Action Alert!

Contact your Senator and Representative to support SB 762 A, the omnibus wildfire bill!

Quote from the Action Alert 9/16/21:

The League of Women Voters of Oregon supported SB 762, the omnibus wildfire bill. Now agencies are writing the rules to implement the bill. The Board of Forestry has opened a public comment period, from now through October 1, on whether the state should adopt the WUI definition that is most commonly used throughout the United States, especially in the West, and by the federal government – the “International Wildfire Urban Interface Code” definition: “that geographical area where structures and other human development meets or intermingles with wildland or vegetative fuels”.

As a reminder: on the final day of the 2021 session, the legislature passed Oregon’s first comprehensive, forward-looking wildfire preparedness and resiliency bill, Senate Bill 762. This bill is a critical step for Oregon to increase community preparedness, reduce future wildfire risk, and build resiliency to withstand the increasing severity and frequency of wildfires in Oregon.   

Now it is time to implement SB 762 – the bill requires several state agencies to take actions and make investments towards achieving that wildfire resiliency. The Oregon Board of Forestry is currently in the process of adopting a definition of “wildland urban interface” (WUI) – this is the foundational definition on which much of the state’s wildfire preparedness investments, regulations, and guidance will be based.  

The Forestry Board needs to hear from you – how have Oregon’s recent wildfires impacted your life, and what do you expect from the state to better prepare Oregon & all Oregonians for the future? Right now, the Board especially needs to hear that:

This rule is the first step in implementing SB 762.  Another rulemaking committee is developing the set of specific maps identifying which properties are most at risk. Look for opportunities to comment on those maps in the coming months.  For now, we support this foundational definition as work continues to refine the work specifically for a diverse Oregon.  

Send your experiences and comments to the Board of Forestry at: sb762.rulemaking@oregon.gov

You can also speak at one of three public hearings by logging into the below zoom links and indicating you want to testify: 

To learn more about this WUI rulemaking process, go to: https://www.oregon.gov/odf/board/Pages/rac.aspx

It’s Time to Shout Out!

Join women and men in Douglas County in The Women’s March. It’s being held all over the country, and we need to join in too.

Saturday, Oct. 2nd at 11AM
On the Corner of Garden Valley Blvd & Stewart Parkway.

Find more information Roseburg-specific on Facebook here. Thank you for organizing this, Alana!

We will join in to stand with our sisters across the country to vocally oppose the extreme Texas’ anti-abortion law. 

We must challenge this heinous move against women and families! The vigilante part is so un-American and bigoted we cannot be still. Put on your activists hats and meet us on the southeast corner of Garden Valley and Stewart Parkway at 11:00 am.

Bring appropriate signs and wear a smile! A march will be held for those who want to march from the corner to the Mercy hospital and back.

Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day, August 26th, commemorates the struggles of women to be heard, as fierce advocates who gained the statutory right to vote. Also, known as women’s suffrage, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guarantees all American women the right to vote.

Forty-six years ago, in 1971, the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” Thanks to Congresswoman Bella Abzug who got it passed, the date was selected to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that granted women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York. Observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality.

We can all be thankful for the work done before us. Let us continue the legacy together!

Join the League of Women Voters!

Get Your Ballot In!

Get your ballot to the Drop Site or pop it in the mail (does even need a stamp – just get in in time!). The deadline is 8PM May 18th.

It’s time to figure out who and what to vote for in the May 18 Specials Districts election.

Look for candidate interviews that are being held by The News-Review. Do a search on “candidates” on their main page to find the articles.

Register to Vote!

Special District Election

How do you make democracy work? VOTE!

Special District Election Day is May 18, 2021.

Douglas County, Oregon citizens will vote by mail for this coming Special District Election on May 18th.

  • Last day to register is April 27, 2021
  • Ballots will be mailed by April 4, 2021
  • Election Day is May 18 – must have ballots in by 8PM – postmarks do not count.

There are 277 candidates running for positions in 87 districts ranging from school boards, fire, water and sanitary districts, parks and recreation, the Port of Umpqua, and a library district.

See the Douglas County Elections department list of candidates.

See current ballot measures.

More information on the Douglas County Elections website.

Make Your Voice Heard!

You Should Know

The following is from the latest Legislative Report by the League of Women Voters of Oregon (LWVOR). The League’s Action Team is monitoring the goings-on at the Capitol. The Legislature is in session now until June 28, 2021.

On Thursday, February 25th all the Republican Senators did NOT show up for the floor session. There is conflicting wording on exactly what this is called – some including the media have called it a “walkout” and others a “denial of a quorum” to protest the Governor not reopening schools. They claim that the rest of legislative business continued as normal, so arguably it was not a walkout. Either way, these Senators were not at work and did not have excused absences. No one is sure whether this will become the norm or this will be the only time it happens this session. If this was one of your Senators let them know whether you agree or disagree with their actions.

Also…

Make your Voice Heard – Testify Virtually:

This past year was the year of the decennial census and now it is time for redistricting reapportionment. The House and Senate Redistricting Committees started a series of meetings on March 9 to take public testimony on the redistricting process. This is usually a road show, however because of the pandemic this will also be done virtually. It is important that we tell our Legislators that we want these new districts to meet all the criteria outlined by law, that there be no gerrymandering and that all districts are equal and fair. The League will be testifying, however it is important that all of you also testify as individual Oregon residents/voters. See https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/redistricting/ for more information and all the details.
Paula Krane, Access Coordinator

Read League of Women Voters of Oregon testimony here.

Stop Voter Suppression

Here’s another really good thing the League does –> the whole organization across the country stands up for stopping voter suppression. And the League invites everyone to join in.

Across the country are attempts in legislatures to nullify voters. Disgusting! Instead we should be enabling voters. That’s what democracy is about. We stand to lose everything if we allow this to go on.

Join with the League now to help stop voter suppression. Check out this link: https://bit.ly/2ZYRaYS

Find out what your Oregon Legislature is up to. Read the weekly League’s Legislative Reports. Scroll down to see the latest report by subject matter.