Oregonians In Action

Oregonians In Action is a non-partisan, non-profit organization representing Oregon home and property owners. As Oregon’s largest property owners association, our mission is to defend the right of private property owners to make use of their property. At the legislature, through the courts and at the ballot box, working with the media and through our many educational efforts, OIA works to change Oregon’s broken land-use system, a system unlike any in the United States.

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This is a great floor speech from Rep. Mike McLane. The bill being discussed is House Bill 3202, which allows Tri-Met to ignore state and local land use laws in order to develop a light-rail line through Portland and Tigard. It’s another example of how Oregon land use laws favor some, and disfavor individual property owners, especially in rural areas. Big thanks to Rep. McLane for saying what needs to be said.


HB 2785:

Here’s a nice article in the Capital Press about HB 2785, a bill that we were asked to prepare for Jesse Bounds, a Lane County farmer who was told by the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) that he had to get a wetland fill permit to replace his agricultural building that burnt down in a fire. HB 2785 will fix Jesse’s problem and ensure that every property owner in EFU or forest zones won’t have to worry about obtaining a wetland permit from DSL on property that the county has allowed them to develop. Working with Oregon Farm Bureau, we’ve crafted a dandy little bill, a good highlight from this session.


Looking Forward: Volume 23 Issue 2


Senate Bill 1588 Testimony

Here is Dave Hunnicutt’s testimony on behalf of OIA on Senate Bill 1588, the bill that would allow 8 Eastern Oregon counties to opt out of compliance with LCDC goals and regulations. Although the bill won’t pass this session, we’re making good progress on this issue, and look forward to getting something done in the legislature in the long session next year.


bill moshofsky

William James “Bill” Moshofsky
(1923 – 2016)

William ‘Bill’ James Moshofsky, 92 – (March 30, 1923 ~ March 16, 2016) A true gentleman, Bills sincerity made people re- member him as one of the kindest men they’d ever known. An honest, highly intelligent man with impeccable integrity, Bill made one feel like the most important person in the room. Although he was passionate about his political views, Bill was also open-minded about other viewpoints.

William Moshofsky, known affectionately as Bill, passed away March 16, 2016, at home surrounded by his family. Born in Beaverton to Edward and Sophia Moshofsky, third of seven children, Bill credited being raised on a farm during the Depression with preparing him for life. Bill attended McKinley grade school and graduated from Beaverton High School, University of Oregon and University of Oregon Law School, all with honors. Serving as an infantry officer in World War II, his heroic efforts under fire in Germany led to a Bronze Star Medal for his unrelenting vigor and enthusiasm, as cited in his Bronze Star award. He was recalled to service during the Korean conflict as a Judge Advocate General officer.

Bill enjoyed a long and successful career, beginning with his work as an attorney. He applied his law expertise during his 23 years at Georgia-Pacific, many of those as vice president for government affairs, environment and transportation. Upon retirement from Georgia-Pacific, Bills love for his country and his desire to make a difference pushed him to run for U.S. Congress in 1982 and 1984. Following that, he was a partner in Moshofsky, DiLorenzo and Dietz law firm. Never one to slow down, Bill tirelessly devoted his time and talents to Oregonians in Action beginning in 1989. During his years at OIA, he served in a variety of capacities, helping thousands of Oregonians address private property rights concerns.

Over his lifetime, Bill was also active in many professional, civic and business organizations. A longtime toastmaster at the Arlington Club, where he was a member, Bill also belonged to the Multnomah Athletic Club. It was important to Bill to share his passion for leaving the world a better place. To that end, he wrote and published two books, “Regulatory Overkill,” focused on land use issues and “My Life.”

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy; children, Brett (Sue), Sally (John Purcell), Mike (Betsy) and Mary Newman (Allen); many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and brothers, Art and Gerry. He was predeceased by his wife, Peggy, who passed away in 2003 (mother of Brett, Sally and Mike); wife, Nell, who died in 1956 (mother of Mary); brothers, Ed and Dick; and sisters, Vange and Betty.

A celebration of life is planned for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Multnomah Athletic Club. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Oregonians in Action.


Why White House Economists Worry About Land-Use Regulations:

White House economic advisers have produced a steady diet of white papers this year to spotlight the puzzle of sluggish productivity, which economists want a better handle on because it helps explain why incomes for the broad middle class aren’t rising. Their latest target: land-use restrictions.

Housing is growing less affordable because there’s more demand for rental and, increasingly, owner-occupied housing, but little new supply. This hasn’t been a problem until recently—there’s been a considerable backlog of foreclosures and other vacant homes following last decade’s property bust. Throughout the housing slump, policy makers have focused on boosting demand by keeping mortgage rates low and expanding access to credit. (read more…)

Oregonians in Action’s Hunnicutt still pursuing land-use reforms:

A decade ago, Oregonians in Action and its highly quotable executive director, David Hunnicutt, seemingly were in the thick of every important issue involving the rights of property owners.

The group, then based in Tigard, had just sponsored Measure 37, the voter-approved initiative that rolled back many of the central tenets of Oregon’s groundbreaking statewide land-use laws. (read more …)

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