Category Archives: Oregon Legislature

Oregon’s kicker rebate could be on the chopping block as lawmakers eye tax revenue in 2019

One of the Oregon kicker’s fiercest defenders says he expects lawmakers will consider changing or eliminating the state’s unique tax refund law as they search for revenue next year. Source: Oregon’s kicker rebate could be on the chopping block as lawmakers eye tax revenue in 2019

Federal government nixes Bend Parkway grant

A federal grant that local leaders hoped would provide $60 million to $70 million to re-route the Bend Parkway won’t come through, at least not this year. The Oregon Legislature in 2017 earmarked $50 million for safety improvements, including new traffic signals, at the congested intersection of U.S. Highway 97 and Cooley Road — a […]
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Sexual Harassment Policies In Oregon Legislature Struggle To Protect

After a high-profile sexual misconduct case where a state senator resigned, legislative leaders asked the Oregon Law Commission to review policies to ensure the Capitol is a harassment-free workplace. Source: Sexual Harassment Policies In Oregon Legislature Struggle To Protect

Portland building owners to be ‘large and loud’ on quake prep

As city develops details on seismic retrofit requirements, assistance, critics will stay engaged. Unhappy Portland property owners say they will step up their efforts in the wake of the City Council’s approval last week of a resolution requiring seismic retrofits for more than 1,600 buildings. Source: Portland building owners to be ‘large and loud’ on […]
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Increasing student success in Oregon schools 

On Tuesday, the Oregon Legislative Student Success Committee convened in the Rogue Valley. They met with education and business leaders, student representatives and community members and toured pockets of excellence in Pre-K-12 education. The goal of the committee is to gather information statewide on strategies to close the achievement gap and improve graduation rates. There […]
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Shots Not Fired: A new Oregon law takes guns from people who may do harm

Jason had but one item on his shopping list when he pulled into the store parking lot, rage seething within him: a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun just like his father’s. Jason’s life was coming apart. He was 35 and the previous day, his wife of eight months had told him she was having an […]
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Brown signs Guard tuition bill at Kingsley

Gov. Kate Brown signed into law Saturday a bill providing full tuition to Oregon National Guard members seeking higher education, with the signing ceremony at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls. House Bill 4035 was passed unanimously by legislators in March and Brown said she was honored to sign the bill at the home of the […]
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Oregon works to make contraceptives more accessible

A+ Since 2015, Oregon legislators have been working to make birth contraceptives more accessible for women. House Bill 2879 was passed in 2015, permitting pharmacists to prescribe contraceptive patches and pills. More recently Oregon House Bill 2527 was passed in February, which expanded the previous bill to include injectable hormonal contraceptives and self-administered contraceptives. Rep. […]
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In Oregon, Workers Legally Protected Against Discrimination Include Off-Duty Smokers and Those with Bad Credit

Legislative leadership seeks a path to an equitable workplace in wake of ex-Sen. Jeff Kruse’s resignation. Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) and House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) issued a memo last week updating their colleagues on steps they are taking to ensure proper workplace behavior in the Capitol. Source: In Oregon, Workers Legally Protected Against […]
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Students tell legislators they’re worried about their safety

Local high school students have some thoughts about their education. In sit-down listening sessions with state legislators Tuesday morning, a few dozen got to share them. Students from Medford, Eagle Point, Ashland and Phoenix-Talent school districts were dispersed at nine tables in the Medford School District boardroom by 9 a.m. A few minutes later, legislators […]
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