Category Archives: Oregon Legislature

Oregon legislators narrow focus on business tax to raise $2 billion for schools

The Joint Committee on Student Success is expanding discussions on a business tax to raise $2 billion for Oregon schools in the next two years. Source: Oregon legislators narrow focus on business tax to raise $2 billion for schools

Bill to aid Sky Lakes in recruiting physicians passes House

A bill that will aid Sky Lakes Medical Center in attracting physicians to Klamath Falls has passed the state House. HB 2847 passed in a unanimous vote on the House Floor on Monday. The bill was chief-sponsored by Rep. E. Werner Reschke, R-Klamath Falls. Source: Bill to aid Sky Lakes in recruiting physicians passes House […]
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Bills for cross-state licensing still alive

House Bill 2457, one of four “border bills” moving through the Legislature, was heard by the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday. With no opposition, it now awaits further action by the committee. The bill was passed earlier in the House. As written, the bill directs the Department of Education and education license agencies to facilitate […]
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Polluted by Money: How lawmakers could flush corporate money out of Oregon politics

To reduce the share of political money that comes from corporations, lawmakers would need to set low donation limits. Source: Polluted by Money: How lawmakers could flush corporate money out of Oregon politics – oregonlive.com

Lawmakers try to steer ‘bypass’ through new highway districts

Bill could give local governments more power to build road connections they hope would ease traffic, move goods faster. The long debate over a highway cutting across rural Washington County to bypass congestion on roads and freeways has stretched into 2019. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Lawmakers try to steer ‘bypass’ through new highway districts

Editorial: Expand affordable housing program across state

Redmond is in. Bend is in. Every other city in Oregon is out, and the Legislature should change that. The 2016 Legislature created a pilot program effort to ease the state’s affordable housing crunch. Under it, two cities, one large, with a population over 25,000, and one small, would be able to annex land for […]
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Editorial: Legislature shouldn’t pass unfair tax

Employees of businesses with thin profit margins should start worrying about what the Oregon Legislature is scheming to do to their jobs. House Bill 3427 creates a tax that will make it even harder for those businesses to prosper. The Legislature is not going to be able to come up with a tax everyone likes. […]
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Number of large truck crashes hits highest point in at least a decade in Oregon

A local trucking industry leader responded Wednesday after KATU dug up a shocking statistic buried in a presentation to Oregon lawmakers. It says the number of large truck crashes in the state recently hit its highest point in at least a decade. “It doesn’t surprise me that when business is strong and there are lots […]
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Environmental Advocates Are Abandoning an Oregon Ban on Plastic Straws

Amendments to a state-wide law on single use plastic straws cause some supporters to back away. Source: Environmental Advocates Are Abandoning an Oregon Ban on Plastic Straws – Willamette Week

Mortgage Tax Deduction | Women’s Basketball | School Boards – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Should high-income homeowners and people who own more than one home continue to get tax breaks? Some Democratic lawmakers in Salem want to get rid of Oregon’s mortgage interest deduction for people who own second homes and for those who earn more than $250,000 a year. Republicans who oppose the change say it opens the […]
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