Wildfire relief tax exemption bill passes Oregon senate

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon senate voted unanimously to pass a bill that would bring much needed relief to wildfire victims across the state.

Senate Bill 1520 proposes a tax exemption for legal settlements related to wildfires that were declared state and federal emergencies after January 1, 2020.

Southern Oregon senator David Brock Smith says this is an important step for the struggles he sees people face in his district.

“I had constituents in my office the week before last talking about how they did get their insurance settlement, which was barely enough,” Sen. Brock Smith said when addressing the legislature about the bill. “They had built their home up past glide over the past 35 years themselves. The insurance dollars that they received was barely enough to buy a house in town.”

The bill is now in the hands of the House Committee on Revenue.

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Taylar Ansures is a producer and reporter for NBC5 News. Taylar is from Redding, California and went to California State University, Chico. After graduating, she joined KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding as a morning producer. She moved to Southern Oregon in 2022 to be closer to family and became KTVL News 10’s digital producer. Taylar is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing through the University of Denver. In her free time, Taylar frequents independent bookstores and explores hiking trails across Southern Oregon and Northern California.
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