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Sustainable Society:  A society that balances the environment, other life forms, and human interactions over an indefinite time period.








1995 Regular Session


Senate Resolution 1

Sponsored by Senator TROW; Senators BRADBURY, CEASE, DWYER, McCOY (at the request of M. Boyd Wilcox; David D. Kliewar; Scott C. Stouder; Jim Noel; Allen Troop; Janet Throop)



(The following summary is not prepared by the sponsors of the measure and is not part of the body thereof subject to consideration by the Legislative Assembly. It is an editor's brief statement of the essential features of the measure as introduced.)

Endorses proposal to form national commission to study population issues and formulate long-range public policy for achieving optimum sustainable population.


Whereas many of the conflicts in the State of Oregon arising from diverse approaches and philosophies regarding natural resource use, property rights, education, crime, housing, employment, water and land use and development are magnified or indirectly affected by pressures brought to bear by a growing population; and

Whereas our state is not alone in its struggle to cope with population growth; and

Whereas no single state is in a position to determine national policy regarding population, nor can any state formulate its own policy apart from national concerns; and

Whereas the United States does not now have a comprehensive population policy designed to achieve a secure future, nor does the Federal Government have a deliberative body dedicated to serious debate or implementation of a plan of action regarding the impact of population on our future; and

Whereas proponents of a National Optimum Population Commission propose that such commission be appointed by the Vice President of the United States to analyze and debate the question "What is our optimum population?"; and

Whereas after a three- to five-year period of gathering information, the commission would summarize its findings and propose noncoercive educational, legislative and public policy initiatives to place the United States on the path, during a transition period lasting from 100 to 125 years, toward achieving an optimum sustainable population; now

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the State of Oregon:

THAT WE, THE MEMBERS OF THE SENATE of the Sixty-eighth Legislative Assembly, endorse the proposal to form a National Optimum Population Commission.


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