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Hearing on SB 633 - Seed Preemption 
Tuesday, March 12 at 3:00 at the Capitol 

The first legislative hearing on SB 633 will be tomorrow, Tuesday, March 12, at 3:00 pm.

Tell legislators why you SUPPORT this bill!

SB 633 would ensure that agriculture seed and seed products are only regulated at the state and federal levels, preempting additional regulations by local municipalities.  This would prevent a potential patchwork of 36 different county regulations, and over 400 city regulations on agricultural seed.  Plant breeding, including genetic engineering (GE), is an extremely complex process and counties lack the financial and technical resources to regulate these products.

See the text of SB 633 by clicking here.

SB 633 is sponsored by Senators  Bill Hansell, Pendleton; Arnie Roblan, Coos Bay; Betsy Johnson, Scappoose; Jeff Kruse, Roseburg and Herman Baertschieger, Grants Pass.

Please thank them for their sponsorship and encourage their continued support.

Sen. Bill Hansell, 503-986-1729

Sen. Arnie Roblan, 503-986-1705

Sen. Betsy Johnson, 503-986-1716

Sen. Jeff Kruse, 503-986-1701

Sen. Herman Baertschiger, 503-986-1702

The hearing is Tuesday, March 12th, at 3 pm in the Senate Rural Communities and Economic Development Committee in Hearing Room "C" at the State Capitol in Salem.  Senator Arnie Roblan is Chairman of the Committee, other Committee members are Herman Baertschiger Jr., Vice-Chair, Ginny Burdick, Betsy Close, and Floyd Prozanski. 

If you plan to testify before the Committee, please provide 10 paper copies to the Committee assistant when you testify.  Or contact OFS for instruction on how to e-file your testimony.

Important points to remember:
  • Local counties and municipalities are not technically or financially equipped to regulate agricultural crops.
  • USDA, EPA, and the FDA, currently regulate GE plants and have access to the needed expertise on the issue.  The cost of discovery, development and authorization of a new plant biotechnology trait introduced between 2008 and 2012 was $136 million, and takes an average of 13.1 years to make it from discovery to commercial market.
  • ODA has the plant scientists expertise to determine if additional Oregon specific regulations are needed.
  • Different restrictions on seeds in different counties and municipalities creates a regulatory nightmare for growers, manufacturers, distributors, and local governments.
  • Farmers could potentially face new regulations from 36 counties and over 400 cities in Oregon.
  • Counties and cities lack the financial resources and expertise to enforce regulations on agricultural seed, and SB 633 will relieve them of this potential.
The GMO-Free activists are preparing to bring a large contingent of their coalition to Salem for the hearing.

It is critical that growers who support each farmer's right to choose what crops they grow show their support for this legislation. Come to the Capitol to say thank you to the Senators for introducing this bill and be prepared to testify in support of SB 633.

If you have any questions please call Paulette or Scott at (503) 370-8092