2019 Environmental Scorecard for the Oregon Legislature


WE HAD SIGNIFICANT WINS THIS SESSION. But, despite our victories, several bills important to the environment died due to successful industry pressure on legislators. But, we also successfully helped kill some awful ones.


OCN PriorityHB 2020 Clean Energy Jobs Clean Energy Jobs would have put an economy-wide limit and price on climate pollution from the largest polluters in the state. It would have secured greenhouse gas reductions and generated proceeds that could have been reinvested into communities across Oregon to create clean energy jobs and a thriving economy, especially in communities most impacted by climate change.

OCN PriorityHB 2619 Pesticide Reductions Several commonly used pesticides can negatively impact human health, water quality, aquatic species, pollinators, and the biodiversity upon which we all depend. This bill aimed to restrict neonicotinoid use and to ban chlorpyrifos, while also improving the state’s Pesticide Use Reporting System.

SB 723 Coyote Killing Contests SB 723 prohibited any person from organizing, sponsoring, promoting, conducting or participating in contests, competitions, tournaments, or derbies that involved needlessly killing coyotes for prizes or other inducement or for entertainment.

HB 2242 Just Energy Rates If passed, it would have allowed the state’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) to consider differential energy burden and other inequities of affordability in rates. It also created a Low-Income and Environmental Justice Advocate position at the PUC to intervene on Commission proceedings related to utility consumers from low income or environmental justice communities. And, it would have allowed the PUC to provide financial assistance to stakeholders from low-income and environmental justice communities.

HB 2772 Household Hazardous Waste This bill, introduced during multiple sessions, would have established a product stewardship program for household hazardous waste.

HB 2856 Groundwater Studies Aimed to appropriate $9 million for the Water Resources Department to conduct groundwater studies and to gather data to better manage groundwater resources in priority basins.

HB 2883 Polystyrene Our goal with this bill was to ban polystyrene — commonly known as Styrofoam — takeout containers and cups statewide to prevent plastic pollution and protect wildlife.

HB 3094 WRAP We supported creating a Home Weatherization, Retrofit and Affordability Program within the state’s Housing and Community Services Department. WRAP would facilitate and incentivise licensed contractors to weatherize and improve energy efficiency of homes for low and moderate income people and those in rural communities..


OCN Major ThreatSB 451 Burning Trash Covanta, a Marion County waste incinerator, sought to use the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard as a subsidy program to maintain its aging facility. Trash incineration is highly polluting and we opposed it receiving designation as a renewable energy source.

OCN Major ThreatHB 2456 Residential Development on Farmland Notwithstanding the land use planning goals, HB 2456 allowed a county to rezone exclusive farm use lands that are within the “Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Region” for residential development. Sprawl and wildfire suppression were concerns.

SB 961 Oceanside Development Would have allowed avoidance with statewide Goal 18, the land use planning goal that protects beaches and dunes, by including more shorelands that could’ve been lined with rip-rap (stone used to form a foundation.

HB 2796 Housing on Wetlands Would have allowed housing development on socalled “degraded” wetlands in a time in which we should be protecting wetlands and avoiding putting people in future flood plains.


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The Oregon League of Conservation Voters is a non-partisan organization with a simple mission: to pass laws that protect Oregon's environmental legacy, elect pro-environment candidates to office, and hold all of our elected officials accountable.

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About the Scorecard

For more than 40 years, OLCV has protected Oregon's natural legacy. An essential part of our work is holding our elected officials accountable. The OLCV Environmental Scorecard is not only one of our most important accountability tools, but also a tradition. The first scorecard was published in 1973.

By sharing how each member of the Legislature voted on the most critical conservation bills, we help Oregonians understand whether legislators listened to their constituents, or if they listened to special interest groups instead. It also serves as a summary of environmental bills and includes special recognition of the legislative champions.