Category Archives: Oregon Legislature

Editorial: Universal coverage plan needs proof it would work

State Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, is nothing if not persistent. In his 15 years in the Oregon Legislature, he’s pushed doggedly to make universal health care a right in the state’s constitution and failed. That doesn’t mean he’s ready to give up. Source: Editorial: Universal coverage plan needs proof it would work;

Editorial: We need to talk about big-picture education reforms

Oregon is failing its public school students. We’ve known this for years. Talking about it hasn’t helped. Occasional infusions of cash from the Legislature have only been hindered by budget cuts in subsequent years. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Editorial: We need to talk about big-picture education reforms

Oregon’s Constitution Has Shackled Portland’s $258 Million Housing Bond

  Now, state lawmakers say they have the key. Last Friday, local officials and well-wishers packed into a wedding tent in the Lloyd District to crow about Portland’s largest affordable housing development in decades. Source: Oregon’s Constitution Has Shackled Portland’s $258 Million Housing Bond

101 petitioners float alternative funding plan

Legislators propose broadening the tax base to pay for rising Oregon Health Plan costs. Two state lawmakers behind next week’s special election say they’ve found a new way to pay for Medicaid. Source: 101 petitioners float alternative funding plan

Editorial: Proposed bill would protect intellectually disabled parents

A proposed bill would provide additional protections to Oregon parents with intellectual disabilities. Legislative Concept 106 would revise current law, requiring a judge to identify dangerous actions and behaviors to justify removing children from parents with disabilities. Source: Editorial: Proposed bill would protect intellectually disabled parents;

Capitol Roundup: Fires, Facebook and fight over Medicaid

Legislature has intermission between busy times. Lawmakers cleared out of the Capitol this week, though it’s more of an intermission between releasing “legislative concepts” last week and the Feb. 5 start of the 2018 legislative session. In between is the special election on Tuesday. Not much of a political “off-season. Source: Capitol Roundup: Fires, Facebook […]
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Buehler files bills to reform Oregon Health Authority, CCOs

Rep. Knute Buehler, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor, introduced two bills that he says will correct mismanagement at the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s Medicaid program, and take the coordinated care organizations to the next level. House Bill 4125 would require the Oregon Health Authority to recover an estimated $70 million improperly […]
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Greenlick Renews Call for Transparency and Accountability for State CCOs

House Speaker Tina Kotek is confident that some of the key changes that she and Rep. Mitch Greenlick want for the state Medicaid system will pass in February, despite their defeat in 2017. Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, and House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, are reintroducing legislation that will provide greater daylight and accountability in the […]
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Voting Center | Crab Fishery | Carbon Pricing Plans – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Multnomah County Elections Director Tim Scott joins us to talk about who’s using the new Voting Center Express that just opened in Gresham. This year’s Dungeness crab season in Oregon and Washington has been significantly delayed. It was pushed back from Dec. 1 to Jan. 15 due to the fact that the crabs needed to fill out […]
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Irrigators aim to restore transfers among reservoirs 

Irrigators aim to restore transfers of stored water among reservoirs and to instream uses in Oregon with an upcoming bill. Oregon water regulators have apparently stopped allowing the transfer of stored water among reservoirs, which irrigators hope will be rectified with upcoming legislation. Source: Irrigators aim to restore transfers among reservoirs – Water – Capital […]
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