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Drazan Urges Veto Of Ag Overtime Mandate

Canby, Ore. – Former state representative and House Republican leader Christine Drazan today urged Governor Kate Brown to veto HB 4002, legislation establishing among the most costly and inflexible agriculture overtime mandates in the country. Drazan cited bipartisan opposition to the bill as well as the opportunity for a more collaborative solution in urging the governor’s veto.

“Lawmakers heard an overwhelming amount of testimony about what this bill would mean for family farms and ranches,” said Drazan. “Unfortunately, despite bipartisan opposition, the Democratic supermajority rejected opportunities for compromise and pressed ahead with a bill that will have serious consequences for our agriculture industry. I urge Governor Brown to veto this bill and direct the legislature to pursue a true compromise solution.”

HB 4002B passed the House on a party-line vote. It passed the Senate with Senator Lee Beyer (D-Eugene) joining Republicans in opposition. The bill is also opposed by nearly every leading agricultural organization in the state. 

Governor Brown has up to 30 days post adjournment to decide whether to veto the bill, sign it, or let it take effect without her signature.