Energy, Environment and Land Use bills continued to wind their way through the legislative process. There were also several conversations regarding funding for Sage Grouse funding.

SAGE GROUSE

AOC has been actively working with other stakeholders to ensure the SageCon Partnership’s efforts continue to thrive. AOC believes the partnership developed a balance between the needs of the residents of our Eastern Oregon Counties and the needs of the sage grouse. AOC has been working to encourage further funding to implement the state’s Sage Grouse Action Plan. This has included funding for the ongoing efforts of Oregon Consensus and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) for their Sage Grouse Mitigation Project, Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) to advance the local capacity of Rangeland Fire Protection Associations (RFPAs) work to control wildfires on rangelands that support sage grouse, and for Oregon Department of Agriculture’s (ODA) Noxious Weed Program.

SECURE MEDICINE TAKEBACK

House Bill (HB) 2645A, the secure medicine take-back bill is awaiting a hearing in a Ways and Means Subcommittee. AOC has recently found out that opponents to the bill have been working very hard to convince Senate leadership that there are