Weekly Update 3/21/21

Neighbors,

First and foremost THANK YOU ALL for writing testimony supporting House Bill 3239 this past week.

As you probably know by now, there was a hearing on the afternoon of Thursday, March 18th in which our allies were able to testify in support of this bill. The opposition of the bill came primarily from the OLCC (Oregon Liquor Control Commission). The OLCC is the agency responsible for issuing recreational marijuana licenses in Oregon.

Over 100 letters of testimony in support of the bill were received in the time frame allowed. We are so humbled by your responses, and your letters of support will absolutely make an impact on the final decision of the Oregon Legislature. We cannot thank you enough for rallying in support of the safety of our community, and all of the other residential communities around Oregon who (if the bill passes) will not have to deal with marijuana processing facilities in their neighborhoods in the future.

We look forward to updating you on any new information that comes to light regarding this bill.

If you want to read any of the testimony submitted, you can do so HERE.

This week’s water report courtesy of our Water Committee covers ORS 537.525 (Oregon Revised Statute) which declares that water in the state of Oregon belongs to the public and contains many of the high level phrases, language and descriptions the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) uses when reviewing water rights applications.  You can use this key terminology in correspondence and comments to OWRD.  Next week we will review the Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) used by Water Resources Department to add detail to enable them to administer the laws set by the Oregon Legislature.

We apologize for the inability to currently donate through the website. We hope to be able to remedy that shortly, but in the meantime we are still always accepting donations by mail and in person. Visit the home page for information on how to donate. Once again, we appreciate your support. Thank you, and Happy Spring!

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