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Sen. Hays says his state lands bill likely dead as Senate panel delays action

Sen. Dwight Bullard talks with Sen. Alan Hays prior to the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation meeting Tuesday. During the meeting, Bullard said he was going to vote against Hays' SB 584. Photo by Bruce Ritchie.

A Senate committee on Tuesday delayed action on a bill that would have restricted conservation land-buying by state agencies and local governments, leading the bill sponsor to acknowledge the legislation was dead this session.

SB 584 by Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, faced opposition from environmental groups, cities and counties. The bill initially would have required state agencies, cities and counties to sell an equal amount of land before they could buy more.

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