2021 Oregon Legislative Session

As this update is being written, we are amidst record high temperatures, local irrigation districts are rationing water, and we’ve already awoken to the smell of wildfires. The fact that summer is just starting has not been lost in these conversations as we all ponder what lies ahead for us this summer. 

Advancing a healthy, resilient future in Central Oregon requires change at both the individual and governance levels. During the 2021 Oregon legislative session some monumental bills were passed that chart our path to a more equitable and clean energy future for all.

To hone our focus, we tried to follow bills that will support strategies laid out in Bend’s Community Climate Action Plan to reduce fossil fuel use. In each of the five focus areas below, you can see which bills passed and which did not make it through the session.