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Oregon got a new attorney general this year for the first time since 1996, and John Kroger’s early tenure has been pretty busy. Over the past, well, 113 days to be exact, he has worked to pass a bill to curb illegal debt collection practices, taken a stand against a proposed LNG terminal on the Columbia River and filed suit against the financial managers of the state’s college savings plan. A few weeks after taking office, Kroger took on the high-profile investigation of Portland Mayor Sam Adams’s conduct in his relationship with Beau Breedlove. And last week, the new attorney general announced his latest effort: a new environmental crimes reporting system and a proposal for a dedicated environmental crimes unit in the Department of Justice.
Kroger is asking the legislature for $500,000 per year for the unit, and an additional $500,000 each year for a civil rights enforcement unit. These big asks come at a time when the legislature has instructed state agencies to cut their budgets.
How have Attorney General Kroger’s actions in his first few months in office affected you? Have you used the new environmental crimes reporting system? Have you ever been charged with an environmental crime? What concerns do you have about Kroger’s approach to prosecuting these crimes?
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