Category Archives: Oregon Legislature

Oregon Legislature to revisit mortgage subsidy reform

Rep. Keny-Guyer (D-Portland) is considering a proposal to limit the mortgage interest deduction, whose dollars disproportionately benefit wealthy Oregonians. State Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer (D-Portland) said she will revisit Oregon’s largest and most popular housing subsidy in the 2019 legislative session. The problem is that the much-debated mortgage interest deduction favors wealthier homeowners, while the poorest […]
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Deschutes County marijuana SDCs come under fire

Oregon Farm Bureau asks lawmakers to review fee. Potential marijuana growers and processors in Deschutes County must pay a road fee called a system development charge. That charge, now under fire from the Oregon Farm Bureau, is unique to the county, which adopted it about two years ago. Source: Deschutes County marijuana SDCs come under fire – KTVZ

Vancouver city officials support building new I-5 bridge

In a resolution, Vancouver City Council calls for a multimodal approach, including high-speed transit. City officials in Vancouver say it’s time to revisit a plan to build a new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Vancouver city officials support building new I-5 bridge

Environmental topics discussed at library forum

Corvallis residents got an inkling Tuesday night of what lies ahead with environmental issues that will come before the state Legislature in 2019. A crowd of approximately 65 turned out Tuesday night at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library to listen to a panel of elected and state agency officials and nonprofit advocates. The session, the […]
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Capitol harassment complaint embroils former Keizer mayor | Keizertimes

A harassment complaint filed against the entirety of the Oregon Legislative Assembly, Legislative Administrative Committee and a former state senator also alleges that former Keizer Mayor Lore Christopher contributed to “generally hostile environment based upon sex” at the Capitol. Source: Capitol harassment complaint embroils former Keizer mayor | Keizertimes

Washington County courthouse limits public hours amid budget cuts

The cuts won’t impact trials, but will make it harder for the public to access information. Looking for assistance at the Washington County Courthouse? It just got a little bit harder. Officials with the county’s courthouse, located at 145 N.E. 2nd Ave., in downtown Hillsboro, announced on Friday it would be cutting back hours as […]
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Oregon lawmakers to hire outside lawyer for sexual harassment case

A committee of lawmakers is planning to meet Monday morning in Salem, to hire an outside lawyer to respond to Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian’s complaint that legislative leaders covered up a culture of sexual harassment in the Capitol. Source: Oregon lawmakers to hire outside lawyer for sexual harassment case

Wilsonville nonprofit wants to put foster families first

Oregon Foster Families First is launching a campaign to lobby Gov. Brown and the state legislature to act on foster care policy issues. Wilsonville-based nonprofit Oregon Foster Families First is turning up the heat on Oregon’s elected leaders to take action in helping the thousands of children across the state who are languishing in the […]
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Attorney Named In Harassment Complaint Is Oregon Legislature’s New Investigator

Not long before they were accused of permitting a culture of sexual harassment on Wednesday, the leaders of Oregon’s Legislative Assembly issued a memo. The two-page document laid out steps House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney had been taking — in the wake of a harassment scandal that rocked the Legislature last year […]
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Landlords prep for new fights with Portland City Hall, Oregon Legislature

Three powerful landlord groups have joined to run what they say must be an all-out multimillion-dollar campaign to stop the Portland City Council and the Oregon Legislature from enacting “radical” tenant protections they say would jeopardize their livelihoods. Source: Landlords prep for new fights with Portland City Hall, Oregon Legislature | OregonLive.com