There appears to be a few bills tracked by the Energy, Environment and Land Use (EELU) subcommittee that seem to be involved in the end of session negotiations. Here is a brief recap of some of those bills.

RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BILLS

Two bills aimed at rural economic development are rumored to be receiving hearings next week in Senate Rules. Senate Bill (SB) 644 would expedite the local land use process for mines meeting certain criteria in several Eastern Oregon Counties. If the mine meets both Federal and Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) requirements the county process would be a much simpler process ensuring that the mine met certain local criteria. The -6 amendments were recently published and will have a public hearing and possible work session on Monday, June 26, in Senate Rules. SB 432 will also have a public hearing and possible work session on Monday, June 26, in Senate Rules. The bill, with the -13 amendments, creates a new exception process for the eight rural counties that have been showing no growth since the last census.

ONSITE SEPTIC LOAN PROGRAM FUNDING

AOC has been working with several other advocates to find funding for the onsite septic loan program. The program which wa