Another bill would push designated UGB lands through more quickly

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Rep. John Davis, R-Wilsonville, is proposing two bills, one that makes purchasing an Oregon Lottery ticket more palatable, the other that would bring lands more easily into the UGB, in the upcoming legislative session that begins Monday. Rep. John Davis, R-Wilsonville, is betting on two things -- that Oregonians are ready to play a no-lose lottery game, and that a bill immediately bringing almost 2,000 acres into the urban growth boundary will pass muster.

Davis will introduce two bills related to those issues during the upcoming short legislative session, which begins Monday.

The first bill, which Davis refers to as a “silver lining lottery” ensures that participants would never lose money on a ticket.

In theory, the measure would allow lottery players to purchase tickets, say for $10, with the ability to win a lottery prize. If they don’t win, ticket-buyers would get their initial purchase back while the interest revenue earned on pooled ticket revenues would go into an account managed by the Oregon Treasury to pay for administrative expenses, cost of prizes and other expenses.

“Nobody loses their initial principle,” said Davis, who said the goal is to move to creating a savings program.

Davis, an attorney who was elected to Oregon House District 26 in 2012, said the bill has bi-partisan support but there’s only a short window of time to have the bill move forward. Committees will meet perhaps only three or four times during the 35-day session, determining if bills will move forward.

Meanwhile, Davis also is pushing a bill that would stop a delay in implementing expansion of the urban growth boundary, the age-old law design to prevent urban sprawl. Specifically, he wants to move forward on the 1,985 acres Metro brought into the urban growth boundary in 2011, a process that is still unresolved because of legal challenges.

“I have a bill to add some timelines and validations to the decision,” said Davis.

The bill’s summary states that “there is an overdue need for more land to accommodate schools, education, housing and employment needs in the region….”

Davis wants Metro’s decision, which was upheld by the Land Conservation and Development Commission, to stand so that UGB expansion to four areas in Beaverton, Tigard and Hillsboro occurs as soon as possible.

That bill is set to be heard on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 3 p.m.

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