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Please contact Oregon legislators to stop SB 838 and other anti-mining bills

June 21, 2013

Oregon Senate Bill 838 is the latest attempt by Senator Alan Bates and others to reward extreme environmental groups for their continued support. 

SB 838 would establish a 5-year moratorium on all suction dredge mining in Oregon, and would continue to ban the practice in most State waterways even after the ban is lifted.

SB 838 passed the Senate Natural Resources Committee in April, though no further action has been taken on the bill or on the other anti-mining bills recently introduced. (Other bills include SB 115, SB 370, and SB 401.)

A recall effort is underway for Senator Alan Bates, led by timber worker and miner Rick Barclay. Recall petitions can be signed at Black Cat Mining in Medford or Armadillo Mining Shop in Grants Pass. If you are a registered voter in Senate District 3, which includes Jacksonville, Talent, Medford, Ashland, Phoenix and additional portions of Jackson County, please get your name on the recall petition!

We also need all miners to contact Oregon legislators and tell them to vote "no" on the above bills. It's likely they will attempt to pass the bills by attaching them to a budget measure in order to avoid any further public debate. Please take time to do it soon.

Email addresses for Oregon legislators:
Sen.HermanBaertschiger@state.or.us, Sen.AlanBates@state.or.us, Sen.LeeBeyer@state.or.us, Sen.BrianBoquist@state.or.us, Sen.GinnyBurdick@state.or.us, Sen.BetsyClose@state.or.us, Sen.PeterCourtney@state.or.us, Sen.RichardDevlin@state.or.us, Sen.JackieDingfelder@state.or.us, Sen.ChrisEdwards@state.or.us, Sen.TedFerrioli@state.or.us, Sen.LarryGeorge@state.or.us, Sen.FredGirod@state.or.us, Sen.BillHansell@state.or.us, Sen.MarkHass@state.or.us, Sen.BetsyJohnson@state.or.us, sen.timknopp@state.or.us, Sen.JeffKruse@state.or.us, Sen.LaurieMonnesAnderson@state.or.us, Sen.RodMonroe@state.or.us, Sen.AlanOlsen@state.or.us, Sen.FloydProzanski@state.or.us, Rep.ArnieRoblan@state.or.us, Sen.DianeRosenbaum@state.or.us, Sen.ChipShields@state.or.us, Sen.BruceStarr@state.or.us, Sen.ElizabethSteinerHayward@state.or.us, Sen.ChuckThomsen@state.or.us, Sen.DougWhitsett@state.or.us, Sen.JackieWinters@state.or.usRep.tinakotek@state.or.us, Rep.valhoyle@state.or.us, Rep.PeterBuckley@state.or.us

You can also contact them by phone. Here are contact numbers for State Senators and for Representatives.

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