House to gut Measure 37

From a press release from House Republicans 4/27/07:

Republicans Defend Oregonians Property Rights by Opposing Flawed “˜Framework’

SALEM”” Democrats last night voted to dismantle Measure 37, two years after 61 percent of Oregon voters approved the measure to restore private property rights. Rep. Bill Garrard (R-Klamath Falls) and Rep. Patti Smith (R-Corbett) joined Senate Republicans on the Joint Land Use “Fairness” Committee in opposing HB 3540 and HB 3546, the bills to limit the rights of many property owners to build on their own land.

“According to the blog messages and e-mails I received this morning, voters are recognizing that Republicans were in committee defending them,” Rep. Garrard said. “Despite the Democrats’ effort to kill property rights in Oregon, this fight is not over.”

Democrats voted to severely restrict the number of homes an owner can build and to raise the burden of proof for owners to demonstrate how government regulations reduced the value of their land. The legislation imposes additional bureaucracy into the Measure 37 process, and exposes rightful Measure 37 claimants to endless litigation.

“If this legislation passes, this will be the third time Oregonians will have to vote to restore their private property rights,” Rep. Garrard said. “I intend to buy hearing aids for the Democrats, because they are not listening to the people.”



    I have to tip my hat to the Liberals, they are letting the people decide the fate of the bill the people sent to them 🙂 Only in Oregon… hopefully the people won’t vote for the liberals ideas though.

  • Bellstar

    I can not believe that the House and Senate would let the Legislatures get away with this. We the people of Oregon voted to put them in a position to uphold our rights…we voted twice for our rights back. It is not there job to do what they want… is there job to do what we want. We have rights…we demand our rights!!! They are crazy if they think we will take there crumbs.

  • believitornot

    The “fix” on M37 gives more rights to M37 claimants, the ability to fast track, ect. It is time for voters to rethink M37. M37 must apply equally and to everybody.


    I voted for the original M37 and I’ll vote to keep it the way it is, if I thought it needed to be fixed I would never have voted for it to begin with.

    The legislature is putting the new version before the voters (as it should), if the voters decide to embrace the changes great, if not great! Either way I’d hope it would be the last time we need to visit a subject the people have overwhemingly decided, twice!…………3 times after the next vote!

  • Captain_Anon

    Patti Smith has no foot to stand on. The gresham paper put the spot light on her and found out that she’s related to a claimant who’s seeking to mine a part of corbett, plot over 200 lots, and clear cut in riparian areas. I hardly think she has no personal interest in this. and she never declared her conflict of interest. same with Larry George. they should have excused themselves from all involvement with M37.

    other than that, this bill does help out land owners. no one who bought property 50 or 60 years ago planned on developing thier 100 acres with 200 homes. no one. not a timber company, not joe blow, no one. if they are allowed 3 or 4 homes, that’s 1 to 2 more than they ever planned on building. people should take it while they can. the courts are shutting down property owners and thier claims the longer this drags on.

  • djranch

    I’m third generation business. I have been trying to continue on for seven years. Have done nothing but loose money becouse of restriction imposed on property. Grandmother was offered $1,500000.00 1980’s didnt want to sell keep in the family good living. Ha Closed probate 11/2006 appraised at $150000.00 1 week to spare file for M37. I am into 3 times amount of appraisal. I am sure I’m not the only story 61% I would guess. I will never stop fighting to recouver what is mine. Politician remember we voted M37 in twice you work for us; 1000 Friends Of Oregon is claiming victory. I guess we will see Friday I want to believe Politician will back voters