State Rep. David Brock Smith, R-Port Orford, has his hands in the midst of scores of legislative bills being debated in Salem this session, many of which, if approved, are directly related to Curry County.
HB 2354 would direct the Oregon Business Development Department to issue loans or grants to the city of Gold Beach to construct a training facility for public safety personnel.
HB 2366 would allocate $1.6 million in lottery revenue to the Oregon Business Development Department for grants or loans to redevelop the Port of Port Orford cannery.
HB 2367 would require the governor to certify to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce that the terms of the national marine sanctuary in Oregon are unacceptable, unless the Legislative Assembly confirms the designation.
HB 2369 would require courts to award damages for the cost of replanting to those suing the federal government for damage done to private land from fire that originated on federal forestland;
HB 2358 would provide grants equal to at least 30 percent of all money deposited into county general fund to counties that received Secure Rural Schools Program payments in 2008;
HB 2359 would require counties at higher risk of financial distress — including Curry — to withhold from taxing districts the costs to the county to assess properties and collect property taxes;
HB 2383 would appropriate money to the Curry County assessor for a pilot program to hire more people to catch up on the backlog of properties that need assessment;
HB 2384 would appropriate money from the general fund to install a fiber optic telecommunication line to Cape Blanco Airport;
HB 2365 would appropriate money to the state Forestry Department for the 2019-2021 biennium to carry out a pest management program to combat Sudden Oak Death;
HB 3360 would allow bonds to be issued if the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court determines that remodeling, renovation or expansion of court facilities is necessary;
HB 2370 would allow voters to approve measures allowing dogs to hunt, pursue or take cougars within their county;
HB 2373 would allow the state forester to order the use of wildland firefighters, equipment and services on any federal lands within state borders;
HB 2376 would appropriate money to the State Parks and Recreation Department for signs warning the public about natural dangers on ocean beaches;
HB 2377 would appropriate money from the general fund to the Oregon Department of Administrative Services to pay Douglas Timber Operators of Roseburg to study sediment in the lower Rogue River;
HB 2381 would require the State Department of Fish and Wildlife to operate a program in Southwest Oregon to control the populations of species that prey on salmon;
HB 2385 would allow remote, small school districts to use High School Graduation and College and Career Readiness Act funds on existing career and technical education programs;
HB 2386 would create an income tax credit for teachers in rural schools.
HB 2573 would remove cranberry farms from definition of “high-value farmland”;
HB 2579 would expand the entities that may receive grants from Farm-to-School grant programs to purchase food made in Oregon;
HB 2804 would prohibit retail pet stores from selling dogs, cats or rabbits that were not acquired from an animal shelter or rescue organization;
Other bills include:
House Bill 2221 would establish an ocean beach fund to bolster state park budgets to protect lands and enhance tourism;
HB 2364 would require the State Department of Fish and Wildlife to use dual-frequency identification sonar devices for counting fish;
HB 2228 to develop an technical assistance program for housing;
HB 2306 would require a city or county to issue residential building permits to developers to build infrastructure within planned communities they build;
HB 2371 would permit courts to reinstate peoples’ driving privileges if their license has been suspended for failing to pay fines if they are employed;
HB 2374 would allow a developer to take a tax credit against their net income for a portion of eligible costs of newly constructed single-family dwelling units that sell to households with an annual income at or below 120 percent of the area median income;
HB 2375 would require hospitals and pediatric health care facilities to have plans approved by Oregon Health Authority, to treat sexual assault survivors or to transfer them to a hospital for other approved facility for medical forensic services;
HB 2378 would require the State Department of Fish and Wildlife to establish and operate fish incubation box programs to salmonids on suitable waterways in coastal areas of Southern Oregon;
HB 2379 would prohibit the State Fish and Wildlife Commission from approving the operation of the Cole M. Rivers Hatchery by State Department of Fish and Wildlife, unless United States Army Corps of Engineers agrees to fish return goals set by the commission;
HB 2618 would require the State Department of Energy to adopt a program to provide rebates for the purchase, construction or installation of residential and commercial solar electric systems;
HB 3251 would authorize the Oregon Business Development Department to make loans and award matching grants to organizations in the outdoor recreation industry.
HB 3362 would prohibit title insurance companies from refusing to issue such policies on properties that had been used to produce cannabis;
HB 3367 would prohibit counties from establishing minimum residential lot sizes of more than one acre; and
HB 3369 would allow counties to subdivide land zoned for exclusive farm use or forest land into parcels no smaller than the average size of county parcels of the same type.