Representative Pam Marsh speaks to constituents
Photo credit: Andy Atkinson, Mail Tribune
Jan 2021 — Public Policy


Representative Pam Marsh is leading a bill to legalize human composting in Oregon during the 2021 session. 

Recompose has partnered with Representative Pam Marsh from House District 5 (Southern Jackson County) to bring forward HB 2574 to legalize our process in Oregon. If you live in Oregon, we need your help to demonstrate that this bill is something Oregonians want. Learn more and submit your support here.

This bill would also formalize alkaline hydrolysis (or water cremation) into law as a method of disposition in Oregon. While alkaline hydrolysis  is already allowable under Oregon Administrative Rules, it is not currently in statute, so HB 2574 adds the existing rule to Oregon Revised Statutes.

The bill had its first hearing in the House Business & Professions Committee on Monday, March 1, 2021. You can read the bill and follow its progress here on the Oregon State Legislature’s website: HB2574.  As the session progresses, we will be sure to share updates on the bill with our community via our newsletter.

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