In 2007, the Oregon Association of Nurseries and other agricultural interests successfully lobbied the Oregon Legislature for unanimous passage of an anti-metal-theft bill, which all sides regarded as a positive step. But despite this bill, and increased vigilance by the industry, the number of metal thefts against nurseries increased in 2008. In 2009, one can expect a renewed push at the Legislature for more enforcement statewide. Such measures may include tougher penalties, the creation of a new crime (aggravated criminal mischief), new records requirements, a do-not-buy list and more. OAN Director of Government Relations Jeff Stone recently was interviewed on this topic by the Daily Journal of Commerce (Portland, Ore.).
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About Curt Kipp
Curt Kipp is the director of publications and communications at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, and the editor of Digger magazine.