House Bill 3403, co-sponsored by Jack Zika, R-Redmond, Cheri Helt, R-Bend, and Anna Williams, D-Hood River, should have been a no-brainer. Instead, it apparently died in early April when it had failed to meet a deadline for action by the Legislature.
HB 3403 wasn’t complicated, nor, we thought, particularly controversial. It would have required the Oregon Health Authority to give local district attorneys and sheriff’s offices a quarterly list of the addresses of marijuana growers within the county.
It would have barred OHA from including any information other than those addresses, and local agencies would have been barred from using the list for anything but confirmation that there was a legal grow at a specific address.
Being able to check, relatively easily, where legal grow sites are is valuable information for law enforcement to have. Law enforcement should not have to go through the hassle of submitting requests for individual addresses. Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson and District Attorney John Hummel have both expressed concern that the state won’t provide a list of legal medical grow sites in the county.
We don’t really understand why HB 3403 was given the legislative equivalent of a cold shoulder. It never had a hearing or work session or anything else scheduled. No testimony was ever taken, nor, apparently, was any ever submitted.
The death of HB 3403 was a failure of the Legislature.