Legislation Prioritizes Local Paper Products in Contracting
Provided by Co-Speaker Arnie Roblan
SALEM—A committee in the Oregon House of Representatives yesterday considered HB 4142, a bill that would allow state agencies to buy paper from local paper mills. The bill, sponsored by Co-Speaker of the House Rep. Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay), directs agencies to give a preference to paper made in Oregon when bidding out contracts.
“Paper mills along the Oregon coast play a vitally important role in the region’s economy,” said Roblan. “By allowing the state to use paper directly from Oregon mills, we can keep good paying, family wage jobs on the coast, and create momentum towards economic recovery.”
In 2011, the Oregon Legislature enacted HB 3000, which allows a contracting agency to pay up to 10% more for goods fabricated or processed in Oregon. House Bill 4142 would add to the help that HB 3000 provides by adding a preference in contracts specifically for recycled paper made at an Oregon mill. “We can’t ship our jobs and our tax dollars to China. This common sense law will stand up for Oregon workers and Oregon businesses first and help keep our mills open.”” said Roblan. “Supporting paper mills through state contracts will continue the work we’re doing to create a better economic future for families on the coast. By standing up for our local mills, we’re standing shoulder to shoulder with Oregon’s middle class families. We’re not going to stand by and let good jobs get shipped to China.”
House Bill 4142 now awaits a work session in the House committee.