Category Archives: Oregon Legislature

Former Oregon health officials skip hearing into smear plan

Lawmakers in Salem held a hearing on Monday into the Oregon Health Authority’s internal public relations plan to smear a Portland health provider. Source: Former Oregon health officials skip hearing into smear plan | OregonLive.com

Carbon-cap effort to highlight legislative ‘committee days’

Health care scandal and fires also on the agenda. A cap on carbon emissions, a health care scandal and fights over firefighting will pump political adrenaline into the Capitol this week. Lawmakers will return Monday for three “interim committee days,” or “Comm Days” for short. It’s a time for legislative housekeeping left over from the […]
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State considers controversial carbon cap

GOP not sold on market pollution fix. Oregon would join an air pollution “market” stretching from California to Quebec under a plan unveiled Monday at the Capitol. The Senate and House environment committees held a joint meeting where Democrats touted a carbon “cap-and-invest” program they plan to introduce next year. “We are not on track […]
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Ex-Agency Officials Skip Hearing On Oregon Health Authority Controversy

An Oregon legislative committee planned to grill three former employees of the Oregon Health Authority on Monday — but none of them showed up. Source: Ex-Agency Officials Skip Hearing On Oregon Health Authority Controversy . News | OPB

Representatives provide legislative updates at County Commissioners

State Representatives Cliff Bentz and Werner Reschke were present at the Lake County Commissioners regular session on Tuesday, Sept. 5 to give a presentation about what was done at the previous legislative session. The first topic that they addressed was Medicaid population, which saw 300,000 added while unfunded reliability is rising. Oregon Measure 98 toward technical […]
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UCC shooting: New gun law may have applied to deeply troubled shooter

Two days before carrying out the deadliest mass shooting in modern Oregon history, Christopher Harper-Mercer walked into a Roseburg pawnshop, selected a .380-caliber handgun from a glass case, cleared the background checks, paid $163 and walked out with his new purchase. Despite Christopher Harper-Mercer’s long history of struggles with serious, sometimes debilitating, mental health problems, […]
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Editorial: Brown’s irresponsible goal of a hurry-up carbon tax

Gov. Kate Brown said earlier this summer that she wants to use the short 2018 legislative session to pass a carbon tax for Oregon. Trying to impose a momentous change on the state in barely over a month — on top of all the other bills that the Legislature will be considering — invites a monumental policy […]
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Here are the Oregon lawmakers who pay a family member as staff

One in four elected Oregon lawmakers pays a family member to be on their staff. The price tag for hiring spouses, children or in-laws is more than $547,000 so far this year, according to state salary data. How did we get here? See our full investigation for an in-depth look at nepotism in the Oregon Legislature. […]
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Nepotism runs rampant in the Oregon Legislature. Here’s how.

One out of every four elected state legislators in Oregon has employed a family member at taxpayer expense this year, records show. The price tag for hiring spouses, children or in-laws is more than $547,000 so far, according to state salary data. Source: Nepotism runs rampant in the Oregon Legislature. Here’s how. | OregonLive.com

Oregon Lawmakers Take Up Health Authority Debacle Next Week

Oregon lawmakers are returning to the Capitol for a three-day flurry of meetings. It’s the first round of Legislative Days since the 2017 session adjourned July 7. One high-profile hearing will be Monday’s meeting of the Senate Interim Committee on General Government and Accountability. Source: Oregon Lawmakers Take Up Health Authority Debacle Next Week . News | OPB