On April 13, 2016, the Lincoln County Circuit Court affirmed that an initiative filed by Citizens of a Healthy County banning aerial spraying of pesticides in Lincoln County is in compliance with Oregon Statutes regulating the initiative process. The initiative would also guarantee the right of local community self-government in Lincoln County in order to enforce that ban.
Communities across the state face a range of Environmental harms and threats to their health from aerial pesticide spraying, building of an LNG pipeline, public water extraction, coal and oil trains, etc. By banning aerial pesticide spraying, we will be protecting our county’s soil, air, and water. Lincoln County citizens will be advancing the right to local community self-government in order to secure the rights of the people, the community, and nature to be protected against activities that violate those rights, putting their safety at risk.
The initiative now faces one more legal hurdle. There is a challenge to the ballot title alleging that it is unfair and insufficient. The ballot title was drafted by the District Attorney, in compliance with regulations. Citizens for a Healthy County is optimistic that this lawsuit will be resolved quickly to allow for collection of the necessary number of voters’ signatures to place this initiative on the November 2016 ballot.
The goal of Citizens for a Healthy County/Lincoln County Community Rights is to make democracy legal where we live.
Let the people decide.