Ore. lawmakers consider gold dredging moratorium

Associated Press: A bill to put a five-year moratorium on using suction dredges to mine for gold in key salmon streams is moving through the Oregon Legislature. By a 3-2 vote Wednesday night, the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee referred the bill (SB 838) to the Joint Ways and Means Committee for further consideration. Co-sponsor Sen. Alan Bates, a Medford Democrat, says new federal permit requirements in Idaho and a state moratorium in California are pushing thousands of small-scale gold miners......

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