Monday, February 20, 2023

2-20-2023 Newsletter

"Even if you see yourself as a single blue dot in a sea of red, please know that pretty much a third of those around you share your beliefs and are just waiting for someone to say something about how wrong this all is. Your voice matters so much. It really does.”  
— Bill Penzey
COIN volunteers continue to track pending legislation, including the measures below. Learn more about these bills here. After you've read more about these bills on the COIN website, please send your feedback to We'll forward your comments to COIN.

SB 542   Right to Repair  COIN is watching this bill.
This bill would require electronic equipment manufacturers to make available to consumers and independent repair providers documentation, tools, parts or other devices that the manufacturer makes available to authorized repair providers. 
Here is the COIN Worksheet for this bill.  

HB 2571    E-Bike Rebates   COIN is watching this bill.
This bill would direct the DEQ to establish a program to provide rebates for qualifying individuals who purchase electric assisted bicycles or cargo electric bicycles and qualifying equipment.  
Here is the COIN Worksheet for this bill. 

HB 3016  Green Infrastructure    COIN is watching this bill.
This bill would establish a grant program to assist communities with improving their urban tree canopy. 
Here is the COIN Worksheet for this bill.  There are currently no hearings scheduled for this bill, but if you think this is a good idea, let your legislators know!  

Check out INCO's updated list of city, county, state, and federal elected officials and their contact information. 

You can sign up for newsletters from our state senator,
 Suzanne Weber, and our state representative, Cyrus Javadi. We especially like the weekly legislative newsletter from State Representative David Gomberg, who's been representing Oregon's central coast since January, 2013.
How will they know what you want if you don't tell them?
Celebrate good news from last week in this list from Jessica Craven. She inspires activists across the country with her Chop Wood, Carry Water newsletter.
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You can make a meaningful impact by serving as a board member of a Special District in Clatsop County. Special Districts are a form of local government created by a local community to meet a specific need. Special districts in Clatsop County include schools, Clatsop Care and Union health districts, rural fire protection, and others. Countywide special districts are the Port of Astoria, Sunset Empire Transportation, and Clatsop Community College.

You can volunteer to serve by running for office in the Special District elections on May 16. Information about local positions and filing is on the 
Clatsop County website. The County Clerk's office at 503-325-8605 has details. Filing deadline for the May election is March 16.
Thursday, March 9 - INCO Community Meeting, via Zoom. Social time at 6 pm; meeting is 6:30-7:30 pm. All INCO members are invited to attend. We meet the 2nd Thursday of each month.
Link to join Zoom meeting
 Meeting ID: 878 3561 8044
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   -- Bill Bradley, PEOPLE, January 31, 2000
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INCO Weekly Newsletter       February 20, 2023