And MAYBE WORSE!!!!!!!!!!!
I've never seen so many exclamation points and large fonts used for so little reason. I just left a comment on the NW Republican blog post about the moratorium that Salem Reps. Vickie Berger and Brian Clem supposedly will introduce tomorrow.
Dude, you need to lay off the exclamation marks!!!! And red fonts. The world isn't coming to an end. My understanding is that the hold on Measure 37 claims will limit claimants to what they'd be able to do under the HB 3540 fix: three homes on farmland or groundwater limited land, or via the "express lane option," and ten homes otherwise.
[Update: Loaded Orygun has seen a summary of the moratorium bill, HB 3569. Check it out. It looks pretty much like what I said above, allowing what the Measure 37 fix would permit, if approved by voters. The bill isn't available from the legislature's web site at the moment.]
That's eminently reasonable. Why should a rich developer be able to rush ahead and put hundreds of homes on irreplaceable farmland or forestland, when the voters of Oregon likely are going to say, "No way" this fall?
We have just learned that State Representatives Vicki Berger (R-Salem) and Brian Clem (D-Salem) are introducing a bill tomorrow that will place an absolute moratorium on Measure 37 claims.
In other words, regardless of where you are in the process, Berger and Clem's bill will stop EVERY MEASURE 37 CLAIM IN IT'S TRACKS!
If you have spent thousands and thousands of dollars on your Measure 37 claim, Berger and Clem's bill will WIPE OUT everything!
But then there's the next line:
We don't have a bill number yet, so we don't have all the details.
Actually, I suspect they don't have any of the details. However, facts never stopped Oregonians in Action. That's how they conned voters into believing that all Measure 37 would do is allow a few sweet old ladies like Dorothy English to build a home on their property.
The truth is just a touch different.
As, I bet, the proposed moratorium will be from what the breathless folks at OIA and NW Republican are making it out to be.
We live near a 42-home proposed Measure 37 subdivision that the Marion County Commissioners just approved—even though the county's own independent water experts said that there isn't enough evidence to justify allowing the development.
This is exactly why a hold on large claims is essential. There's going to be a rush to get big subdivisions underway, no matter how much harm they cause to neighbors and the environment.
Urge your state representative and senator to vote for the moratorium. And thank Reps. Berger and Clem for doing the right thing. I'll steal a line from the OIA web site and change just one word.
Please call Representative Berger at (503) 986-1420 and Representative Clem at (503) 986-1421 and tell them their idea is irresponsible! terrific!