Legislative session ends without much-needed solutions to wildfire funding issues

Rising temperatures bring an increased risk of wildfire.

Alex Baumhardt, Oregon Capital Chronicle, March 8th 2024

Lawmakers began the short session in February hoping to fill gaps in wildfire funding, with three bills to address landowner wildfire protection fees, home hardening, wildfire prevention and response, and survivor compensation.

But those proposals failed. Only one proposal, Senate Bill 1520, which ensures wildfire survivors do not need to pay state income tax on compensation and settlements from losses, passed the Legislature, with unanimous votes this week in the Senate and House.

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