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Hansell Bill On Firefighting Liability Signed By Governor

A bill sponsored by 29th District Senator Bill Hansell to make farmers, ranchers, and volunteers immune from civil liabilities was signed by Governor Kate Brown.  Senate Bill 290 was inspired by the 2018 Substation Fire in Wasco and Sherman counties last year.  Hansell calls it a “Good Samaritan” bill to protect the farmers and ranchers who plow fire lines from liability.  Hansell and members of the Oregon Wheat Growers League witnessed the ceremonial signing of the bill by the Governor.  The new law will become effective at the start of next year.