Brenda Pace from Bend contacted Representative Whisnant because he has been a strong advocate for programs to address noxious weeds and invasive species. Brenda over one year ago suggested a bill to him which would add “removal of noxious weeds” to the ODOT “adopt a highway” program. After several meetings with Cheryl Howard, “Let’s Pull Together” coordinator; Deschutes County Weed Control Manager, Dan Sherwin, and Brenda; we had a piece of Legislation.
Rep. Whisnant, as the chief co-sponsor, worked with constituent Brenda Pace to pass HB 2424 which includes the removal of noxious weeds in the “Adopt-a-Highway program.” The bill would expand the state’s Adopt-a-Highway program to include the pulling of noxious, habitat-killing weeds as well as picking up litter. This easy change in existing law, Pace, Whisnant and others say, will help save jobs and the environment statewide — at almost no cost to taxpayers. “It gets people involved; it’s volunteerism, that’s what excited me,” said Whisnant, who can’t seem to stop smiling when he talks about the legislation.
The bill passed through the House and the Senate and was signed into law by the Governor in June. It will become effective on January 1, 2010.