Pesticide use bill calling for task force goes to Senate floor
By MITCH LIES
SALEM -- An Oregon Senate committee on April 17 passed a watered-down pesticide-use-reporting bill to the floor with a do-pass recommendation.
The amended version of Senate Bill 800 calls for the state to form a task force to look into whether government agencies should report their pesticide use.
SB800 originally called for agencies and commercial pesticide applicators to report all pesticide use.
"It appeared to me that there were definitely some issues that needed to be resolved," said Sen. Jackie Dingfelder, D-Portland, chair of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee. "But it seems that it best be worked through a task force process, because there were a lot of unanswered questions."
The committee moved the bill by a 3-2 vote with Sens. Mark Hass, D-Portland, and Alan Olsen, R-Canby, voting no.
Olsen objected after pointing out the state already abandoned one pesticide use reporting system by not funding it.
The former system required all pesticide users to file reports.
"I feel that to put together another task force and spend more money (on) something that didn't work, wasn't working, I can't support," Olsen said.
The amended bill requires the task force to report its findings to the governor no later than Oct. 1, 2014.