A couple weeks ago, I wrote to Since You Asked about the status of the road-kill bill in the Legislature. I thought your response was pretty clever, with more puns than a normal answer got. But what's happened since then? Has it become law yet?
Gotta tell you, T.C., we were pretty proud of ourselves here at Since You Asked Central for our take on Oregon's pending meals under wheels program, also known as Senate Bill 372.
In fact, we even fielded a call from state Sen. "Road Kill Bill" Hansell, R-Athena, who says he got quite a kick out of how we described his grille-to-grill bill as it was getting traction in the Oregon House.
Well, Oregonians looking to cash in on the bumper crop of roadside deer and elk have only Gov. Kate Brown standing between them and deer-dented cuisine.
Rep. Sal Esquivel, R-Medford, carried the bill to a unanimous yes vote Monday in the House. The Senate passed it unanimously in April.
Senate Bill 372 would require the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to create a wildlife-salvage permit program so people who want to salvage road-killed meat could do so with deer and elk accidentally killed as the result of a collision. Any antlers on male roadkill would have to be surrendered to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the bill calls for roadkill processing only for human consumption.
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