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Amendment Would Put Local Rights In Local Hands

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March 12, 2015|Eugene Weekly

Organizers with the Oregon Community Rights Network (OCRN) have launched a campaign to put a constitutional amendment on the Oregon ballot in November 2016 that will affirm the right to local self-government and potentially reframe how environmental debates play out.

The amendment would protect the right of local governments to pass ordinances — even if they conflict with the interests of corporations — and ensure that these ordinances are legally binding.

Under this rights-based framework, communities and even natural environments are granted legal rights, which can be violated.

The amendment could help grant authority to the local communities that are directly affected by environmental issues — whether it is by GMO farming, fracking, mining or constructing an LNG terminal.

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Oregon Legislature Steals Ball Then Drops It

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Posted by on March 08, 2015

After Jackson County banned the open cultivation of genetically engineered crops and three other counties moved forward on similar bans, the Oregon legislature passed 863 which preempted local decisions about agriculture, reserving that privilege to the state. Governor Kitzhaber appointed a stellar taskforce at a cost of more than $100,000 over six months to study the matter, presumably to formulate a state plan to deal with the problems.

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Oregon Community Rights Network Files Constitutional Amendment To Secure the Right to Local, Community Self Government Free from Corporate Control

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Monday, February 23, 2015

The Oregon Community Rights Network (ORCRN) has submitted a proposed constitutional amendment to the state’s Elections Division. The citizen’s initiative effort, which will be run by Oregonians for Community Rights, will be out gathering the needed 1000 signatures for the required administrative review process to take place. The group’s aim is to be on the November 2016 ballot.

The constitutional amendment is titled “The Right to Local, Community Self-Government” and would codify into law the right to local, community self-government, enabling local governments to protect fundamental rights and prohibit corporate activities that violate those rights. It would secure the authority of communities to put in place stronger rights and protections than those recognized at the state, federal, or international level.

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North Royalton, Broadview Heights, Gates Mills react to Ohio Supreme Court ruling in favor of oil and gas drillers

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NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio — Tuesday’s Ohio Supreme Court ruling that state law trumps local oil and gas well regulations won’t end the battle against drilling in residential neighborhoods.

That’s what Mayor Robert Stefanik said Tuesday after the court’s 4-3 vote, which he said left hope for home-rule advocates.

“Three justices feel there should be more input and oversight by the cities,” said Stefanik, who strongly opposes residential drilling.

The Supreme Court case involved the city of Munroe Falls, which in 2011 sued Beck Energy Corp., a Ravenna driller. The city had tried to enforce its drilling regulations with Beck, but the firm said it only had to follow state rules.

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Could A Community Bill Of Rights Keep Out A Gas Pipeline?

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Jes Burns | OPB | Feb. 3, 2015 7 p.m. | Updated: Feb. 4, 2015 11 a.m. | Ashland, Ore.

Southern Oregon communities along a proposed natural gas pipeline route are looking for creative ways to stop the project. Douglas and Coos County residents hope a Community Bill of Rights will give them a legal avenue to assert local control.

The pipeline for the proposed Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export terminal in Coos Bay would run through the property of Stacey McLaughlin. She doesn’t want it there. And speaking out before government officials has been less than satisfying.

“It feels like a waste of my time,” she said.

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