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

Oregon

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. Thanks to the over 80 Oregonians who wrote in with letters of support, HB 2574 passed successfully out of the House and will be heard in the Senate Committee on Health Care on Monday, April 26. If you’d like to send in a letter of support for future hearings, you can learn more here.

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.

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.

 

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