2 Oregon lawmakers demoted for rude behavior

Two Oregon lawmakers were demoted Thursday following complaints of disrespectful and rude behavior. House Speaker Tina Kotek removed Rep. Mitch Greenlick as chairman of the House Committee on Health Care. She also booted the Portland Democrat off the House Conduct Committee. Source: 2 Oregon lawmakers demoted for rude behavior

Foster youth lobby Oregon lawmakers to expand independent living program

With Oregon’s Legislature back in session, hundreds of dark-suited lobbyists are cycling through lawmakers’ offices in the Capitol to press for their clients’ interests. The session also draws citizen advocates to the Capitol, among them young people who’ve spent time in Oregon’s foster system. Source: Foster youth lobby Oregon lawmakers to expand independent living program

Oregon labor and business alliance calls for $2B business tax increase

In a presentation to the legislative subcommittee tasked with devising a way to raise huge amounts of new money for K-12 schools, members of the Coalition for the Common Good made it clear they would prefer a so-called gross receipts tax, which would be calculated based on businesses’ sales. Source: Oregon labor and business alliance […]
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Motorcycle lane-splitting bill reignites debate over safety concerns

A proposal to allow motorcyclists to ride between lanes past stop-and-go traffic on Oregon highways and freeways is back in the spotlight in Salem. The Joint Committee on Transportation held a public hearing on the so-called lane-splitting bill Wednesday night. Source: Motorcycle lane-splitting bill reignites debate over safety concerns

Nearly 70 people diagnosed with measles in Oregon, Washington outbreak

The number of people with measles in Clark County continues to climb. Public health officials have identified 69 people between Oregon and Washington. Source: Nearly 70 people diagnosed with measles in Oregon, Washington outbreak

Polluted by Money

-How corporate cash corrupted one of the greenest states in America- Oregon once aimed to be the greenest state in America. Its leaders adopted the nation’s first bottle deposit. They controlled urban sprawl. They declared ocean beaches public property. Source: Polluted by Money

Some of Oregon’s most exclusive neighborhoods could dodge state’s bid to ban single-family zoning

The bill would allow duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes in most single-family neighborhoods, but it could be undercut by restrictive deed covenants, some dating back a hundred years. Source: Some of Oregon’s most exclusive neighborhoods could dodge state’s bid to ban single-family zoning

Oregon lawmakers Rep. Bill Post, Rep. Mitch Greenlick demoted for rude behavior

A leader of the Oregon Legislature demoted two lawmakers on Thursday for disrespectful and rude behavior as the statehouse struggles to make itself a more respectful workplace. Rep. Mitch Greenlick, a Portland Democrat, called a pharmaceutical lobbyist “stupid” during a health care committee hearing Tuesday on a drug pricing bill. Source: Oregon lawmakers Rep. Bill […]
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Sound off about cap and trade: State lawmakers holding public hearing Friday in Springfield

Oregon lawmakers will be in Springfield Friday to hold a public hearing about a potential law to decrease industrial greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to combat the effects of climate change. Source: Sound off about cap and trade: State lawmakers holding public hearing Friday in Springfield

Oregon School Leaders Consider Tighter Oversight In Wake Of Audit

As Oregon legislators look to spend more on public schools, Gov. Kate Brown met with school leaders to tighten financial oversight following a tough state audit. Source: Oregon School Leaders Consider Tighter Oversight In Wake Of Audit