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Current Action: Pass HB 2739!

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Please make one final push to protect Oregon farmers from GE contamination! HB 2739 is currently stalled, but Legislators still have time to pass the bill before the end of the legislative session on July 10th. They need to hear from you TODAY! Contact Speaker Kotek and Chair Williamson and the members of the House Rules Committee and ask them to Support HB 2739-1. Then encourage your friends to do the same. See below for templates that you can copy, paste and personalize, as well as phone numbers to call.

TWO Email Templates and Where to Send.

Phone Numbers to Call.


TEMPLATE #1 to send to Chair Williamson and Members of the House Rules Committee:

Addresses:
rep.JenniferWilliamson@oregonlegislature.gov, rep.mikemclane@oregonlegislature.gov, rep.danrayfield@state.or.us, rep.gregbarreto@state.or.us, rep.jodihack@state.or.us, rep.PaulHolvey@oregonlegislature.gov, rep.BillKennemer@state.or.us, rep.RobNosse@state.or.us, rep.barbarasmithwarner@state.or.us

Letter:

Dear Chair Williamson and Members of the House Rules Committee:

My name is [YOUR NAME] and [WHY YOU SUPPORT THE BILL. EXAMPLE: I support protections for Oregon farmers from genetically engineered (GE) contamination.]

Please support HB 2739-1 by scheduling a House Rules Committee work session for this bill. There is support for this bill in the House and the Senate.

HB 2739-1 - Protect Oregon’s Agriculture

Over the past decade, repeated episodes of contamination by genetically engineered (GE) plants have cost U.S. farmers billions of dollars. The Legislature needs to act to:

- Hold patent holders responsible for contamination events — not pit farmer against farmer. HB 2739-1 will do so!

- Protect high-value crops in Oregon, such as specialty seed, wheat and alfalfa, which have been put at significant risk by GE contamination.

- Protect communities from the unwanted presence of invasive GE weeds, such as Creeping Bentgrass, now de-regulated and spreading in Malheur and Jefferson counties.

The text of HB 2739-1 is here: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Measures/Overview/HB2739

While I hope that this legislation will not need to be used, it is high time that there are protections from one-way, and often irreversible, GE contamination. Here is a recent Letter to the Editor that highlights the real-time need for protection from from GE contamination in Oregon: http://www.capitalpress.com/Opinion/Letters/20170621/ge-developers-should-be-held-accountable.

Most sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

 

TEMPLATE #2 to send to Speaker Kotek:

Address:

rep.TinaKotek@state.or.us

Letter:

Dear Speaker Kotek:

My name is [YOUR NAME] and [WHY YOU SUPPORT THE BILL. EXAMPLE: I support protections for Oregon farmers from genetically engineered (GE) contamination.]

Please support HB 2739-1 by requesting a work session in House Rules and a vote on the floor. There is support for this bill in the House and the Senate.

HB 2739-1 - Protect Oregon’s Agriculture

Over the past decade, repeated episodes of contamination by genetically engineered (GE) plants have cost U.S. farmers billions of dollars. The Legislature needs to act to:

- Hold patent holders responsible for contamination events — not pit farmer against farmer. HB 2739-1 will do so!

- Protect high-value crops in Oregon, such as specialty seed, wheat and alfalfa, which have been put at significant risk by GE contamination.

- Protect communities from the unwanted presence of invasive GE weeds, such as Creeping Bentgrass, now de-regulated and spreading in Malheur and Jefferson counties.

The text of HB 2739-1 is here: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Measures/Overview/HB2739

While I hope that this legislation will not need to be used, it is high time that there are protections from one-way, and often irreversible, GE contamination. Here is a recent Letter to the Editor that highlights the real-time need for protection from from GE contamination in Oregon: http://www.capitalpress.com/Opinion/Letters/20170621/ge-developers-should-be-held-accountable.

Most sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

 

If you prefer to make phone calls, please see the list below:

House Rules committee members:

Chair - House Democratic Leader Jennifer Williamson
rep.JenniferWilliamson@oregonlegislature.gov
503-986-1436

Vice-Chair - House Republican Leader Mike McLane
rep.mikemclane@oregonlegislature.gov
503-986-1400

Vice-Chair - Representative Dan Rayfield
rep.danrayfield@state.or.us
503-986-1416

Representative Greg Barreto
rep.gregbarreto@state.or.us
503-986-1458

Representative Jodi Hack
rep.jodihack@state.or.us
503-986-1419

Representative Paul Holvey
Rep.PaulHolvey@oregonlegislature.gov
503-986-1408

Representative Bill Kennemer
Rep.BillKennemer@state.or.us
503-986-1439

Representative Rob Nosse
Rep.RobNosse@state.or.us
503-986-1442

Representative Barbara Smith Warner
rep.barbarasmithwarner@state.or.us
503-986-1445

House Speaker Tina Kotek
Rep.TinaKotek@state.or.us
503-986-1200

 

 

 

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