Oregon and Montana lawmakers are considering bills that aim to ease their states into a western region carbon trading market under the Western Climate Initiative. They join Washington state, according to Patrick Cummins, Western Governors\u2019 Association project manager for the initiative. That state is circulating draft cap-and-trade legislation for comment (Circuit, Jan. 23, 2009). \u201cThe effects of global warming have serious implications for Oregon\u2019s economy and environment,\u201d said Oregon governor Theodore Kulongoski in a statement earlier this month outlining his legislative priorities. At Kulongoski\u2019s request, the state Senate is considering SB 80, a bill that would require the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to set up a carbon cap-and-trade system. A state task force would be formed to help design the state market system, which would sunset if federal cap-and-trade legislation is passed. The market would take effect in 2012 under the bill. Kulongoski said that the bill is aimed at allowing Oregon to participate in the regional trading system being formed through western carbon initiative. The governor advanced the bill along with others calling for greenhouse gas rules to cut emissions from motor vehicles and power plants. In the Montana Legislature, Representative Mike Phillips (D-Bozeman) introduced a greenhouse gas bill for his state--HB 254. It would set the stage for a carbon market by requiring the hundred largest greenhouse gas emitters in Montana to quantify and report their emissions. It also would require the state\u2019s Board of Environmental Review to issue a report by 2010 on how to cap those emissions. The bill is set for hearing February 2 by the Natural Resources Committee in the state\u2019s lower legislative chamber. To advance a regional carbon market, WCI\u2019s Cummins said states intend to issue a work plan for the coming year in the next couple of weeks. After developing a conceptual framework for such a market last year, Cummins said, WCI plans to get into the nitty-gritty of market design issues this year.