OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AND CLIMATE ACTION
Two different virtual events are coming our way that you can participate in from the comfort of your very own home!
Virtual Lobby Days March 21-23 OLCV and OCN (Oregon League of Conservation Voters and Oregon Conservation Network) are having lobby days on Zoom. Separate meetings with Senator Weber and Representative Javadi will be set up, and you can join like-minded constituents to meet on Zoom and let your representatives know about your environmental and climate concerns. Training will be March 21, and meetings for our district will be March 22.Details and registration here.
Climate Reality Project Power Up Training: From Acts to Action Begins April 6
Learn how to get the most out of the IRA (Inflation Reduction Act) and the Infrastructure Act for climate action. From individuals, to activists, to community leaders and elected officials, this virtual program will break down how to take advantage of new laws and federal funding for climate projects both large and small. Learn more and sign up here.
INCO COMMUNITY MEETING Thursday, March 9 via Zoom 6 pm - social; 6:30 - 7:30 - meeting All INCO Indivisibles are invited!
We'll catch up on news from Salem, the county, and our towns - housing, forestry, budgets, etc. Lots going on with COIN, too! If you've been following an issue or legislation, please tell us about it. What else is on your mind?
Mark your calendars for our two March COIN meetings - Tuesday March 7, and Tuesday March 21, both at 7:00 pm, via Zoom. All INCO folks are invited to participate in COIN meetings. COIN has something for everyone, and when we all work together, we can make a difference. Register for COIN meetings here(just once for all 2023 meetings).
Please visit our Legislation 2023 web page for updates on bills COIN has endorsed or opposed, or bills we are still watching. We urge you to pick at least one bill to take action on each week.
Many of the bills have ACTION ALERTS with tips on how you can help influence your legislators on bills that are important to you. It can be as simple as clicking the link provided to submit simple written testimony saying, "I strongly support this bill." Or you can explain why the bill is important to you and other Oregonians. We'd love to have you join the COIN Legislative Team and help track some new bills. If you have questions or concerns about COIN's position on these bills, please email us at email@example.com. You can alsofollow us on Facebook for updates.
Here are the 9 new bills endorsed or opposed by COIN this week. Learn more about each here.
Climate Energy Environment
SB 795 Conveys State Forest Lands to Counties (OPPOSE)
HB 3016 Green Infrastructure (ENDORSE)
Campaign Finance Reform
HB 2038 Financial Disclosure Statements (ENDORSE)
HB 2003 Campaign Contribution Limits (OPPOSE)
SB 162 Small Donors (OPPOSE)
HB 2650 Equitable Workgroups for Equitable Outcomes (ENDORSE)
SB 619 Consumer Privacy Protection (ENDORSE)
HB 2731 Family Preservation Project Pilot Program (ENDORSE)
SB 519 Modifies procedure for expunction of certain juvenile records (ENDORSE)
Legislators won't know what you want unless you tell them. Please take a moment to comment on at least one of these bills.
We're grateful we had the pleasure of knowing and working with INCO activist Sue Zerangue before she died last week. A believer in joy, social justice, and caring for others, Sue loved learning and making good things happen. We will miss her.
SPECIAL DISTRICT ELECTIONS
Only 10 days left to sign up to run to be a board member of a Special District in Clatsop County. Special Districts need good people to serve. Positions on the ballot include schools, health districts, rural fire protection, and others. Countywide special districts are the Port of Astoria, Sunset Empire Transportation, and Clatsop Community College.
The Special District elections are 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 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87835618044 Meeting ID: 878 3561 8044 One tap mobile +12532050468,,87835618044# US +12532158782,,87835618044# US (Tacoma)
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” ― Charles Dickens, GREAT EXPECTATIONS