House passes ODA budget
Department slated to get almost $95 million for next two years
By MITCH LIES
SALEM -- The House has sent the Oregon Department of Agriculture's proposed 2013-15 budget to the desk of Gov. John Kitzhaber.
The House on June 19 passed the budget, contained in Senate Bill 5502, by a vote of 49-9.
Previously, on June 13, the ODA budget passed the Senate with only 1 "no" vote.
The bill increases the department's budget from $84 million in 2011-13 to just under $95 million for the next biennium.
Full-time staff under the budget would increase from 343 to 351.
The budget includes an increase in the state's wolf compensation and assistance fund, from $100,000 in the current biennium to $200,000 for the next two years.
Lawmakers also continued to fund the state's pesticide stewardship partnership program, putting $1.49 million into the partnership.
And lawmakers put $4.4 million into the department's agricultural water quality program, including $1.9 million of general funds.
Lawmakers also provided the department a water-quantity position to work on increasing water supply development in Oregon.