Result of "Yes" Vote: 'Yes" vote requires members from mining, agriculture, manufacturing, and timber industries on five-person Environmental Quality Commission; cannot remove members; residency restrictions.
Result of "No" Vote: "No" vote retains current law allowing discretion in appointments to Environmental Quality Commission; members may be removed before expiration of term; no residency restriction.
Summary: The Environmental Quality Commission is a five-member board that establishes policies and adopts rules and standards for the operation of the Department of Environmental Quality and enforces rules and laws relating to air and water pollution and environmental quality generally. Under current law, the governor appoints members to four-year terms, subject to senate confirmation. The governor may remove members before the expiration of their term; members may not serve more than two consecutive terms. Measure requires the governor to appoint one member each from the mining, agricultural, manufacturing, and timber industries, subject to senate confirmation. No two members may reside in the same congressional district. Eliminates governorís authority to remove members.
468.010 Environmental Quality Commission; appointment; confirmation; term; compensation and expenses. (1) There is created an Environmental Quality Commission. The commission shall consist of five members, appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate as provided in ORS 171.562 and 171.565.
(2) The term of office of a member shall be four years, but the members of the commission may be removed by the Governor. Before the expiration of the term of a member, the Governor shall appoint a successor to assume the duties of the member on July 1 next following. A member shall be eligible for reappointment, but no member shall serve more than two consecutive terms. In case of a vacancy for any cause, the Governor shall make an appointment to become immediately effective for the unexpired term.
(3) A member of the commission is entitled to compensation and expenses as provided in ORS 292.495. [Formerly 449.016]