Yesterday three fairly weighty news items came down the pike.
1. Hardy Myers' opinion that Measure 37 claims aren't transferable
The state attorney general issued an opinion Tuesday that exemptions to land-use laws granted by Measure 37 cannot simply be transferred to a new owner, leaving unanswered legal questions about efforts to turn farmland into housing developments.
"If the current owner conveys the property before the new use allowed by the public entity is established, then the entitlement to relief will be lost," Myers wrote in an opinion for Director Lane Shetterly.
That means that property owners who have proposed housing developments under terms of Measure 37 would not be able to sell their property to developers to make improvements but would have to hold on to the property until the changes are finished.
2. Bill introduced to make PGE a state-chartered utility
Three lawmakers plan to introduce a bill that would create a public corporation to run PGE if Texas Pacific Group fails in its bid to buy the utility. The bill would be an alternative to the city of Portland's attempt to gain control of PGE.
3. Karen Minnis throws an early hissy fit (.pdf link)
"There’s no point in the Joint Ways and Means Committee meeting until the Senate Democrats decide to get serious about what revenue we have available," said Speaker Minnis. "They played the same game two years ago, and it kept us in session until late August. They never wanted to talk about how much money we have available to spend, they only wanted to talk about what they wanted to spend and then find the money to pay for it later."
I'm not really sure if that last one was intended as comic relief or not, but we'll take our mirth where we can find it.
[Update: A reader notes that there's a fourth, fairly significant story breaking today: Mo Cheeks got the ax this morning. Thanks BlazerRama!]