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Oregon And Washington Lawmakers Consider Statewide Plastic Bag Bans

Lawmakers in both Oregon and Washington are considering bills that would ban single-use plastic bags statewide to reduce plastic pollution. Source: Oregon And Washington Lawmakers Consider Statewide Plastic Bag Bans

Honk if you think 16-year-olds should be allowed to vote

‘Why is something so important such as voting limited to people who are our present and not our future?’ Source: Honk if you think 16-year-olds should be allowed to vote

Capitol interns, staff use lawsuits to slam harassment, hostile environment

Plaintiffs claim legislative leaders failed to protect them against abuse by Roseburg senator. Source: Capitol interns, staff use lawsuits to slam harassment, hostile environment

Groups file lawsuit to stop timber harvest near Springfield

Two local environmental groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday to stop logging on federal land planned as a future recreation area east of Springfield, alleging the timber harvest violates federal law and would increase the risk of wildfire. Source: Groups file lawsuit to stop timber harvest near Springfield

Lowering state voting age to 16 would increase turnout, supporters say

Would lowering the age to vote improve our voting system? Source: Lowering state voting age to 16 would increase turnout, supporters say

Drug pricing bills in Oregon Legislature get first hearing

The first public hearing on a series of bills designed to lower the cost of prescription drugs in Oregon became heated Tuesday afternoon after House Health Committee Chairman Mitch Greenlick pushed representatives from two medical biotechnology organizations on why pharmaceutical companies couldn’t give the state and consumers a 60-day warning on prescription drug price increases. […]
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 Legislative Harassment Leads to Two Lawsuits

The fallout from a blistering investigative report released in January by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries into sexual harassment at the Legislature continued this week with two new lawsuits. Source: Murmurs: Legislative Harassment Leads to Two Lawsuits

After Public Fiasco, Oregon Lawmakers Want to Make Sexual Harassment Complaints Confidential

The Legislature’s attempt to fix its sexual harassment reporting process is off to a rough start. Source: After Public Fiasco, Oregon Lawmakers Want to Make Sexual Harassment Complaints Confidential

National Onion Association leader likes what he sees in Oregon, Idaho

Cooperation, stepped-up marketing, exports among opportunities Source: National Onion Association leader likes what he sees in Oregon, Idaho

Oregon Legislature Treads Carefully Toward Pricing Carbon

Oregon lawmakers are taking up legislation that would make Oregon the second state after California to adopt an economy-wide cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emissions. Source: Oregon Legislature Treads Carefully Toward Pricing Carbon