Legislative Action Team

Lead:   Mary Chaffin

Ways and Means Co-Chairs Announce Dates

 

for 2021 Oregon Budget Virtual Hearings:  SALEM – The Co-Chairs of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means today announced the dates for the 2021 Oregon Budget Virtual Hearings to receive public feedback on how the Legislature should balance the state budget and use federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act

Response from Legislator

 

Here is a letter Mary received from Rep. Pam Marsh, in Jackson County, on Friday, April 16, regarding the COIN recommendation on legislation by the Consolidated Oregon Indivisible Network.

Call to Action:  COIN Bill Recommendations

 

The Consolidated Oregon Indivisible Network (COIN) has made recommendations on 55 bills now before the Oregon legislature. Last week COIN sent out emails to House and Senate leadership and every member of both the House and the Senate about their recommendations, encouraging legislators to consider them when they vote. This document listing the 55 bill recommendations was included in the email.  

 

To amplify COIN’s effort, we ask that you reach out to your representative and senator and remind them of the email and COIN’s recommendations. Below is a sample text you can use:

 

Dear [name of Senator or Representative],


I am your constituent in [insert your district]. You recently received an email from the Consolidated Oregon Indivisible Network (COIN) with recommendations on 55 bills currently before the legislature.

 

I strongly urge you to consider COIN’s recommendations as you cast your vote in the days and weeks ahead.

 

Thank you.

 [your signature here]

Call to Action:   Timber Severance Tax Bill - HB 2379

The Timber Severance Tax bill is still alive - Please write the Revenue Committee!

 

Dear Friends,

We are asking you for help from your organization's members and affiliates and friends to get the word out on this action alert! The timber severance tax is still alive! Act now to ensure that Big Timber pay their fair share on their timber harvests! HB 2379 had a first hearing in the Revenue Committee and some of you testified to improve it. Well, Rep. Holvey heard you and is offering the -7 Amendment, increasing the percentage of revenue returned to counties to 40% unrestricted. The tax levels are much lower on the smallest landholders, too. In addition, there is more of a break for Forest Stewardship Certification (FSC). Please use the talking points below and write to the Chair of the Revenue Committee Rep. Nathanson to hold a hearing in the coming week. Then send a similar message to the other members of the committee asking them to press for a hearing and vote for the bill. Thanks for taking action for tax fairness and our environment!

Please re-word some of the bullet points below to write Chair Nathanson: 

Rep.NancyNathanson@oregonlegislature.gov.


Then write the three other Democrats on the House Revenue Committee:
   Dem Member: Rep.PamMarsh@oregonlegislature.gov
   Dem. Member: Rep.KhanhPham@oregonlegislature.gov
   Dem. Member: Rep.AndreaValderamma@oregonlegislature.gov

as follows:

 

Dear Representative:

  [State who you are.]  I am writing to ask for a hearing for HB 2379 with the -7 amendment. 

  • It is important to pass this bill to reinstate needed revenue to rural counties at 40% that can be used for any program. My county needs improved services like fire preparedness, emergency services, and roads. (Other county needs of your choice.) 

  • Timberland owners need to pay their fair share, especially the bigger corporations. They have low property taxes and their rapid clearcutting rotations harm local drinking water sources. 

  • The Real Estate Investment Trusts and Timber Investment Management Operations (TIMOs) pay nothing in corporate taxes in the state. The other large corporations pay very little as well.

  • Fire threats are rising and need to be addressed. This bill consolidates the old Harvest tax and creates a fire management system with more accountability and allows it to address prevention measures to reduce harm to homes and communities.

  • This bill protects the smallest woodland owners under 500 acres with tax minimal increase at 1%. 

  • It gives a 50% reduction in tax rate for Forest Stewardship Certification. FSC requires sustainable harvesting, protecting the largest trees, using minimal clearcuts and growing multi-species forests, thus retaining more carbon in the soil and in larger trees. Reducing clearcutting and tree plantations improves water quality and quantity especially on the coast.

 

Thank you.

 [your signature here]

You can find your legislators' contact info here.

For Your Reference

Status of bills we are following, in committee, scheduled for hearing, dead, or passed

 

Talking points for selected bills

 

Suggested text in support of SJR4:

I am writing in support of SJR4. Oregon is one of only five states to require more than a simple majority for a quorum. The recent excessive use of this tactic by the GOP is inherently anti-democratic, disrespects the will of the majority of Oregon voters, and must stop.

 

Oregon Legislative Information System (OLIS)

 

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Recent Testimony 

 

Go here for testimony on campaign finance reform by William Vollmer in support for campaign contribution limits and HB3343, and by David Delk, member and representative of Alliance for Democracy, and Debrah Wong, in support of HB3343.

Go here for testimony on climate, energy, and the environment by Jane Stackhouse on House Bill 2021-1,-3,-4, and HB3180, and by Mary Chaffin on HB 2021.

Mary Chaffin testified recently on behalf of HB 2510, which would require gun owners to store their firearms securely.  Click here.

Debi Ferrer testified recently on behalf of SJR4, which would change the quorum rules for the Legislature.  Click here.

Debi Ferrer testified recently in support of SB261, SB262, and SJR3, which also relate to the problem of certain legislators walking out of sessions.  Click here.

Mary Chaffin testified recently on SJR4, SB261, SB262, and SJR3.  Click here.

Mary Chaffin testified here on behalf of HB 2021, the “100% Clean Energy Bill for All, to the House Energy and Environment Committee for their hearing on the bill that occurred on 3/22/21.