Beef Legislation

Bills enacted in 2019 with direct or potential impact on the beef industry.



Legislative Summary

HB 2007

Directs Environmental Quality Commission to adopt by rule diesel engine emission standards for medium-duty trucks and heavy-duty trucks

HB 2225

Defines “center of the subject tract” for siting certain permissible forest dwellings

HB 2057

Increases maximum fees for commercial weighing or measuring instruments or devices

HB 2058

Eliminates reexamination administration fee for pesticide applicators and pesticide consultants

HB 2059

Extends sunset on State Department of Agriculture authority to annually impose limited fee increases for certain licenses related to food production

HB 2061

Changes structure for annual permit fees for confined animal feeding operations

HB 2067

Removes sunset dates for the Oregon Landowner Damage Program and the Access and Habitat Program

HB 2085

Regulates the construction and removal of dams

HB 2236

Allows farm tractors to operate on state highways that have speed limit or posted speed of more than 35 miles per hour

HB 2435 A

Makes permanent 2018 law sunsetting April 15, 2020, that allows guest ranches to be established on lands zoned for exclusive farm use in eastern Oregon

HB 2436 A

Directs Department of State Lands to collaborate with certain entities to develop proposal, including recommended legislation for introduction in 2020 regular session, for Department to assume partial authority to administer federal wetland dredge and fill permits

HB 2437

Authorizes maintenance activities in dry, traditionally maintained channels to be conducted without removal or fill permit subject to certain conditions

HB 2458

Exempts from ad valorem property taxation property that is owned or used by cooperative for purpose of providing stream or hot water heat by combustion of biomass

HB 2469

Allows counties to approve second dwelling on forestlands within rural fire protection district near existing dwelling for owner or relative who supports owner’s forestry practices

HB 2573

Requires counties to approve establishment of dwellings in conjunction with farm use on high-value farmland for cranberry farm operator meeting $40,000 annual income standard

HB 2844

Allows facilities for processing farm products under 2,500 square feet on lands zoned for exclusive farm use without regard to siting standards

HB 2881

Replaces vehicle weight rating with designation as passenger vehicle as qualification for per-mile road usage charge program

HB 2953

Requires State Forestry Department to report biennially to committee of Legislative Assembly regarding outcomes from all projects pursued in state under Good Neighbor Authority Agreement

HB 3024

Prohibits county from considering property tax classification of dwellings that were previously removed, destroyed, demolished or converted to nonresidential uses when reviewing application for replacement dwelling on lands zoned for exclusive farm use

HB 3035 A

Increases maximum penalty for certain wildlife law offenses committed without culpable mental state to $2,000 fine

HB 3272

Limits extension that Land Use Board of Appeals may provide petitioner whose objection to record is denied to 14 days from later of original deadline or date of denial

HB 3365

Changes process for forming or dissolving livestock district, annexing land to livestock district or withdrawing land from livestock district

HB 3401

Abolishes Oregon Orchardgrass Seed Producers Commission on later of July 1, 2019, or one day after effective date of Act

HB 5003

Approves certain new or increased fees adopted by State Department of Agriculture

HB 5018

Approves certain new or increased fees adopted by Department of Environmental Quality

SB 36

Modifies laws relating to home and farm loans for veterans

SB 38

Modifies provisions for treatment of renewable energy certificates issued for generation of thermal energy

SB 40

Modifies license fees for heating oil tank regulatory program

SB 41

Modifies oil spill prevention fees

SB 42

Eliminates sunset for funding dedicated to State Department of Fish and Wildlife fish restoration and enhancement program

SB 50

Exempts from Public Contracting Code timber sales from lands that State Parks and Recreation Commission or State Parks and Recreation Department owns or manages

SB 90

Prohibits food and beverage provider or convenience store from providing single-use plastic straw to consumer unless consumer specifically requests single-use plastic straw

SB 287

Establishes standards for establishment of farm breweries on lands zoned for exclusive farm use or mixed farm and forest use for breweries that annually produce under 150,000 barrels of malt beverages total with under 15,000 barrels produced on farm brewery site

SB 288

Expands where special district public bodies may hold public meetings to include locations within Indian country of federally recognized Oregon Indian tribe that is within Oregon

SB 290

Makes person voluntarily fighting wildfire immune from civil liability for injury resulting from good faith performance of firefighting efforts

