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Panel OKs Water Resources fee bill

SALEM -- A House committee has moved a bill to the legislative budget-writing committee that would allow the Oregon Water Resources Department to increase fees annually.

An amended version of House Bill 2259 gives authority to the department to raise its fees up to 2 percent annually or at the rate of inflation, whichever is lower.

The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee moved the bill to Ways and Means with a do-pass recommendation by unanimous vote.

-- Mitch Lies

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