Category Archives: Oregon Legislature

Oregon lawmakers eye more than $3.5 billion in school improvements

A legislative committee that spent the summer and fall combing the state for ways to improve Oregon schools learned Thursday evening how much it would cost to enact all their best ideas: more than $3.5 billion. That staggering sum was not completely unexpected. No one expected Oregon would go for the entire wish list. Source: […]
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Oregon lawmakers get a taste of possible tax hikes in 2019

Democrats in the Oregon Legislature are gearing up to raise billions of dollars in taxes next year to boost school spending and cover ballooning public pension costs. During interim hearings in Salem this week, lawmakers are pulling back the curtain on some of the ideas they might consider. Source: Oregon lawmakers get a taste of […]
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Oregon may require middle, high schoolers undergo annual mental health exams

The pervasiveness of mental health issues and child suicide rates leads Oregon to rank as the worst state in the country for the prevalence of mental illness. And the state’s lack of child psychiatrists and school counselors leaves families waiting for months to get help. Source: Oregon may require middle, high schoolers undergo annual mental health exams

Report: Many changes needed to prevent sexual harassment at Oregon Capitol

The Oregon Legislature needs to make a number of structural and cultural changes to ensure the Capitol building is a workplace free from harassment, according to a commissioned draft final report presented to legislative leaders Thursday. Source: Report: Many changes needed to prevent sexual harassment at Oregon Capitol

Oregon Senate president tags Boquist with cease and desist for hostile conduct

State Sen. Brian Boquist, a Republican from Dallas, has persisted in seeking details about the Legislature’s staff pay, admitting to a “harsh” tone in one communication. Senate President Peter Courtney recently told him to stop. Source: Oregon Senate president tags Boquist with cease and desist for hostile conduct | Salem Reporter

Oregon Lawmakers Mull Big Changes To Death Penalty, No Election Required

Oregon lawmakers and death penalty opponents are considering a roundabout approach at gutting the state’s capital punishment law — without sending it to voters. Since 1984, the death penalty has been enshrined in the Oregon Constitution, meaning it can only be removed by a vote of the people. Source: Oregon Lawmakers Mull Big Changes To […]
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School Success Committee draws up $3 billion wish list

In an effort to put more Oregon students on track to graduate, the Legislature’s Joint Committee on School Success has proposed everything from expanding access to preschool to expanding the school year to 180 days. Source: School Success Committee draws up $3 billion wish list

Hearing At Capitol Shows How Difficult Changing Salem’s Culture Will Be

In the midst of the #MeToo movement, Oregon’s legislative leadership said they were committed to changing the culture of the statehouse in Salem. A hearing at the state Capitol on Thursday provided a glimpse into how difficult that might be. Source: Hearing At Capitol Shows How Difficult Changing Salem’s Culture Will Be

Oregon State Police funding has rare bipartisan support

Brown calls for more troopers, and GOP agrees. Republicans say they will back Gov. Kate Brown’s effort to start rebuilding the Oregon State Police, which today is staffed at the same levels as in 1969, when the state had half the number of residents as today. Many in the GOP oppose portions of Brown’s new […]
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Straw ban, plastic bag tax, gun bill take shape in Salem

The Legislature will consider a statewide tax on plastic bags and a ban on plastic straws. Democrats also plan to introduce a bill that would require gun owners to securely store their weapons using locks. The 2019 legislative session begins in January. Source: Straw ban, plastic bag tax, gun bill take shape in Salem;