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The Oregon Legislature has once again proven it has too much time on its hands, proposing a new law that is unnecessary.
House Bill 3441, introduced in the Oregon House of Representatives, would make it a crime to possess or consume alcohol, or to possess or discard “an alcohol container or any glass bottle designed to contain a drink or beverage,” punishable by up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,250.
Currently, drinking alcohol is allowed on Oregon beaches for people 21 and over.
The bill’s chief sponsor is Rep. Janeen Sollman (D-Hillsboro), who said the bill would address concerns about broken glass on the beach that poses safety and environmental problems.
The bill “resulted from a request from a constituent, who’s spent years watching immense amounts of glass and alcoholic containers get scattered across our beaches,” she said.
While nobody wants to step on broken glass in the sand, the Pilot would like to see more evidence that this is prevalent, widespread problem, before a law is enacted.
In fact, here in Curry County, regular beach cleanup volunteers rarely come across the situation Sollman’s “constituent” describes.
There are many responsible people who drink responsibility and clean up after enjoying a day at the beach or an oceanside bonfire at night.
This bill is a waste of our elected officials’ time. They should focus on real problems such as public school funding, health care and jobs.