Logging protest legislation advances

Logging protest legislation advances

Two bills designed to curb protests by environmental activists who interfere with logging in state forests appear headed to opposite fates this legislative session.

On a 25-3 vote, the Oregon Senate on Monday approved House Bill 2596, which clarifies that private companies contracted to log or otherwise manage state forestland can sue activists for financial damages related to any work disruption or equipment sabotage caused by such protests. Under current law, civil lawsuits can and have been filed against protesters, but backers say the explicit “cause of action” created by HB 2596 would put that recourse on firmer legal ground.

 

Read more at Salem Statesman-Journal.