Oregon Cap-and-Trade Bill Faces Further Doubts: ‘The Votes Aren’t There’ Oregon Cap-and-Trade Bill Faces Further Doubts: ‘The Votes Aren’t There’ – NTK Network

Oregon Cap-and-Trade Bill Faces Further Doubts: ‘The Votes Aren’t There’

Momentum seems to have been against the bill from the start.

By NTK Staff | 02.14.2018 @1:15pm
Oregon Cap-and-Trade Bill Faces Further Doubts: ‘The Votes Aren’t There’

Bad news for liberals advocating for Oregon to pass a California-style cap-and-trade bill in a short legislative session this year: the 2018 effort faces more doubts than even a week before.

Oregon Business reported:

Thursday marks the deadline for most bills to move out of their first-review committees and into other committees or the House and Senate floor. Prospects for cap and invest look grim but key tax proposals are gaining momentum.

Oregon Business also reported that even a move of the bill to the Ways and Means Committee may not guarantee passage at this point.

The House and Senate versions of the Democrats’ cap and invest carbon pricing plan, dubbed the Clean Energy Jobs bill, will likely die in committee this session. One or both bills will probably move to the Joint Ways and Means committee by the Thursday deadline. But that committee doesn’t have a deadline for pushing the bill to the floor, and not enough of its members back the legislation.

“The votes aren’t there on the ways and means committee,” says Mike Freese, a lobbyist with the Romain Group. “We’re led to believe neither bill will move to the floor.”

Momentum seems to have been against the bill from the start. Op-eds published in Oregon recently lamented the power the bill would give “unelected bureaucrats,” and the negative impact the bill would have on Oregon’s robust agriculture community.

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