Category Archives: Dept. of Justice

Oregon AG: Delay vote on net neutrality

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is among 18 attorneys general who have written to the Federal Communications Commission to urge a delay on the vote because of suspected falsified comments in support of the change. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and 17 other attorneys general are urging the Federal Communications Commission to delay a vote […]
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Editorial: Legislature should tighten up law for car thefts

It’s ridiculously easy to get away with stealing a car in Oregon. The magic words to avoid jail time can be as simple as: I borrowed it from “a friend named Richey” or “a guy named Dave.” The Legislature needs to take another look at the law. The problem occurs, in part, because of two […]
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Oregon DOJ reviewing sex assault allegations against Multnomah County deputy

Multnomah County corrections deputy Dwight Richey has been on leave since July amid a criminal investigation, authorities said. Source: Oregon DOJ reviewing sex assault allegations against Multnomah County deputy

State attorneys general bash plan to hike national park fees

A group of state attorneys general on Wednesday urged the National Park Service to scrap its proposal to more than double the entrance fee at 17 popular national parks. The top government lawyers from 10 states and the District of Columbia sent a letter saying the increase could put access to the parks out of […]
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Eastmoreland historic district nomination remains in limbo

Neighbor’s lawsuits, one appealing to the Supreme Court, question state’s historic designation process. Residents of Peacock Lane, Portland’s place to see homes decked out with Christmas lights, recently qualified for the National Register of Historic Places. But the hotly contested historic district nomination for Eastmoreland, 3 miles south, continues to sit in limbo. Source: Eastmoreland […]
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ODOT director says problems at Motor Carrier Division have been fixed

Oregon Department of Transportation director Matt Garrett told a legislative committee last week that the agency has fixed problems at its Motor Carrier Division detailed in a recent internal audit, a 15-month, $180,000 Oregon Department of Justice investigation and a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit settlement. The Statesman Journal reported on the investigations earlier this month. Garrett […]
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Editorial: The rise of Oregon’s global warming taxes

Oregon AAA, its subsidiary AAA AutoSource (which sells cars and trucks) and the Oregon Trucking Association are suing the state over a new “privilege tax.” They are asking the state Supreme Court to see a so-called new privilege tax for what it is — a sales tax by another name used to spend money in a way […]
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Broader impact expected from Oregon landfill dispute

A broader question about Oregon land use law is expected to be resolved by a landfill expansion dispute before the Oregon Supreme Court. The Oregon Supreme Court is considering a dispute over a landfill that’s expected to resolve a broader question about allowable impacts on farmland from non-farm development. Source: Broader impact expected from Oregon […]
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Ballot measure would apply term limits retroactively, Oregon Supreme Court says

A proposed ballot measure would impose term limits on Oregon legislators and those limits would apply retroactively in most cases. If voters were to send that measure to the ballot and then approve the limits, it would spell a major change for the Legislature. About two-thirds of senators would be prevented from running again, including […]
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Groups ask governor to reopen wolf killing investigation

Sixteen conservation groups asked Governor Kate Brown’s office Thursday to reopen an investigation into the Oct. 27 killing of a wolf by a hunter who claimed self-defense. Brian Scott, 38, was elk hunting in Union County when he shot and killed a gray wolf he claimed was running directly at him. Oregon State Police investigated […]
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