HB4110 urges divestment

Gov. John Kitzhaber signs HB 4110, a bill introduced by the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland. The bill strongly encourages the Oregon Investment Council to divest from multinational energy companies operating in Iran’s oil and gas sectors. Commenting on the three years of hard work it took to get the bill passed, the governor remarked, “It’s about time!” Standing from left are Michael Selvaggio, representing State Treasurer Ted Wheeler; Jameson Gideon, legislative aide to Rep. Jim Weidner (R); Bob Horenstein, CRC director; Ken Kwartler, co-chair of the CRC’s Israel Advocacy Subcommittee; Sam Katz, U of O law student; and Rep. Val Hoyle (D). The bill’s cosponsors (not pictured) were Democrats Rep. Mitch Greenlick and Sen. Ginny Burdick.

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