REP. MIKE MCLANE
HOUSE DISTRICT 55
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Contact: Kevin Curry, 503-986-1351
OREGON HOUSE PASSES BILL GIVING AGRICULTURE
GREATER CERTAINTY IN SEED AND CROP LAWS
SALEM, OR – The Oregon House of Representatives passed SB 863 today, the Certainty for Family Farmers of Oregon Act, in an effort to provide Oregon’s farm economy greater certainty regarding seed and crop regulations. The bill requires an Oregon policy related to seeds and crops be implemented statewide and prohibits such regulation at the county or city level.
“A patchwork of regulations across the state is bad for our agriculture economy. Oregon’s farmers need certainty,” said Rep. Mike McLane (R – Powell Butte) the House Republican Leader.
The measure exempts counties that have already qualified a ballot measure on the issue, specifically Jackson County. If the Jackson County measure fails, however, the county would no longer be exempt.