2018 Legislative Session Preview

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Tue, 01/30/2018 (All day)

The 2018 Oregon Legislative “short” session will get underway on February 5 and will end no later than March 9.  1000 Friends will be tracking about two dozen bills dealing with farm and forest lands, transportation, and housing.  These include bills we support and bills we strongly oppose.  Here are highlights of the most significant land use bills.

MAJOR THREATS TO OREGON'S LAND USE

Housing Supply: a critical piece of the housing puzzle

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Tue, 12/26/2017 - 12:30pm

Oregon’s towns and cities have not been building housing at nearly the pace the population has been growing and changing, and therefore we now have both a housing supply and a choice of housing types that is significantly out of step with need.  This is a major contributor to our statewide housing shortage and unaffordability.  Now the Oregon State Office of Economic Analysis (OEA) has put numbers to this -

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  • A Brief Housing Retrospective: 1000 Friends and Goal 10

    Madeline Kovacs
    Tue, 12/26/2017 - 12:00pm

     

    Portland for Everyone’s local fight for zoning reforms and affordable housing is partly the result of a statewide failure to successfully implement Goal 10.

    Clean Energy Jobs Bill: A sneak-peek

    Mary Kyle McCurdy
    Tue, 10/17/2017 (All day)

    Oregon legislators are leading an effort to refine a Clean Energy Jobs bill for the 2018 legislative session, which will cap and price certain greenhouse gas emissions.  The bill will invest the proceeds statewide to ensure the benefits of transitioning to a clean energy economy and environment are shared by all, and any burdens are mitigated.  Four work groups have been established, consisting of legislators and interested groups including

    Charlottesville: Facing hate with love

    Alyson Marchi-Young
    Wed, 08/30/2017 - 4:30pm

    The events this month in Charlottesville felt shocking for many; and for many still, this is all too familiar.

    Getting To Know You: The 2017 1000 Friends Summer Interns

    Abbie Mann-Wood and Phil Longnecker
    Thu, 07/27/2017 - 11:30am

    Every summer, 1000 Friends of Oregon welcomes college interns to our office to work on special projects. One intern comes to us through Duke University and their DukeEngage program. The other is our Gerhardt intern, selected national pool of applicants to work with us in the loving memory of former 1000 Friends staffer Paul Gerhardt Jr..

    Legislative Session Wrap-Up: Bills we successfully supported

    Mary Kyle McCurdy
    Wed, 07/26/2017 - 6:00pm

    The 2017 legislative session was a long and winding road. Early land use threats died easily, while new ones cropped up at the final hour.

    Updates From the Circut

    Meriel Darzen
    Wed, 07/26/2017 - 1:30pm

    Circuit Rider Attorney Meriel Darzen

    2017 Transportation Package Prioritizes Transit!

    Mary Kyle McCurdy
    Mon, 07/03/2017 - 5:10pm

    1000 Friends of Oregon applauds the transportation package passed by the Oregon Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation & Modernization on Saturday, July 1.  For the first time in history, Oregon is poised to fund statewide transit at a meaningful level. This means many rural Oregonians will have reliable transit for the first time, thereby gaining access to employment oppor

    Oregon Ag Heritage Program Lobby Day

    Nellie McAdams
    Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:00pm

    On Thursday, June 21 several of Oregon’s top agriculture and environmental organizations were joined by 38 Oregonians and advocates to lobby Oregon legislators to pass HB 3249, the Oregon Agricultural Heritage Fund (OAHP) which would would help Oregon farmers and ranchers plan for succession and maintain agricultural land for future generations. It includes funding for permanent working lands easements, temporary covenants, and conservation management plans, as well as succession trainings and a tax study.

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