There will be a public hearing on this bill tomorrow (Tuesday, May 16) at 5 p.m. The status of the bill will be presented at the Joint Transportation Committee and will be streamed live here. Please send in a written comment to say No to HB 3382.
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Sample Written Comment:
Dear members of the Joint Committee on Transportation,
Thank you for your work during this legislative session. I am writing to express my opposition to the Port Dredging Exemption Bill, HB 3382. HB 3382 enables major deepwater ports in Oregon to bypass essential land use and environmental regulations for the sake of fast-tracking extensive dredging and channel modification. This bill sets a dangerous precedent, jeopardizing the health of some of the most ecologically important and sensitive waterways in our state. It would also have a negative impact on local coastal economies including oyster aquaculture, crabbing, and fishing. Please vote no on HB 3382.
If you are represented by one of the legislators on the committee (listed below) please call to let them know not to support this bad bill:
Rep. Susan McLain (West Hillsboro, Cornelius, and Forest Grove): 503-986-1429
Sen. Lew Frederick (N and NE Portland): 503-986-1722
Sen. Aaron Woods (Charbonneau, King City, Metzger, Sherwood, Tigard, Wilsonville, SE Beaverton): 503-986-1713
Rep. Paul Evans (Independence, Monmouth, North and West Salem): 503-986-1420
Rep. Nancy Nathanson (Eugene): 503-986-1413
Rep. Khanh Pham (SE Portland): 503-986-1446
Also, you can contact the chief sponsors of this problematic bill. You can access their phone numbers here:
Rep. David Gomberg (Lincoln and Western Benton & Lane Counties): 503-986-1410
Rep. Paul Evans (Monmouth): 503-986-1420
Rep. Ken Helm (Beaverton and Cedar Hills): 503-986-1427