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Bill would make it easier for police in Oregon with PTSD to get benefits

Senate Bill 507 aims to make the process of applying for workers comp benefits easier for someone with post-traumatic stress disorder. Source: Bill would make it easier for police in Oregon with PTSD to get benefits

Vote on Oregon’s Controversial Forced Opioid Tapering Expected This Week

On Thursday (March 14th), the Oregon Health Authority is going to vote on a proposal that just about everyone who treats chronic pain thinks is a bad idea. Essentially, the proposal would force Oregon Medicaid patients off opioid medications without their consent. Source: Vote on Oregon’s Controversial Forced Opioid Tapering Expected This Week

Key Malheur County bill passes Oregon House

The legislation will increase the number of specialized teaching positions locally along the border with Idaho. Rep. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, sponsored the legislation. Source: Key Malheur County bill passes Oregon House | Malheur Enterprise

Colleges push back against budget cuts

This is the time of year when prospective college students are mulling over their admissions offers. Graduate students are repeating the process. I was admitted to all five graduate programs to which I applied, but without funding. The debt at every one of them would exceed my expected starting salary. I called each program to […]
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Private schools, academies not required to background check staff in Oregon

At public schools, by law teachers and other staff members must undergo criminal background checks. But that’s not the case for private schools and academies in Oregon. After a local piano teacher was arrested for alleged sex abuse, KATU looked into what you can do to help keep your children safe at private facilities. We […]
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Another 300 trees will be removed from Fishermen’s Bend campground due to mass die off

The campground west of Mill City will be closed until April 15 while the dead trees are removed. Source: Another 300 trees will be removed from Fishermen’s Bend campground due to mass die off

Gov. Kate Brown signs legislation raising taxes on health providers

Oregon will use new taxes on health care providers to cover the state’s increasing bill for low-income Oregonians’ health care. Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday approved a six-year tax on hospitals and insurance plans designed to help fund the state’s $950 million Medicaid shortfall. The move is expected to bring in over $430 million. Source: […]
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Ban on clear-cutting proposed for Oregon watersheds

A proposed ban on clear-cutting, pesticide-spraying, road-building and fertilizing in Oregon’s forested watersheds is raising fears of severe disruptions to timber production. Proponents of House Bill 2656 say the prohibitions are needed to protect the quality of drinking water while opponents worry they’d effectively eliminate commercial logging across millions of acres. Source: Ban on clear-cutting […]
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Democratic Lawmakers Propose Ending the Deductibility of Interest on Second Home Mortgages

Proponents say cutting a tax break that primarily benefits upper-income Oregonians could provide funding for affordable housing. Source: Democratic Lawmakers Propose Ending the Deductibility of Interest on Second Home Mortgages

Public can weigh in on bills to tighten dairy regulation in Oregon

Four bills aim to prevent another disaster like Lost Valley Farm, the Oregon dairy that racked up more than 200 environmental violations in two years. Source: Public can weigh in on bills to tighten dairy regulation in Oregon