2019 Environmental Scorecard for the Oregon Legislature

HB 2509

Plastic Bag Ban

This Sustainable Shopping Initiative bans single-use plastic bags, and provides for a fee on paper bags, thus incentivizing reusable bags. Scientists have found plastic fragments in hundreds of species, including sea turtles, seabirds, and marine mammals. Ingesting these fragments is often fatal. Plastic bags in particular have been known to be mistaken for food by sea turtles given their resemblance to jellyfish. Banning the use of plastic grocery bags prevents plastic pollution and moves Oregon towards a future with less plastic on our beaches and harming our wildlife.

Yes is the pro-environment vote.
Status: Passed.
pro-environment voteanti-environment voteabsent, excusedabsent, unexcusednot availablelegislator whose score is 100%

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.

For more information about OLCV, visit our website at olcv.org.

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.