PRESS RELEASE: Dana Jenkins, Lincoln County Clerk, has confirmed validation of the signatures of 1424 Active Registered Voters in Lincoln County who have signed their approval of the initiative petition entitled “Freedom From Aerially Sprayed Pesticides of Lincoln County”. The initiative, which required 1163 valid signatures, has thus now become Measure 21-177 and will be placed on Lincoln County’s May 2017 Special Election ballot.
October 6, 2016 For Immediate Release
Contact: Maria Kraus, email@example.com
Citizens for a Healthy County extends much appreciation to the more than twenty volunteers and supporters who helped to gather signatures to place this measure on the ballot. This was a demonstration of the ability of Oregon citizens to exercise their right to local self-government through the citizens initiative process.
Measure 21-177, if passed, would prohibit aerial spraying of pesticides (includes herbicides) from an aircraft (helicopter, airplane, drone). What qualifies as aerial spraying? Putting it briefly in the words of one of our supporters, “If your feet are on the ground, it is not aerial spraying.” Current laws and regulations permit and protect the practice of aerial spraying of pesticides, threatening our public health, violate our constitutional right to to safety, and interfering with our right of local community self-government.