RiverAction: Metolius Update: Final Call to Action! Oregon House Expected to Vote on HB 3298 This Tuesday! 6/15/09

RiverAction: Metolius Update: Final Call to Action! Oregon House Expected to Vote on HB 3298 This Tuesday! 6/15/09

An action alert from Central Oregon LandWatch on HB 3298, which goes to vote on June 16th, 2009.

Below is an action alert from Central Oregon LandWatch we wanted to share with you. Please note this email is two days old. Please take action today to protect the Metolius:

June 13th, 2009

This past Friday, the Oregon State Senate passed House Bill 3298, the Metolius Protection Act of 2009, by a 16-12 margin. Now the bill heads to the House for a final vote, which is expected to come this Tuesday, June 16th, in the early afternoon. Passage here would send this historic legislation to the Governor’s desk.

This will be your last chance to support this campaign which began more than two years ago with the introduction of Senate Bill 30. The House has been a very challenging environment for HB 3298, and a close vote is expected either way. Although we are optimistic about the bill’s chances, we have yet to confirm a 31st vote, and so your voices are more important now than ever.

Three days. That’s what this long campaign has come down to. Three days to let them know how much you care. How much this means to Oregonians. Three days to make sure that all of your supportive friends and family members express their support as well. It will only take a few minutes of your time, but passage here will ensure permanent protection for the Metolius River and Basin.

If you’ve already written, then take this occasion to place a few phone calls. If you’ve already called, send a few e-mails. But make sure that whatever you do, you let each of the Representatives on the list below know, one last time, how historic and critical this vote is and how much it means to you.

And if at all possible, please make the trip to the Capital Building in Salem and grab a seat in the House Gallery to witness this final vote and to demonstrate your support for protecting the Metolius! The vote is expected to take place between 1-2pm.

This is the time to get personal, tell stories of what the Metolius means to you, send pictures of her beauty. Really let them know how much you care. This is the time to let them know that we’ll never get another chance to protect this amazing place from the impacts of destination resorts and large-scale developments. The session will be over in two weeks or less. It’s now or never.

Don’t be afraid to let them feel your passion. But as always be sure to remain respectful. It’s been a long session, and this is a deeply personal issue for many legislators. For or against, every one of them deserves our respect.

I want to thank you personally for your support of this effort and let you know what a privilege it’s been to work with so many devoted and caring individuals. It’s been remarkable to see how many people from around Oregon and beyond care so deeply about this place. And it has been my tremendous pleasure to be a part of this extraordinary effort.

With your help in these final few days, we can make history. The Metolius is on the verge of being designated as Oregon’s first Area of Critical State Concern. More than 400,000 acres will be protected. More than 500 square miles. It’s simply amazing to consider. And we’re almost there.

-Erik Kancler
Executive Director, Central Oregon LandWatch
erik (at) centraloregonlandwatch (dot) org

 

Representative Contact List:

Representative Jeff Barker (Aloha D-28)
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1428
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE., H-491, Salem, OR, 97301
rep.jeffbarker (at) state (dot) or (dot) us

Representative Brent Barton (Clackamas D-51)
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1451
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-386, Salem, OR, 97301
rep.brentbarton (at) state (dot) or (dot) us

Representative Vicki Berger (Salem R-20)
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1420
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE., H-479, Salem, OR, 97301
rep.vickiberger (at) state (dot) or (dot) us

Representative Scott Bruun (West Linn R-37)
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1437
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, H-477, Salem, OR, 97301
rep.scottbruun (at) state (dot) or (dot) us

Representative Jean Cowan (Newport D-10)
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1410
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-376, Salem, OR, 97301
rep.jeancowan (at) state (dot) or (dot) us

Representative Sal Esquivel (Medford R-6)
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1406
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, H-483, Salem, OR, 97301
rep.salesquivel (at) state (dot) or (dot) us

Representative Bruce L Hanna, House Republican Leader (Roseburg R-7)
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1407
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE H-395, Salem, OR, 97301
rep.brucehanna (at) state (dot) or (dot) us

Representative John Huffman (The Dalles R-59)
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1459
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-476, Salem, OR, 97301
rep.johnhuffman (at) state (dot) or (dot) us

Representative Dave Hunt, Speaker of the House (Clackamas County D-40)
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1200
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, 269, Salem, OR, 97301
rep.davehunt (at) state (dot) or (dot) us

Representative Bob Jenson (Pendleton R-58)
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1458
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE., H-481, Salem, OR, 97301
rep.bobjenson (at) state (dot) or (dot) us

Representative Bill Kennemer (Oregon City R-39)
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1439
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-380, Salem, OR, 97301
rep.billkennemer (at) state (dot) or (dot) us

Representative Betty Komp (Woodburn D-22)
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1422
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, H-273, Salem, OR, 97301
rep.bettykomp (at) state (dot) or (dot) us

Representative Greg Matthews (Gresham D-50)
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1450
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-379, Salem, OR, 97301
rep.gregmatthews (at) state (dot) or (dot) us

Representative Mary Nolan (Portland D-36)
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1436
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, H-295, Salem, OR, 97301
rep.marynolan (at) state (dot) or (dot) us

Representative Arnie Roblan (Coos Bay D-9)
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1409
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-272, Salem, OR, 97301
rep.arnieroblan (at) state (dot) or (dot) us

Representative Greg Smith (Heppner R-57)
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1457
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE., H-482, Salem, OR, 97301
rep.gregsmith (at) state (dot) or (dot) us

Representative Gene Whisnant (Sunriver R-53)
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1453
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, H-471, Salem, OR, 97301
rep.genewhisnant (at) state (dot) or (dot) us

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