The 2022 short session of the Oregon legislature is underway and there are important bills related to climate and climate justice under consideration that NEED YOUR SUPPORT.
Below is a summary of bills and how you can help.
Please contact your local representatives in the OR House and Senate to urge passage of these bills, and where noted, adopt specific amendments to improve the bills.
Also — and very important — please spread the word to your networks as well.
Attached to this email are some sample letters and also a one pager on the Reach building code legislation.
Our Cottage Grove area representatives are:
Senator Floyd Prozanski (D)
Representative Cedric Hayden (R)
- SB-1518. (REACH bill) Improves
building codes to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We
learned after that legislative leadership has adopted our view that this
bill to authorize cities to adopt more protective building codes does not
go far enough. They are now working to amend the bill to establish a
legislative task force to develop a comprehensive overhaul of building
codes and regulatory programs to reduce GHG emissions from buildings,
reduce damage from wildfires, and ensure protection from fire smoke. The
task force will develop a comprehensive package for the 2023 session. Your
message should focus on the need for stronger policies aimed at reducing
GHG emissions from buildings, which should not be delegated to cities or
counties. Go here for
- Emergency Heat Relief for Communities,
HB-4058, and Renters, SB-1538, Renters. Provides
assistance for owners and tenants to replace natural gas heat with
electric heat pumps for protection from heat waves and reduction of
greenhouse gas emissions.
- HB-4077, Environmental Justice Council
Mapping. Identifies neighborhoods most at risk
from exposure to environmental contaminants so that policies can be aimed
at protecting those communities.
Bill overview: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sJyexuiOPH3odZVYdUQoxXF90_m51KvT91i7yxqHVMg/edit
- HB-4141, Replacement of Fossil
Diesel. Requires fossil diesel to be replaced
by 2029 with renewable diesel derived from biomass. We like the concept,
but only if amended to prohibit the use of food crops (soy, corn, flax,
canola, and sesame) to produce motor fuels. To read ECA’s testimony,
- HB-4115, Treasury Transparency. Requires
the state treasurer to disclose investments in fossil fuels and other
industries at financial risk from decisions intended to eliminate fossil
Testimony Talking Points for HB 4115 Treasury Transparency Bill: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14Lmp9S8OVUaDJJAG-AYRFrKbvWa8AlH_iYDlmSZrRuw/edit
One-pager and current HB 4115 bill language: https://www.divestoregon.org/treasury-transparency-bill/