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My View: VW deceit shows need for cap and trade

It is worth shining a light on VW since their behavior paints a stark picture as to the lengths corporations will go to try and circumvent environmental regulations. For the better part of a decade, VW intentionally deceived regulators and the American public. As someone who has fought for smart environmental policy inside and outside […]
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Morgan switches up role with secretary of state

The 27-year-old registered Democrat also serves as a Troutdale City Councilor. More than a year into his role as the Oregon secretary of state’s first Citizen Outreach and Inclusion Coordinator, Larry Morgan will still work for the agency, but on a contract basis. Source: Morgan switches up role with secretary of state

Oregon Senate approves new consumer protections after Equifax data breach

Spurred by last year’s massive Equifax data breach, the Oregon Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to stiffen protections for consumers when their sensitive information is stolen. The high-profile Equifax breach, which reportedly affected 143 million Americans, including 1.7 million Oregonians, was just one of 1,579 data breaches nationwide in 2017 — a record high, according to […]
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Gov. Brown urges senators to restrict gun ownership by abusers, stalkers

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard more than an hour of testimony Tuesday on Gov. Kate Brown’s proposed gun control law that has already passed the House. Brown testified in favor of her proposal, House Bill 4145, which would close the so-called “boyfriend loophole.” Oregon has for years banned convicted domestic abusers and stalkers from owning […]
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Senate Democrats jettison business tax reforms and low and middle-income breaks from tax plan

Oregon lawmakers’ response to the federal tax overhaul no longer contains tax cuts for low and middle-income wage earners and reforms to the state’s own business tax break, after Senate Democrats removed those provisions on Tuesday. Source: Senate Democrats jettison business tax reforms and low and middle-income breaks from tax plan

New sea lion wrinkle in the Willamette River threatens sturgeon

Oregon biologists attempting to save the Willamette River’s sharply declined winter steelhead run are facing a new twist in their vexing battle against fish-hungry sea lions at Willamette Falls. The river has seen an unusual influx this winter of large, sturgeon-eating Steller sea lions. Source: New sea lion wrinkle in the Willamette River threatens sturgeon

Drug price transparency bill passes another hurdle in Oregon Legislature

A bill to require drug manufacturers to justify price hikes for expensive prescription drugs passed another hurdle Tuesday. An amended version of House Bill 4005, which has bipartisan sponsors, passed the Transportation and Economic Development Subcommittee and heads next to the full Joint Committee on Ways and Means. Source: Drug price transparency bill passes another […]
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Legislature 2018: Oregon House passes CCO transparency bill

Please contact the State Library for access to this premium story from the Portland Business Journal or 503-378-8800. The Oregon House passed a bill requiring coordinated care organizations serving the state’s Medicaid population to open meetings of their governing bodies to the public. House Bill 4018 passed on a vote of 32 to 26 […]
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OWRD, KWUA talk drought for Project water users

  The mood was calm but somber Tuesday afternoon as Klamath Project irrigators gathered to learn more about the impact of drought conditions in the Klamath Basin from Oregon Water Resources Department and Klamath Water Users Association staff at the Klamath County Fairgrounds. Source: OWRD, KWUA talk drought for Project water users

Oregon’s Effort to Bring Fast Internet to “Digital Dust Bowls” Has Hit a Roadblock

Rural telecom providers hit the roof. How hard will the governor push back? Alex Petit’s first gambit to fix Oregon’s woeful internet service worked. On his second try, he awoke a slumbering yeti. Source: Oregon’s Effort to Bring Fast Internet to “Digital Dust Bowls” Has Hit a Roadblock