Business & economy

Lawmakers OK Malheur County bills to open up more housing and retain local jobs

Legislation approved by the Oregon Legislature will allow, under very specific circumstances, construction of houses on low-grade farmland in Malheur County. (The Enterprise file)

VALE – More housing will be available on marginal farmland and local government agencies will have to favor Malheur County residents when filling jobs after action by the Legislature last week.

Senate Bill 16 could provide up to 100 new homes on land now restricted to farming while House Bill 2026 is designed to require government employers to give “preference to residents who live inside . . .