Tell legislators why you OPPOSE these bills!
HB 2319 would put ODA in charge of "protecting" non-genetically engineered (GE) crop growers from GE material from neighbors. It allows ODA to have GE crops removed if they are perceived as a threat to neighbors, and gives them authority to collect civil penalties up to $10,000. OFS opposes this bill because it puts a new burden on GE growers to prove they are no threat to neighbor's crops, and suggests that GE crops are something that needs to be avoided.
OFS Opposes HB 2319 because:
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HB 2715 would allow counties to establish control areas for crops that contain genetically engineered (GE) materials. OFS opposes this bill because allowing counties to limit these crops without scientific basis greatly disadvantages Oregon farmers.This bill would allow Oregon's 36 counties, and over 400 cities, to add regulations on these important crops. This will eliminate the rights of farmers across Oregon to operate their farms without local regulators deciding what crops they can and cannot choose to grow.
OFS Opposes HB 2715
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HB 2736 would:
OFS Opposes HB 2736 because:
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The hearing is Tuesday, March 26th, at 8 am in the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources in Hearing Room "D" at the State Capitol in Salem.
Representative Brad Witt is Chairman of the Committee, other Committee members are Sal Esquivel, Vice-Chair, Caddy McKeown, Vice-Chair, Brian Clem, Wayne Krieger, Jeff Reardon, Jim Thompson, Ben Unger, and Gail Whitsett.
If you plan to testify before the Committee, please provide 15 paper copies to the Committee assistant when you testify.
If you can not attend in person, please send your comments to the Committee Administrator to be entered into the record:
Committee Assistant: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Brad Witt: email@example.com 503-986-1431
Rep. Sal Esquivel: firstname.lastname@example.org 503-986-1406
Rep. Caddy McKeown: email@example.com
Rep. Brian Clem: firstname.lastname@example.org 503-986-1421
Rep. Wayne Krieger: email@example.com
Rep. Jeff Reardon: firstname.lastname@example.org 503-986-1448
Rep. Jim Thompson: email@example.com
Rep. Ben Unger: firstname.lastname@example.org 503-986-1429
Rep. Gail Whitsett: email@example.com 503-986-1456
If you have any questions please call Paulette or Scott at (503) 370-8092