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Sprenger bill targets masked rioters

State Rep. Sherrie Sprenger, R-Scio, plans to introduce a bill in the upcoming legislative short session that would increase penalties for protesters found to have an intent to start a riot or commit a crime. Under Oregon law, rioting means acting “with five or more other persons … in tumultuous and violent conduct and thereby […]
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Oregon Unemployment Rate Hits 3.7 Percent, Lowest in at Least 44 Years

Rejoice, job seekers. The Oregon unemployment rate hit 3.7 percent in December—the lowest in at least 44 years. Source: Oregon Unemployment Rate Hits 3.7 Percent, Lowest in at Least 44 Years – Willamette Week

OLCC’s drawn out application process a burden to the industry

If you’re intent upon breaking into the Oregon cannabis industry right now, you’ll find the regulatory sledding to be somewhere between tough and impossible. Upon the passage of Oregon Senate Bill 218, signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown on June 17, 2019, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission instituted a moratorium on all new marijuana […]
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Don’t wait for campaign finance reform

Gov. Kate Brown says there’s no hurry to pass campaign finance limits during the 2020 legislative session, preferring to wait for voters to decide in November whether to amend the Oregon Constitution to allow it. In remarks to reporters during a session preview last week, Brown said she has “really strong thoughts” about the issue […]
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Oregon Agency Denies Jordan Cove Permit Extension

The Oregon Department of State Lands has denied a request by the Jordan Cove Energy Project to extend the deadline for a key state permi Pembina – the Canadian company behind the Jordan Cove project – wants to build a 229 mile-long pipeline to a new liquefied natural gas export terminal in Coos Bay, on […]
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Rioting Protesters Wearing Masks Could Face up to 10 Years in Prison Under New Oregon House Bill

The bill proposes to double the number of years a rioter could face in prison and increases potential fines to $250,000. Oregon state Rep. Sherrie Sprenger (R-Scio) introduced a draft bill on Wednesday which would double the criminal penalties for protesters wearing masks during the commission of “riot crimes.” Source: Rioting Protesters Wearing Masks Could Face up […]
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Air Pollution From Oregon Woodstoves Rival That From Wildfires

Wildfires aren’t the only thing threatening air quality in Oregon. Data from the Oregon Environmental Council show that pollution from burning wood in chimneys and woodstoves can rival that from wildfires. Around 12.8 million pounds of harmful particulate matter is emitted from Oregon woodstoves and chimneys each year. Source: Air Pollution From Oregon Woodstoves Rival […]
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Legislative Session Will Be Short But Not All Sweet

The Oregon Legislature will hold a short session this year, with fewer bills on the table than last year. But some — on vaping, prior authorizations and Medicaid reporting — could stir controversy. Request full-text (for State Agency patrons only) Source: Legislative Session Will Be Short But Not All Sweet | The Lund Report

Oregon House Speaker Calls for Homelessness State of Emergency

Speaker of the Oregon House Tina Kotek has introduced a sweeping bill to address the state’s homelessness crisis.   The bill’s key feature is the declaration of a statewide “homelessness state of emergency,” similar to the one currently in place in Portland, which would remove zoning restrictions for the purposes of constructing homeless shelters.   Source: Oregon […]
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Keeping the Home Fires Burning

The City of Bend is changing the rules for cottage clusters, dorm-style group living and quadplexes to address Bend’s housing crisis. The chief underlying cause (of the housing shortage) is the ongoing low levels of new construction this decade. On a population growth-adjusted basis, Oregon built fewer new housing units this decade than we have […]
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