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House flips Metolius vote

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

After failing the Metolius River bill last week, the House has changed its decision to approve making the area an Area of Critical Statewide Concern. Legislators say the reversal came after urging from constituents and the governor.

In a stunning reversal from last week, the Oregon House passed a bill Monday extending unprecedented state protection to the Metolius River basin.

The 31-28 vote sends House Bill 3298 to Gov. Ted Kulongoski, who has fought to get it passed. It will make the Metolius an Area of Critical Statewide Concern, a never-before-used designation that strictly limits development.

In a brief and a fairly unemotional 10-minute debate, Rep. Larry Galizio, D-Tigard, said he had changed his mind and supported the bill. Galizio said he switched following a "convincing" phone call from the governor and "an outpouring" of letters and contacts from the public.

Read the full story at Oregonlive.com.



G Coleman
0 #1 Strong-armedG Coleman 2009-06-23 10:58:16
What a shame. Property rights out the door and a select few get to enjoy property near the Metolius. I guess since the area is so pristine perhaps Betsey Johnson will now tear down her million dollar "cabin" to show that she was serious about the protection she fought for.
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0 #2 gweldon 2009-06-23 15:03:39
Another instance of too much government interference. Now no investor or property owner has any guarantees. It's a shame in the recession that we are in that we do just about anything to stop job creation or tourism dollars coming into our state. Additionally, it's just a case of a few not wanting anything in their backyard.
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