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  • Oregon State Representative, 1965-1990.

About Rep. Hanneman

Rep. Paul Hanneman served in the Oregon House of Representatives for 25 years, from 1965 to 1990. A dory fisherman, boat builder and businessman from Tillamook County, Hanneman represented Tillamook, Yamhill, Washington, Polk and Lincoln counties in the Legislature.

The recording captures Hanneman’s recollections about important environmental legislation in which he played a major role, including the Beach Bill (1967), the Bottle Bill (1971) and the Salmon-Trout Enhancement Act (1981). The Bottle Bill, which Hanneman wrote, created the first legislated beverage-container deposit system. It was enacted as a way to encourage people not to litter, and it was tremendously successful. Before the bill passed, there was “junk all over everywhere,” Paul explains in the recording. “Constituents and other people were pleading for a beverage container law and deposit.”

Toward the end of the video, Paul encourages viewers to get involved. “There’s any number of things you can do to help in the community—and you don’t have to give money. There’s just so much room to work through your school or your church or your civic organization….There’s a place you can go to make a change.”

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When you donate to the Capitol Foundation or purchase Pacific Wonderland license plates for your car, you help create a living history of our Capitol and its history. Your support funds programs such as our oral history project. This program gives students, history buffs and our state’s future leaders an opportunity to learn about Oregon’s most important stories from the people who made it happen. Thank you!