Bill Allowing Governor to Seize Private Property In Oregon Will Not Be Pursued

The Oregon State Capitol Building (ODOT / Flickr)

In a bill that I feel was largely unknown to many people I spoke with directly, HB-2238 was being considered by the Oregon state legislature which would have allowed for the Governor to seize, use, or possess any private property during a state of emergency. As many reading this are aware, the state of Oregon has been under a state of emergency as declared by Kate Brown in March of 2020 – now coming up on a year.

As it stands, there are already provisions in place under ORS 35.350 and ORS 401.188 which do allow for limited use of private

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