SB 301

Requires State Department of Fish and Wildlife to consider elk overpopulation when implementing Oregon Landowner Damage Program

SB 320

Conditionally abolishes annual one-hour change in time from standard time to daylight saving time and maintains Oregon on daylight saving time except in portion of Oregon in Mountain Time Zone

SB 365

Prohibits local governments from imposing system development charge for increased use of transportation facility resulting from marijuana production in exclusive farm use zone

SB 370

Requires employer to provide notice to employees of upcoming inspection by federal agency of employer’s records regarding identity and employment eligibility of employees within three business days of employer’s receipt of notice of inspection from agency

SB 390

Allows farm direct marketer sales and consignment sales of olive oil

SB 408

Allows county to approve certain divisions of land zoned for exclusive farm use for purposes of siting utility facilities necessary for public service

SB 580

Prohibits use of cyanide devices to control wildlife

SB 769

Requires owner or person in possession or control of solar project to file, on or before December 31 preceding first property tax year to which agreement with county for payment of fee in lieu of property taxes on solar project property relates, nameplate capacity of project and copy of agreement with county assessor and Department of Revenue

SB 884

Authorizes qualified institutions to receive loans from Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund to finance projects to repair or replace failing on-site septic systems or to replace failing on-site septic systems with connections to available sewer

From the 2017 Oregon legislative session:

House Bill 2043

Proposes to transfer $ 1 million from the general fund to sustain the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s noxious weed control programs during the 2017-2019 biennium.  The programs are otherwise likely to be cut under the current proposed budget. The Oregon Farm Bureau, the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, Oregonians for Food and Shelter and the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts have testified in favor of the bill.

House Bill 2291

Would require that some farm trucks carrying pesticides, fertilizer, fuel or
other “hazardous materials” to meet paperwork and signature requirements. Oregonians for Food and Shelter and the Oregon Seed Council have testified against these requirements. Oregon Farm Bureau has expressed concerns about the uncertainty surrounding compliance and enforcement.

Senate Bill 499

Oregon’s “right to farm” law protects farmers, ranchers, and forest managers from nuisance or trespass lawsuits filed by neighbors or others who do not approve of how lands are operated. The bill would remove the protections currently in the law for pesticide use, including removing provisions entitling the farmer to attorney fees if they prevail.

House Bill 2382

Proposes to allocate funds directly to the FFA to benefit students and help grow the program.

Senate Bill 477

Would require an unsuccessful protestant to pay Water Resources Department costs and reasonable attorney fees if protestant has filed or intervened under certain statutes in three or more protests within preceding 12 months. This bill appears aimed at groups that protest a large number of water right applications, such as WaterWatch.

House Bill 2327 and Senate Bill 755

HB 2327 would help to ensure that OWEB contactors are adequately insured for projects. Such insurance is especially important should the state-funded projects result in adverse impacts on neighboring landowners. SB 755 is Oregon Farm Bureau’s bill to clarify liability for OWEB projects.

Senate Bill 6

Proposes to change trap check regulations, requiring trappers to check traps
within 24 hours and post signage on public lands. The bill is supported by animal welfare groups, and the Oregon Farm Bureau opposes the bill due to its impact on producers’ ability to manage predators with “impractical and costly restrictions on the use of traps.”

House Bills 2167/2169/2180/2181

Oregon Farm Bureau opposing all four bills related to labor and employment. HB 2167 relates to how workers claim an employer created or maintained an abusive work environment. HB 2169 would only allow a plaintiff to collect attorney fees, even if the employer prevails. HB 2180 proposes to allow employees to file liens on an employer’s property based on alleged wage claims. HB 2181 would create a rebuttable presumption against and employer that they retaliated against an employee.

House Bill 2038

Would preserve and expand funding for Farm-to-School and School Garden programs. A hearing will be held by the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on Tuesday, February 14 at 8:00 AM in HR D. You can also submit testimony to
Douglas County Operators: Petition to join the new Predator Control District by returning the petitions to the Douglas County Livestock Association by March 10th in order to receive predator control services in the future. For more information about the formation of predator control districts, see the Capital Press article Oregon bill proposes predator control districts:
Congressman Kurt Schrader (5th District) is holding a telephone conference town hall meeting on Feb 15th at 6:00 PM. You can register online at:
Join the Oregon Farm Bureau for the Women’s Legislative Reception on February 17th, 10 AM to 3 PM at the State Capital. More details are available online at: