Oregon lawmakers pass gun control bill, one day after Florida massacre

Members of the Oregon House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday that would expand the number of people banned from owning guns because of domestic violence or stalking convictions. More than one lawmaker cried on the House floor while discussing the damage that a raging person can do with a gun. Source: Oregon lawmakers pass gun […]
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Lawmakers push for openness on prescription pricing despite industry opposition

Oregon lawmakers in both parties are pushing a plan to require drug makers to publicly justify big price hikes, and officials say they are charging ahead with legislation despite strong opposition from pharmaceutical companies. If passed, House Bill 4005 would require drug companies to file annual reports with the state outlining price increases of drugs that […]
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97% of sidewalk ramps along Oregon highways violate ADA standards, survey finds

The vast majority of sidewalk ramps along Oregon highways violate standards outlined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a survey found. The Oregon Department of Transportation conducted the audit as part of a settlement with Disability Rights Oregon, which sued the state last year over inadequate curb ramps and crossings. Source: 97% of sidewalk ramps along Oregon highways […]
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For Kruse’s replacement, Republicans mull former lawmaker involved in topless bar controversy

The Oregon Senate needs a new member from Southern Oregon to replace Sen. Jeff Kruse, the Roseburg Republican who resigned in disgrace after he was found to have inappropriately touched many women at the Capitol. One man being vetted for the job, Douglas County commissioner Tim Freeman, also came under a cloud related to his interaction […]
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Dramatic reversal could end career of convicted Oregon trooper

A former state trooper who slapped his 11-year-old son across the face should be banned from Oregon law enforcement for life, a state oversight committee recommended Thursday. “I think that his conduct has demonstrated him unfit,” said Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett, who is a member of the committee. Source: Dramatic reversal could end career […]
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Beaverton School District bans book with sexual themes from some classrooms

Parents and teachers are unhappy with the Beaverton School District’s decision to ban a book from middle school and some high school classrooms and school libraries after a parent complained about themes of sexuality in the book. Source: Beaverton School District bans book with sexual themes from some classrooms

Editorial: Health care amendment carries risk

There’s nothing necessarily wrong with aspirational goals: They say something about what we hope to become. Even if we understand that we might never get to the final goal, we recognize that there’s a measure of valor in the attempt. Oregon is good at coming up with this sort of aspiration; the state, bless its […]
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With the Florida Massacre Still Fresh, the Oregon House Just Approved New Gun Controls

In a country (and state) that’s grown used to refrains of “too soon” after the massacres that occur at regular intervals, a vote in Oregon’s House of Representatives this afternoon came at a poignant time. A day after 17 people were gunned down at a Florida high school, Oregon representatives took up a bill expanding […]
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Legislature should have advanced the puppy-mill bill | Editorial

We’re disappointed the Legislature shelved House Bill 4045, which would have required dogs sold in pet stores to come from animal shelters, humane societies, dog-control districts, or rescues. Despite widespread public support, the Oregon Legislature couldn’t schedule a committee vote by the Feb. 9 deadline, which effectively killed the bill. Source: Legislature should have advanced the […]
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Humans learning to live with elk settling in Warrenton, Oregon

While residents sat at City Hall in early February and asked their mayor what could be done about elk roaming downtown, five young bull elk nibbled grass in front of a house several blocks away. Warrenton isn’t Gearhart, where elk are the bane of a golf course, a protective mother elk once menaced beachgoers and […]
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