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Findley urges more public participation in controversial carbon plan

Lynn Findley, who represents Malheur County in the Oregon House, chats with local residents last summer in Vale. Findley said he believes more public input is needed before lawmakers decide on a carbon emission standard. (The Enterprise/File).

VALE – State Rep. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, said Democratic legislators need to seek more public input on a proposal to slash Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions.

“They’ve not held one public hearing on this. It is a huge process problem,” said Findley last week.

House Bill 2020 would place a cap on Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions. Critics charge the proposal would damage the state economy while supporters assert it would help the environment and curb climate change.

The plan has the support of influential Democratic lawmakers such as House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland and Senate President . . .