Category Archives: Oregon Legislature

Senate passes bill to raise smoking age to 21

The bill by Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Beaverton, now heads to the House of Representatives, where it has bipartisan support. The Oregon Senate has passed a bill to raise the smoking age to 21. If the House concurs, Oregon would become the third state in the nation to prohibit the sale of tobacco to people […]
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Legislative update: Bill limiting antibiotics for farm animals creates rural-urban divide 

An Oregon Senate committee last week heard arguments about a bill that would limit antibiotic use in farm animals. Source: Legislative update: Bill limiting antibiotics for farm animals creates rural-urban divide | Oregon Politics | nrtoday.com

 Oregon lawmakers consider banning livestock discrimination

Legislator says species-specific restrictions seem to run against Oregon’s ‘right to farm’ laws. An incident of prejudice against pigs near the state capital has Oregon lawmakers contemplating a broader prohibition against livestock discrimination. A landowner in West Salem is facing a prohibition against raising pigs on properties smaller than 10 acres due to a species-specific […]
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Our View: Bill would help snuff out teen smoking

The Oregon Senate’s vote to raise the legal tobacco age to 21 probably won’t do much about 18- to 20-year-olds who are already smokers, but it will make it harder for teenagers to start. Senate Bill 754 passed 19-8 on Thursday. Source: Our View: Bill would help snuff out teen smoking – Opinion – MailTribune.com […]
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Warrenton wants Port’s help with levee money

Kujala hopeful about state funds Warrenton is hoping the state will help fund a geotechnical study as part of the city’s efforts to federally certify the levees separating the city from Youngs Bay and the Columbia River. Source: The Daily Astorian

Editorial: Reworking Oregon’s education goals 

Back in 2011, the Legislature rolled out an ambitious set of goals for the state’s educational system. By 2025, legislators declared, every adult Oregonian would have a high school diploma. Some 40 percent of adult Oregonians would have an associate degree or some sort of post-secondary credential. The remaining 40 percent of adult Oregonians, legislators […]
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Editorial: Gov. Brown’s Elliott forest plan is a new way to lose

The case to sell the Elliott State Forest is about money for schools. Gov. Kate Brown’s case to keep some of the state forest in public hands has some admirable elements, but it’s not a smart way to use state resources. Source: Editorial: Gov. Brown’s Elliott forest plan is a new way to lose;

Editorial: Ban dogs from drivers’ laps? We need evidence

Most of the talk about distracted driving in recent years has focused on cellphones. Data clearly show the ubiquitous devices can be blamed in many accidents and deaths on the roadways. But Oregon Sen. Bill Hansell, R-Athena, thinks the Legislature needs a separate focus on dogs sitting in drivers’ laps. Hansell is chief sponsor of […]
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Oregon irrigators criticize $100 water rights fee proposal

Farmers overwhelmingly testified against House Bill 2706, which aims to raise money for water management, during a March 22 hearing. A proposed $100 annual fee on all Oregon water rights has met with criticism from irrigators who say it would contribute to already mounting financial burdens. Source: Oregon Local News – Oregon irrigators criticize 0 […]
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Lawmakers consider bills to protect juveniles questioned by police

Advocates, including criminal defense lawyers, say the restrictions mirror best practices and help guard against false confessions. Police and prosecutors in Oregon remain largely opposed. Source: Lawmakers consider bills to protect juveniles questioned by police | OregonLive.com