Category Archives: Oregon Legislature

2 Oregon lawmakers demoted for rude behavior

Two Oregon lawmakers were demoted Thursday following complaints of disrespectful and rude behavior. House Speaker Tina Kotek removed Rep. Mitch Greenlick as chairman of the House Committee on Health Care. She also booted the Portland Democrat off the House Conduct Committee. Source: 2 Oregon lawmakers demoted for rude behavior

Oregon lawmakers Rep. Bill Post, Rep. Mitch Greenlick demoted for rude behavior

A leader of the Oregon Legislature demoted two lawmakers on Thursday for disrespectful and rude behavior as the statehouse struggles to make itself a more respectful workplace. Rep. Mitch Greenlick, a Portland Democrat, called a pharmaceutical lobbyist “stupid” during a health care committee hearing Tuesday on a drug pricing bill. Source: Oregon lawmakers Rep. Bill […]
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Oregon House Speaker Shuffles Committees After Conduct Complaints

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek on Thursday announced a number of major changes to her members’ committee assignments, citing two incidents that occurred this week. In the most dramatic change, longtime state Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, has been removed as chair of the House Committee on Health Care, which he has run since 2007. Source: […]
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Helt and Zika sometimes split in Legislature

She’s banged the big wooden gavel while filling in as substitute House speaker. He’s tweeted out a late-night selfie video of himself in the Capitol’s empty underground garage — the last lawmaker leaving for the day. Their desks are side-by-side on the House floor, just as their districts lie next to each other in Deschutes […]
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Editorial: No special treatment for lawmakers

Former Sen. Jeff Kruse, R-Roseburg, gave the Legislature a black eye in 2017 when Sen. Sara Gelser, D-Corvallis, publicly accused him of groping her. The black eye only got worse in the months following. Source: Editorial: No special treatment for lawmakers

House Speaker Tina Kotek Demotes Two Oregon Lawmakers for Their Rude Remarks

-Kotek explained her decisions as part of an effort to change Salem’s culture following a sexual harassment scandal.- Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek this morning demoted two lawmakers for their public remarks, as she tries to contain the fallout from a sexual harassment scandal that has paralyzed the Capitol. Source: House Speaker Tina Kotek Demotes […]
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Greenlick, Post stripped of committees amid Capitol culture change

House Speaker Tina Kotek demoted representatives, saying their behavior this week does not match the sort of culture legislative leadership is working to achieve. Source: Greenlick, Post stripped of committees amid Capitol culture change

Oregon House committee approves rent control, eviction protections; bill headed for floor vote

A proposal for statewide rent control is headed for a vote on the Oregon House floor, its final obstacle before it goes to a supportive governor for her signature. Source: Oregon House committee approves rent control, eviction protections; bill headed for floor vote

Official state pet? Plastic straw ban? 18 eye-catching Oregon bills introduced in 2019

They’re among a handful of the 2,000-plus bills introduced by Oregon lawmakers so far this year. Source: Official state pet? Plastic straw ban? 18 eye-catching Oregon bills introduced in 2019

Foster youth lobby Oregon lawmakers to expand independent living program

This year, members of the advocacy group Oregon Foster Youth Connection are lobbying lawmakers and the governor to expand an independent living program that helps young people transition to live on their own. Source: Foster youth lobby Oregon lawmakers to expand independent living program