Legislators were back in the Capitol last week for interim Legislative Days, the first major activity in the building since the session adjourned in June. The biggest news around the building was the election of a new Republican leader in the House. Vikki Breese Iverson (R-Powell Butte) stepped down last week, and her colleagues chose Jeff Helfrich (R-Hood River) as her replacement.
Legislative Days involves informational meetings where committees invite testimony on a variety of topics, offering clues about what we might see coming in the 2024 session. OFS continues to track developments related to canola, and we tuned in to the Oregon Department of Agriculture presentation on the Canola Workgroup. Committees in both the House and Senate heard brief updates on wildfire and funding, a critical issue for many of our members.
Legislative Days also allows us the opportunity to meet with legislators to hear what they’re working on and share our priorities. The OFS team had the chance to educate several legislators regarding forest practices and pesticide use, as well as discuss the canola developments.
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