Policy Update June 2023


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A Historic Moment In Oregon 

Amazing news! After a very challenging session marked by ongoing Republican walkouts, the Climate Resilience Package passed both chambers over the weekend and is headed to Governor Kotek’s desk. Communities across the state will now benefit from vastly expanded access to clean energy, efficiency, and resiliency programs that will keep Oregonians safe and healthy through all sorts of weather, cut energy bills, protect our climate, and create family-sustaining jobs. Spark Northwest will be active in the implementation process to ensure that the new programs and funds reach low-income, BIPOC, rural, and otherwise marginalized and climate-impacted communities across the state. 

We are deeply grateful for Senate President Wagner, Speaker Rayfield, the prime sponsors (Representatives Marsh, Khanh Pham, Rayfield, and Senators Dembrow, Golden, and Lieber) and all the legislators, staff, and advocates who made this moment possible.

Pictured is Spark Northwest Policy Manager, John Seng with staff members from Unite Oregon celebrating. Left to right: Meredith Wadlington, Metzin Rodriguez, John Seng, Beth Chvilicek, Marisol de la Torre, and Gloria Ochoa-Sandoval 

Read more about this historic climate package

That’s An Oregon Wrap!

With both legislative sessions officially wrapped in Oregon and Washington, we have started the interim work of collaborating with legislators and stakeholders to define and refine our policy priorities for 2024. We look forward to bringing you more advocacy news and updates in early 2024. We hope you have a healthy, safe and wonderful summer!