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Oregon Senate Votes Down Bill That Would Have Required HOA’s To Allow Gardens, Chickens And Bees

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Chris Lehman
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KLCC

The Oregon Senate Thursday voted down a bill that would have required homeowners associations to allow residents to grow gardens, raise hens, and keep bees.

 

Supporters of House Bill 3322 said it would give people in planned communities the opportunity to raise their own food.

 

But opponents, including Sen. Lee Beyer, D-Springfield, said the bill would subvert the will of people who joined those communities to avoid things like chickens and bees. 

“People make choices about where they live," he said. "Some people want to live in a planned community that’s very dense, and that doesn’t have animals of any kind. And I think that’s a reasonable choice.”

The measure fell two votes short of winning approval and is now dead for session. It passed the House 53-2 in April.

 

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December, 2018. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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