Category Archives: Oregon Legislature

 Oregon joining I-5 Bridge talks a welcome step

Oregon’s decision to join discussions regarding the Interstate 5 Bridge is cause for cautious optimism. Source: In Our View: Oregon joining I-5 Bridge talks a welcome step –

Shelly Boshart Davis: Rural Oregon can’t afford cap and trade

I’m excited to be in Florence this week for the annual Oregon Coastal Caucus Economic Summit. As a first-time attendee, I’m looking forward to hearing from many of my colleagues, local leaders from our coastal communities, and policy experts on a range of important issues. One discussion I’ll be paying particular attention to is the […]
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The back-alley mugging of the death penalty: Steve Duin

Betsy Johnson predicted all of this months ago. The conservative Democratic senator from Scappoose and I were both at Josh Marquis’ retirement party at the Fillmore in Northwest Portland. A half dozen other Oregon district attorneys were in the crowded room. Source: The back-alley mugging of the death penalty: Steve Duin –

Should Oregon’s Death Penalty Law Be Re-Tweaked? Key Lawmakers Disagree

Sen. Floyd Prozanski said the Legislature should be convened to fix the bill. Rep. Jennifer Williamson said the bill is already working. Key legislators behind changes to Oregon’s death penalty law disagree over whether the law now needs to be revised, a week after the Oregon Department of Justice raised an alarm over the matter. Source: […]
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‘OPB Politics Now’: Fallout From The 2019 Oregon Legislative Session

It feels like the Oregon legislative session just ended, but we are already seeing the fallout from some of the laws that passed. Public-sector labor unions are suing the state seeking to overturn a new law that reduces their pensions. And another new law aimed at narrowing the death penalty might affect more murder cases than lawmakers […]
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Critics blast Oregon Legislature’s repeal of tsunami-zone building ban

With sunlight sparkling off surrounding Yaquina Bay, workers are putting up an ocean-studies building, smack in the middle of an area expected to one day be hit by a tsunami. Experts say it’s only a matter of time before a shift in a major fault line off the Oregon coast causes a massive earthquake that […]
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New state law could hinder Hightower murder trial

New law may take death penalty and aggravated murder charges off table in Charles Vernon case. Charles Vernon, one of three defendants charged in the 2016 death of Apache Hightower, may now face lesser charges after Gov. Kate Brown signed into law new standards for aggravated murder charges. Source: Pamplin Media Group – New state […]
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Damascus Files Oregon Supreme Court Petition To Defend Its Cityhood

The battle over whether to keep the Clackamas County city of Damascus incorporated or dissolve it continues. Gov. Kate Brown signed Oregon Senate Bill 226 into law last month, looking to officially disincorporate Damascus. Damascus city officials are filing a petition with the Oregon Supreme Court to challenge that. Source: Damascus Files Oregon Supreme Court Petition To […]
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Editorial: Death penalty law in need of fix

Democrats in the 2019 Legislature were determined to effectively gut the state’s death penalty law, and so they did. In fact, they went further than they apparently intended. The new law not only applies to aggravated murder cases yet to occur, it’s retroactive for cases in which new trials or resentencing hearings have been granted […]
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Oregon appoints eight to I-5 Bridge panel

Legislators will join Washington counterparts as states move past Columbia River Crossing’s failure. Oregon is revving up efforts on the south side of the Columbia River to replace the Interstate 5 Bridge. Source: Oregon appoints eight to I-5 Bridge panel –