Category Archives: Oregon Legislature

DMV to drop fee for no-photo disabled parking placards

A new Oregon law will remove a costly Catch 22 for people who need a disabled parking placard but are medically unable to go to a DMV office. Source: DMV to drop fee for no-photo disabled parking placards – KTVZ

New law will let bicyclists roll through stop signs

Most people have heard of a California or rolling stop, but now a new law inspired by a neighboring state is coming to Oregon. Starting in 2020, bicyclists will be allowed to treat stop signs as yield signs, it’s commonly called an Idaho stop. Source: New law will let bicyclists roll through stop signs – […]
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Age discrimination: Intel investigation drags on for years, worker protections lag

Testifying before Congress this fall, the new chairwoman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission outlined the agency’s top principles – first among them, a responsibility to promptly investigate discrimination complaints. “We owe it to these employees as well as everyone else involved to honor their courage by swiftly addressing their concerns,” commission chairwoman Janet […]
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Concerns about CCO 2.0 brought up in senate committee

Last month, former Gov. John Kitzhaber raised concerns about the direction coordinated care organizations are headed when he spoke at the 2019 Oregon State of Reform Health Policy Conference. Kitzhaber was the leading force behind the establishment of coordinated care organizations (CCOs) in 2012 when he was governor. With the current CCO contracts set to […]
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Oregon officials continue hunt for 2021 public dollars

The state’s expected $40 million contribution is nearly half the $80.9 million budget for the World Athletics Championships. With 20 months remaining before the opening ceremony, Oregon state officials have only identified about half of the $40 million they’ve committed to the 2021 World Athletics Championships to be held in Eugene. Source: Oregon officials continue […]
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Energy Development: Wave, wind power to be topic of Brookings forum

Harnessing the power of the wind and other alternative forms of energy will be the topic at the Curry Alternative Energy Forum from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Southwestern Oregon Community College Curry Campus, in Brookings. Source: Energy Development: Wave, wind power to be topic of Brookings forum | News |

Recall petition against Rep. Mitchell fails

#TimberUnity falls short of signatures The recall petition by #Timber Unity against state Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell has failed after organizers did not gather the required number of signatures to force an election. The rural advocacy group made the announcement in a statement on its Facebook page. Source: Recall petition against Rep. Mitchell fails | Local […]
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Gas tax increase begins New Year’s Day

The second of four increases in the gas tax goes into effect Jan. 1. The increase is part of House Bill 2017, the “Keep Oregon Moving” act the Oregon Legislature passed in 2017. This is the second 4-cents-per-gallon increase. The first went into effect in 2018. Source: Gas tax increase begins New Year’s Day | […]
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Timber Unity Recall Effort Against Oregon Coastal Democrat Comes Up Short

The effort was a test of fledgling political group Timber Unity’s might. It’s the third time opponents have failed to recall a Democrat this year. The group Timber Unity announced Wednesday that it had failed to force a recall election of state Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell, D-Astoria. The group “fell short” of collecting the required 4,883 […]
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As drones increase at Oregon’s state parks, even at a nude beach, where can you fly?

On a warm afternoon last July 21, a drone was spotted flying across the southern end of Smith Rock State Park. It was a weekend, and the park’s honeycombed cliffs were dotted with rock climbers while hikers spread across the miles of trails below. Suddenly, something went wrong. As the drone buzzed toward Asterisk Pass and Llama […]
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