Environment, climate policies mostly took a backseat during Oregon’s 2024 short session

By April Ehrlich, Alejandro Figueroa and Courtney Sherwood
Oregon Public Broadcasting
March 12, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Oregon lawmakers spent much of the short 2024 legislative session focused on housing regulations and drug criminalization. That often left environmental policies around wildfires, farms and climate change on the back burner. Most efforts to beef up the state’s wildfire resiliency died this session — although a measure limiting the financial pinch for people recovering from wildfires made it through. State worker pension funds will stop investing in coal companies, but a push to get state agencies to buy from clean tech companies failed. Housing legislation that passed included support for immigrant Oregonians, including agricultural farmworkers, but a program helping workers who lose work due to extreme heat or smoke did not get funded. Two bills aimed at guiding the state’s transition to green energy through offshore wind and battery storage did win approval. Here’s a look at some of the top environmental bills that were introduced this session, and where they stand.

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