HB 2487 has a hearing Tuesday

By on Monday, January 23rd, 2023 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

SALEM – The Oregon House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture, Land Use, Natural Resources, and Water will hold public hearings on five bills Tuesday at 3 p.m. One of those measures will directly benefit farmers in Eastern Oregon.

House Bill 2487 allows land that is zoned exclusively for farm use to be used for weddings and events if that land is east of the summit of the Cascades Range. The proposed legislation’s main sponsor is Rep. Mark Owens (R-Crane) and its secondary sponsor is Rep. Bobby Levy (R-Echo).

The hearing will be in Hearing Room D at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem. The meeting will also be streamed live on the Oregon Legislature’s website.

Other hearings to be held during the session are House Bill 2411, which dissolves the Oregon Alfalfa Seed Commission; House Bill 2527 which amends certain provisions for special assessment of wildlife habitat land relating to monitoring of implementation by the landowner of an approved wildlife habitat conservation and management team; House Bill 2907, which appropriates general fund money to the Oregon Department of Agriculture to fund a grant program for establishments that process and sell meat products; and House Bill 2616, which authorizes the sale of unpasteurized milk from small-scale farms through delivery or at farmers’ markets or other farm-to-consumer sales locations if the milk is labeled as unpasteurized.