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

 

Thank Rep. Kurt Schrader for voting yes to Save the Internet

Great news! The Save the Internet Act just crossed its first hurdle in Congress: A subcommittee passed a clean version with no amendments. And Rep. Kurt Schrader was one of the members who voted yes and stood up for internet users everywhere. 

Could you thank Rep. Schrader for his support? 

Saying thanks goes a long way and it takes just a few minutes.

Click here to send a tweet to thank Rep. Schrader for supporting the Save the Internet Act. 

Don’t use Twitter? No problem! It can’t hurt to give them a call to say thanks. Call Rep. Schrader’s office at (202) 225-5711

to get connected. When the office picks up say:

Thanks for supporting a clean #SavetheNet Act. Your leadership is key — I hope you can help get your colleagues on board as this moves to the House floor.

While this bill still has a ways to go, the vote today is a huge step forward. Say thanks to help make sure our representatives know we see them when they do the right thing. 

You’re the best,

Candace and the rest of the Free Press Action team
freepress.net

P.S. Now that the Save the Internet Act is moving forward, companies like Comcast will double their efforts to stop this bill in its tracks. Chip in $5 today to fuel the momentum for real Net Neutrality.


 

 

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Key hearings in Salem this week

These hearings for bills of interest to NOW are currently scheduled in Salem this week:

HB3031, Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance:
               3/25, 6pm: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Committees/HBL/2019-03-25-18-00/HB3031/Details 
This meeting is another public hearing, not the work session that must be scheduled soon to keep the bill alive. Oregon NOW has submitted a written statement of support and encourages in person attendance if possible as a further expression of support.

HB2020, Climate Action Plan: Work sessions scheduled in Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction:
               3/25, 5pm:  https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Committees/JCCR/2019-03-25-17-00/Agenda 
               3/29, 1p: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Committees/JCCR/2019-03-29-13-00/Agenda
The meeting descriptions indicate that potential amendments to the bill will be discussed but no votes will be taken.

SB708, Court costs in Stalking Order petitions
               3/27, Public hearing and work session scheduled in Senate Judiciary Committee: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2019R1/Committees/SJUD/2019-03-27-08-00/Agenda

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

 

 

Hearing today on The Safe Waters Act

Today March 12th from 1-2 pm in room HR D The Oregon House Committee on Energy and Environment will hold a hearing on HB2656, The Safe Waters Act.  We need all the support we can get!  Please come testify on the behalf of clean water and climate smart future. 

Last week we spent a day on the Oregon Coast with our board member and fishing guide Kate Crump as she discusses how the Oregon Forest Practices Act has affected her life and business.

Please check out the video below!

 
 
 
A few images of filming from our day out on the Oregon Coast with Pacific Rivers board member Kate Crump.

Family and Medical Leave Insurance – Salem – Week of June 3rd

Yes, I want to support FAMLI with NOW in Salem in the week of June 3rd

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Oregon NOW participates in the Time 2 Care coalition which is organizing support for the bill introducing Family and Medical Leave Insurance for Oregon. In support of the coalition’s efforts, we would like to commit Oregon NOW, including all local chapters, to provide on-site support in Salem during the week of June 3rd.

Our obligation will be to have a few people show up in Salem every day to provide a visible presence in support of the bill. We would like to have a team of two or more in the Capitol Building each day. Their responsibilities will be to distribute literature as Time 2 Care instructs and to visit with Senators and Representatives either to thank them for support or to ask for their support to the bill. You don’t have to plan on a full day, but half a day is requested. We will arrange volunteer housing that is relatively nearby (Eugene, Corvallis, Albany, Salem) to help members whose travel to/from Salem is too many miles for a comfortable day trip.

June seems pretty late in the legislative game, but if legislation is still alive, it could be a critical period for support. In order to commit NOW to taking the lead with the legislature during this week, we would like to have a commitment from enough people to expect at least two people to be in the Capitol every day. We know, too, that the first week of June is far in the future; make your best guess now and let us know if your plans change.

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