2015 Regular Session
|At the request of:||(at the request of Oregon Cattlemen's Association)|
|Bill Title:||Relating to habitat projects by cattle producers; declaring an emergency.|
Finds and declares that Baker, Crook, Harney, Lake and Malheur Counties are qualitatively different and unique sage grouse habitat, making counties separate and distinct class for purposes of levying state tax assessment.
Requires State Department of Agriculture to impose assessment on cattle raised in Baker, Crook, Harney, Lake or Malheur County. Provides for establishing zero assessment rate if greater sage grouse is listed as endangered under federal Endangered Species Act. Establishes Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation and Restoration Fund to receive moneys collected from assessment. Appropriates fund moneys to department for purposes of distributing grants to soil and water conservation districts where assessed cattle were raised. Provides for districts to use grant moneys to fund projects for sage grouse conservation or sage grouse habitat conservation or restoration in areas where sage grouse listing would affect or potentially would affect cattle production activities. Requires department to make assessment effective beginning January 1, 2016. Sunsets assessment on January 2, 2021. Sunsets other provisions on January 2, 2022. Declares emergency, effective on passage.
|Fiscal Impact:||May Have Fiscal Impact, But No Statement Yet Issued|
|Revenue Impact:||May Have Revenue Impact, But No Statement Yet Issued|
|Measure Analysis:||Staff Measure Summary / Impact Statements|
|Current Location:||In House Committee|
|Current Committee:||House Committee On Revenue|
|Potential Conflicts of Interest/Vote Explanations:||Potential Conflicts of Interest/Vote Explanation Documents|