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Thought he voted 'no' on the bill to create the recycling advisory council, he received appointment to it

Senator Bill Kennemer (R-Canby) was recently appointed to the Oregon Recycling Advisory Council.

The council, created by Senate Bill 582 to oversee an overhaul of Oregon's recycling system, was controversial and drew bipartisan opposition.

FILE PHOTO - Senator Bill Kennemer has been appointed to the Oregon Recycling Advisory Council.

"Since I voted 'no' on SB 582, the bill to create the Oregon Recycling System Advisory Council, I was surprised and pleased that the Senate president appointed me as a member," Kennemer, who represents District 20, said. "I have been a proponent of Oregon's recycling programs for decades, dating back to the Bottle Bill. My 'no' vote on SB 582 came from a concern of overregulation. My goal on the council will be to help move Oregon forward, to remain competitive, and not overburden Oregon businesses with counterproductive regulations."

Kennemer feels the bill will likely increase the cost of essential goods for Oregon consumers caused by increased costs on businesses and manufacturers. And that it also fails to expand recycling facilities, creating doubts about the efficacy of the program.

The council will be tasked with consulting with the Department of Environmental Quality on the implementation and rulemaking of the program.

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