Our Pledge to Every Oregonian
2019 Legislative Successes
Defending Our Environment and Combating Climate Change
HB 2020, the Oregon Climate Action Program, remains unfinished business after
passing the Oregon House but failing in the Oregon Senate. Oregon House
Democrats are committed to tackling the devasting effects of climate change
while ensuring our state has the resources it needs to build a 21st century
economy. This legislation would have created a market-based carbon pricing
program that guarantees that the state will meet its greenhouse gas reduction
goals while also strengthening Oregon’s economy.
Environmental Protection Act: HB 2250 sets a “baseline federal standard” of environmental law
protections as those that were in effect on January 19, 2017 when President Obama
left office. The bill requires DEQ and OHA to regularly assess final changes to
federal environmental law to determine whether the changes are significantly
less protective of public health, the environment, or natural resources than
baseline federal standards.
Drilling Ban: SB 256 makes
permanent the ban on exploration or drilling for oil, gas and sulfur off the
Oregon coast. The Legislature originally adopted the ban in 2007 and later
extended the policy until January 1, 2020.
Fracturing Ban: HB
2623 imposes a statewide moratorium on hydraulic fracturing until January 2, 2025.
Diesel: HB 2007 takes a
meaningful first step to curb Oregon’s dirty diesel problem. This bill phases
out pre-2010 medium duty registrations and pre-2007 heavy duty truck
registrations in the Portland-metro area. It also prioritizes owner-operators
and small businesses in accessing the Volkswagen Settlement funds to encourage
earlier adoption of cleaner, newer trucks.
Waste: SB 90 prohibits a
food and beverage provider or a convenience store from providing single-use
plastic straws unless requested by the consumer. HB 2509 prohibits retail
establishments and restaurants in Oregon from providing single-use plastic
checkout bags to customers and requires them to collect at least a 5-cent fee
per recycled paper or cloth bag.
Oil Train Disaster
Planning: HB 2209 requires
railroads that own or operate high hazard train routes to institute oil spill
contingency plans and to have those plans reviewed and approved by DEQ and
outlines a triennial schedule for training for response to high hazard oil
Read more about 2019 environmental and climate successes