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Preventing foreign animal diseases, addressing the labor shortage and reauthorizing mandatory livestock price reporting are the top issues.


U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz, Oregon's only Republican member of Congress, is pushing back against the proposed River Democracy Act in a letter sent Nov. 16 to all 62 county commissioners in his mostly rural district. 

Rep. Andrea Salinas, a Democrat from Lake Oswego, plans to reintroduce legislation that would gradually phase in overtime pay for Oregon's estimated 174,000 migrant and seasonal farmworkers. House Bill 2358, sponsored by Salinas in the 2021 Legislature, died in committee.


Natural resource organizations have applauded the Legislature’s focus on resolving water quantity and quality problems but warn that it can’t rest on its laurels, since these challenges won’t be solved in a year.