Backlog of bills in Oregon House reaches epic proportions

The backlog of bills scheduled for a vote on the floor of the Oregon House has gotten so big, it would take nearly 24 hours of non-stop reading to catch up. And that doesn’t include the amount of time lawmakers will take to debate the measures. For several weeks, House Republicans have refused to waive […]
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Bill to allow more leeway for young offenders passes out of committee, heads to Oregon House 

Democratic lawmakers on the committee endorsed the bill, calling changes to how the state treats juvenile accused of the most serious crimes overdue. A controversial bill that would end the automatic referral of juveniles facing Measure 11 charges to adult court passed out of the Oregon House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and now heads to […]
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Oregon included in states suing over rule allowing clinicians to refuse abortions

The suit asks a judge to declare the rule unconstitutional and say it was passed in an arbitrary and capricious manner. Source: Oregon included in states suing over rule allowing clinicians to refuse abortions

Bill To Alter Juvenile Sentencing Rules In Oregon Cleared For Final Vote

Senate Bill 1008 has become the highest-profile criminal justice bill of the Oregon Legislative session. It will need to clear a high bar to pass. Source: Bill To Alter Juvenile Sentencing Rules In Oregon Cleared For Final Vote

Oregon lawmakers move PERS bill, paring employee hits and adding sports betting to cut pension costs

Democratic leaders’ plan to reduce public employers’ pension costs moved out of committee Tuesday after some significant amendments, including a plan to use sports betting revenues from the Oregon Lottery to address the pension funds’ $27 billion deficit. Source: Oregon lawmakers move PERS bill, paring employee hits and adding sports betting to cut pension costs

Pension reform plan advances, kicker rebate not targeted

A plan to rein in the growing costs of Oregon’s public pension system was sent to the Senate floor Tuesday after passing two key committees. But Democratic leaders face a stiffer battle before the full chamber, where some members of their own party are recoiling at the idea of dipping into employee benefits to help […]
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Editorial: Here’s what one-party rule really means

Oregon’s House and Senate are dominated by Democrats. There’s nothing particularly wrong with that so long as those in power don’t use their advantage to ride roughshod over those with whom they disagree. But that’s exactly what could happen with Senate Bill 761, and an amendment to the measure would only make matters worse. Source: […]
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Guest column: Oregon shouldn’t get its drugs from Canada

As neighbors in the Pacific Northwest, Canada and Oregon have much in common. We once even shared a common land, until the Oregon Treaty of 1846 established the U.S.-Canadian border, settling a long-standing dispute. We now find ourselves again in a dispute over boundaries, as Oregon politicians attempt to raid the Canadian prescription drug supply, […]
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Southern Oregon employment growth trends keep up with state average

The State of Oregon Employment Department has released the figures for employment in Jackson and Josephine Counties for April 2019. Seasonal gains in leisure and hospitality boosted total employment in Jackson County, with a rise of 820 jobs in April. Leisure and hospitality account for 370 of those jobs, and another 250 jobs were added […]
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Oregon Senate Passes Bill Limiting State Death Penalty

A proposal to pare down Oregon’s death penalty law is moving forward, after being approved by the state Senate on Tuesday. With little fanfare — and zero debate — what some regard as the most meaningful effort to curtail the death penalty in recent memory passed in an 18-9 vote that largely stuck to party lines. Source: […]
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