2017 Environmental Scorecard for the Oregon Legislature

SB 644

Surface Mining on Farmland

Purporting to streamline the permitting process for some types of mining activities in eastern Oregon, SB 644 actually makes the process more complicated. It also risks undermining Oregon’s significant and long-term investment in sage-grouse conservation.

No is the pro-environment vote.
Status: Passed the Senate 26-4 | Passed the House 52-6
pro-environment voteanti-environment voteabsent or excusedlegislator whose score is 90% or greater

About OLCV

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.