This past Friday, Governor Brown officially backed out of a crucial deal that would have let Nestlé build a $50 million water bottling plant in Cascade Locks. The Governor told the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to officially withdraw an application that set aside up to 225 gallons per minute from Oxbow Springs for commercial sale.
Oregon MTA in the 2016 Oregon Legislative Session
The 2016 legislative session was a very limited one, particularly in the amount of time available. Republican Representative Huffman championed the compromise legislative concept (discussed below) which became bill, HJM 201. Democrats Hoyle and Clem joined Huffman as chief sponsors along with 34 legislators as co-sponsors (both Democrats and Republicans). It was again assigned to and discussed in the House Rules Committee and again opposed by Speaker Kotek. On the last day of the session the Republicans in the House introduced a motion to bring HJM 201 to the floor for a vote, bypassing the Rules Committee's inaction. This motion failed in a 30:30 tie that included all the Republicans and, surprisingly, only 5 Democrats voting in favor of allowing a vote on HJM 201.
Oregon MTA in the 2015 Oregon Legislative Session
In 2015 two bills were sent to the House Rules Committee....
Move to Amend is *thrilled* to announce that we have been invited to join Neil Young on his upcoming tour for his new studio album, The Monsanto Years.
Neil and team have invited 5 non-profits to join his tour to help raise awareness about the corporate takeover of farming and of our food supply, as well as climate change and other environmental issues, and Move to Amend is one of them.
You can help us be part of this in a number of ways...
As a Move to Amend supporter we need your help persuading House Speaker Tina Kotek to allow HJM 2 to move forward. Here's the background.
There are two ways to propose an amendment according to Article V of the US Constitution:
Our Move to Amend affiliate here in Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley has kept a low profile over the past several months. But we still have a core group who has been working quietly on two paths to call for the 28th US constitutional amendment--one that says both that money is not speech and that corporations are not people.
Oregon today became the 16th state to pass a resolution calling on Congress to adopt and send to the states a Move to Amend style constitutional amendment. The Senate voted 17-13 in favor of HJM 6 (text here).