SALEM, OR -- The State House passed the clean fuels bill by just two votes and the measure now goes to Governor Kate Brown's desk. State Representative Knute Buehler (R-Bend) voted with the minority and argued on the House floor that this bill is bad policy. "Global climate change surely is real in American and certainly in Oregon. We need smart policies to fight it. But this is neither smart nor effective and raises fuel costs by 4 cents to one dollar a gallon in a hidden tax every tie Oregonians fill up at the pump."
Fellow Republican Gene Whisnant of Sunriver urged his colleagues to vote no. "Local small businesses and working families will be disproportionally effected by this bill. It will also effect Central Oregon because we depend in large part on tourism. This means Californians, Oregonians and Washingtonians will be less likely to recreate and travel and it will hurt areas that rely on tourism."
House Minority Leader Mike Mclane (R-Powell Butte) tried to postpone the vote until after investigations into Governor Kitzhaber and Cylvia Hayes have concluded, but that motion was denied. SB-324 would extend Oregon's low carbon fuel standard. Gov. Brown has said she supports the bill, however a staffer says she will review it.