2014 OSWA Legislative Priorities

Written by Jen Rains. Posted in General News, Legislative News, Membership News

The Board has approved OSWA’s Legislative Priorities for 2014.

The 2014 Legislative Session is a short session (35 days) and the legislature will likely be focusing on state budget issues such as how to pay for the $30MM+/- unfunded cost of fighting fires in Oregon this fire season. OSWA’s strategy will be to protect the funding we lobbied for in 2013 and oppose any unfair tax increases. We will use the 2014 session to introduce legislative concepts that we will focus on in the 2015 session such as land use parity with ag lands to construct a second home on forestland when landowner needs family assistance. OSWA has also been engaged in preliminary discussions about a possible state Catastrophic Reforestation Assistance program in locations designated as a catastrophe by the state forester. Attached is a list of OSWA’s 2014 Priorities.

2014 Legislative Priorities Final Draft