HB 4036 VOTE:NO In Committee
House Committee On Energy and Environment
Public Hearing 02/04/2016 8:00am HR E
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Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/HB4036
Committee assigned to bill:https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Committees/HEE/Overview
SUMMARY: Directs PUC to develop renewable standards eliminating coal and increase renewable power to double that required by the Oregon Renewable Portfolio Standards.
PERSONAL CHOICE: Utilities can usually pass prudently incurred costs to ratepayers limiting them to a 10% profit. This bill has significant incentives to build solar and wind powered generation capacity without the prudent cost standard and removes approval of PUC allowing the pass-through of costs to their ratepayers plus their allowable profit margin.
The bill would force consumer owned utilities, like public utility districts and municipal utility districts, to pay enormous new costs in the event that they took a single ratepayer from a utility holding rate payers hostage and dooming utility districts.
FREE MARKET: Investment-owned Utilities propose this bill to counter Initiative Petition 63.
FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY: Bill reverses the energy production tax credit, the most common is the federal credit of two cents per kilowatt hour. The bill allows utilities to shift the cost to ratepayers.Utilities are a monopoly with our protection from PUC. This bill removes our protection and gives free reign to the monopolies making it expensive for customers.
LIMITED GOVERNMENT: PUC indicates it eliminates their ability to maintain control of a reliability power grid that is unstable from intermittent wind and solar resources.
Fails to reduce overall greenhouse gas emission even though it serves to help meet goals. Facts show that complete depopulation of Oregon would not result in a measurable change in global greenhouse gas emissions.
The coal-fired plant in Boardman, Oregon, is already scheduled to close.
The bill also negates other decisions that PUC made through extensive public processes. This bill takes away the public's voice.
HB 4046 Increases penalties for unlawful taking or killing of wildlifehttp://oregoncitizenslobby.org/ag-env-natresources/hb-4046-increases-penalties-for-unlawful-taking-or-killing-of-wildlife/
HB 4046 VOTE: NO In Committee
House Committee On Agriculture and Natural Resources
Public Hearing 02/04/2016 8:00am HR D
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Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/HB4046
Committee assigned to bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Committees/HAGNR/Overview
SUMMARY: Adds black bear and cougar to list of penalties for unlawful taking or killing of wildlife, increases other penalty fines, and adds Class A misdemeanor that includes "worry or disturb any wildlife" and Class C felony conviction that includes confiscation of properties.
PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY: The adding of black bear and cougar to the list of penalties reduces an individual's right to protect themself and property. Cougar population has doubled in the last two decades resulting in stalking in urban areas. They are the primary cause for a 30% reduction in deer population keeping the deer and elk population from recovering. Black bear population has exploded to 30,000 and are reported as a threat to hikers and campers. Both animals are also a threat to the homeless, particularly in rural areas.
FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY: Increases penalties by an additional $75,500 for the illegal taking of just one of the animals with increased fees. The penalties are stated to recover damages for the unlawful taking or killing. The large increases to $5,000 and $50,000 go beyond recovery of costs. In 2011, it was determined that penalty levels wasn't the issue for reducing illegal taking or killing, but that courts tend to not impose full force of penalties.
LIMITED GOVERNMENT: The Class A misdemeanor conviction added is the unlawful "taking" of wildlife. Statutory definition of "taking" in ORS 498.006 is very broad to say "no person shall chase, harass, molest, worry or disturb any wildlife except while engaged in lawfully angling for, taking, hunting or trapping such wildlife."
Class C felony conviction added not only revokes all licenses, but the court can confiscate and forfeit personal property including all guns, vehicles, electronic devices plus other implements used in committing the offense. No allowance is given for a lawful business that may affect others.