the state capital. Meet with your state legislators to advocate for issues like juvenile justice reform and immigrant rights with the ACLU of Oregon.
 
No experience is necessary to join us! Participants will receive training on how to talk to lawmakers effectively before gathering with smaller groups to meet with Oregon’s legislators and their staff. We will also be hosting a rally at the capitol steps.
 
This year, in Portland and Eugene, we are offering free bus rides to and from Salem, and we can also help connect people with others in your area to share a ride. We want to see you there!
 
Lobby Day Agenda:
 
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. Registration and coffee
First United Methodist Church, 600 State St., Salem, OR 97301
 
9 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Lobby Day Training
First United Methodist Church, 600 State St., Salem, OR 97301
 
11 a.m. Legislator meetings / view floor session
Capitol Building
 
11 a.m. – 1:30 pm. Box lunches available
Room 167, Capitol Building
 
12:30 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. Rally and group photo (attendees start gathering at 12:15).
Capitol steps
 
1 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Legislator meetings / committee meetings 
Capitol Building
 
3:45 p.m. Busses leave for Portland and Eugene