2021-2022 Environmental Scorecard for the Oregon Legislature

SB 16

OCN Major Threat
More Houses on Farm Land

Oregon has some of the strongest and most effective land-use laws in the country, and this bill dangerously erodes those strong laws. SB 16 allows for houses not related to farming or ranching on up to 200 acres of "Exclusive Farm-Use" land in the Eastern Oregon Border Region, which could result in up to 100 houses scattered across farm land far away from services and amenities. This bill sets a dangerous precedent, puts scarce water resources at risk, and does not help address Oregon's housing crisis.

No is the pro-environment vote.
Status: Passed
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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.