Oregon Governor to sign low-carbon fuel program extension into law 

Source: By Denis Theriault, Portland Oregonian • Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2015

In a test of Republican threats, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) has said she will sign contested legislation to extend Oregon’s low-carbon fuels program.

Republican lawmakers have said they would kill a transportation revenue-raising bill if the fuels program is extended.

Speaking to the editorial board of Eugene’s The Register-Guard on Monday, Brown said she was confident that legislators could still find a compromise on the transportation bill.

In addition to being controversial, the low-carbon fuel bill has also been caught up in scandal recently, as former Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) had been a big advocate for the extension. Kitzhaber stepped down last month following allegations that his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, an environmental consultant, had profited from her connection to him.

The low-carbon fuel bill narrowly passed the House on March 4 after five hours of debate. Brown has until Monday to sign it.