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Oregon Senate Republicans’ walkout could kill hundreds of bills

Oregon lawmakers took the first step this week toward passing a far-reaching family and medical leave insurance plan that was years in the making and could impact the lives of workers across the state. “At some of the most difficult stressful times of their lives, when the people they love need them the very most, […]
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Multnomah County leader calls planned state mental health cuts ‘devastating’

Lawmakers in control of the state budget are eyeing multimillion-dollar cuts to county mental health care programs, reductions that advocates and other legislators say are hypocritical and harmful — and based upon flawed assumptions. Source: Multnomah County leader calls planned state mental health cuts ‘devastating’ –

State seeks U.S. Supreme Court review of ruling that overturned 67-year sentences for 15-year-old brothers who killed elderly couple

The state Department of Justice also wants the nation’s high court to review the Oregon brothers’ sentence along with another case before the U.S. Supreme Court involving D.C. sniper Lee Malvo, who was 17 when he and John A. Muhammad, in the fall of 2002 killed 10 people in sniper attacks in Virginia, Maryland and […]
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States’ push to legalize sports betting differs by region

In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for every state to legalize sports betting , a regional divide has opened as states decide whether to expand their gambling options. By year’s end, legalization is possible in a dozen states in the Northeast and Midwest. But most states in the Deep South […]
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Senate Republican walkout continues Monday

A legislation-stalling walkout by the 11 Republicans in the Oregon Senate continued Monday, with no end in sight. The political standoff over a massive bill to regulate carbon emissions has drawn attention from national political figures and media outlets. Source: Senate Republican walkout continues Monday –

Jury finds in favor of former Oregon prison doctor, who was accused of sexually abusing 3 inmates

A federal jury on Friday found in favor of a former doctor at the state women’s prison who had been accused in a civil lawsuit of sexually abusing three inmates during exams in 2016. The jurors returned the verdict after about two hours of deliberation following three days of testimony in a trial before U.S. […]
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Massive DHS data breach raises questions about Oregon’s cybersecurity protocols

The massive DHS breach raised an even bigger question for everyone else: What are state officials doing to protect the information stored on government computers about virtually everyone in Oregon? Source: Massive DHS data breach raises questions about Oregon’s cybersecurity protocols –

Kicked to the curb: How the state failed fragile mentally ill Oregonians

Mary’s guardian all but predicted the suicide attempt. Mary, 67, had lived for six years at a locked facility in Medford, where she received close supervision from trained staff for her schizoaffective disorder. But last year, the state of Oregon said Mary no longer needed such intensive care and must move out. Source: Kicked to […]
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How Oregon Senate Republicans could pay walkout expenses and fines: Campaign cash

If Senate Republicans want to indemnify themselves from $500 daily fines for walking out on the 2019 Legislature, they might have one easy solution: using campaign money. Democratic leaders say they plan to dock the money from the absent lawmakers’ paychecks, using their constitutional authority to compel lawmakers to attend the Legislature. Source: How Oregon […]
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Oregon Senate Republicans are a no-show at Sunday floor session

Oregon Senate Republicans continued their boycott of the Legislature during a floor session Sunday. “We’re not gonna get a quorum,” Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, said, before gaveling out until 10 a.m. Monday. Source: Oregon Senate Republicans are a no-show at Sunday floor session –