Legislative Ag update

By Oregonians for Food and Shelter,

The Legislature held its final “Legislative Days” of the year this week in the Capitol. Today marks the deadline for Senators and Representatives to request bills for drafting for the 2024 session. For the short session, each member gets two bills each, and drafts are due back to them for filing by early January. Many of the committee meetings this week focused on potential issues related to those bills.

OFS tracked several issues, including updates on wildfire and related fees for timberland owners, and the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s report back on recommendations to support coexistence with canola. Typically, legislative days also includes Senate confirmation of new appointees to boards, commissions and agencies, however a lack of attendance kept that from happening this week. This means that incoming ODA Director Lisa Hanson will start her work December 1 as an interim Director, and won’t officially be confirmed until February. The same will be true for a range of other agency staff and commissioners as well.

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