Baker City, Oregon (OTEC) — The remote public hearing of the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction set for Monday, Feb. 25, has been moved to the Baker County Fairgrounds.
The hearing, which was originally slated to be hosted at the headquarters of Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative, is scheduled for 5 p.m.
The public hearing is a remote hearing with testimony being offered from Baker City and Newport. The joint committee is hosting four public hearings around the state—in Springfield, Medford, The Dalles and Bend— where Oregonians will be able to voice their opinions and ask questions about the bill.
“We highly encourage OTEC’s member-owners come and make their voices heard at the hearing,” said Andrew Cutler, OTEC’s manager of communications and public relations. “Arrive a little early, if you would like to get on the list to speak.”
Oregon lawmakers have formally introduced a proposed cap-and-trade bill to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions during the current legislative session. House Bill 2020, introduced by the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction, would make Oregon the second state in the nation to adopt an economy-wide cap-and-trade system to regulate GHG emissions. HB 2020 builds upon the Clean Energy Jobs bill, an earlier version of cap-and-trade legislation that was considered in both chambers but failed to pass during last session.