Author Archives: Sarah Pearson

2017 total solar eclipse: Ground zero in Lincoln County braces for crowds and road rage

One estimate for north Lincoln City alone puts the number of eclipse visitors at 40,000, which is more than 10 times the 3,500 visitors the area usually sees on a busy summer weekend. Source: 2017 total solar eclipse: Ground zero in Lincoln County braces for crowds and road rage | OregonLive.com

Oregon Legislature orders 17 high hazard dams to develop emergency plans

Ninety-two million gallons of water sits in Franzen Reservoir, just above the small town of Turner. City administrator David Sawyer knows where the water would rush first if the reservoir’s dam failed – into a neighborhood of 40 to 50 homes. Source: Oregon Legislature orders 17 high hazard dams to develop emergency plans

New Oregon law means life sentences for second-strike sex offenders

Repeat rapists and certain sex offenders can now be given a “two strikes and you’re out” ticket to life in prison under a bill recently passed by the Oregon Legislature. Source: New Oregon law means life sentences for second-strike sex offenders

Hemp legislation died despite lack of opposition, hefty price tag

Without the bills, OSU won’t be able to provide extension services to hemp growers. Bills that aimed to bring industrial hemp into the mainstream of Oregon agriculture have died despite lacking strong opposition or a hefty price tag. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Hemp legislation died despite lack of opposition, hefty price tag

Term limits would remove 25 legislators from office

Analysis by the lawyer for SEIU Oregon State Council shows Democrats and Republicans would lose significant number of lawmakers under Initiative Petition 19. Voter approval of a proposal to enact term limits for state lawmakers would instantly wipe out nearly one-third of the Oregon Legislature membership, according to analysis by a lawyer for SEIU Oregon […]
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Lininger appointed to Clackamas County Circuit Court

State lawmaker from Lake Oswego says her courtroom will be a place of fairness and dignity Oregon State Rep. Ann Lininger, D-Lake Oswego, has been appointed by Gov. Kate Brown to serve as a judge on the Clackamas County Circuit Court. Brown announced the appointment in a news release Tuesday evening, and Lininger confirmed it […]
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My View: Could nonprofits replace cut services?

Oregon has close to 20,000 registered nonprofits, which make significant contributions to the economic, social, and environmental future of the state. They provide crucial public services in a wide range of areas: direct service or care to our most needy residents, protection of animals and the environment, and employment for around 200,000 Oregonians. Source: Pamplin […]
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OHA rules against health service group

Planned Wilsonville psychiatric hospital is denied a required certificate of need by Oregon Health Authority Oregon Health Authority denied NEWCO Oregon’s request for a certificate of need Thursday, July 6, meaning the company can’t move forward at this time with its proposed 100-bed inpatient psychiatric facility in Wilsonville. Source: Pamplin Media Group – OHA rules […]
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Provider tax referral could put $333 million in play

If the referral makes it to the ballot, the parts of the law in question wouldn’t go into effect unless voters approve. If a trio of Republican lawmakers is successful in referring a major state health care financing law to the ballot, at least $333 million in state revenue could be at stake. Source: Pamplin […]
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Legislators Celebrate Achievements, Fret About Big Money’s Influence

Even as Democratic lawmakers celebrate new laws providing healthcare to immigrant kids and raising the age of purchasing tobacco, a continued fight over the provider tax dampens enthusiasm over the 2017 session. Source: Legislators Celebrate Achievements, Fret About Big Money’s Influence | The Lund Report