Category Archives: Mail Tribune

Oregon brings up the rear on Real ID

What is it with Oregon state government and technology? First there was Cover Oregon, the website that was supposed to let Oregonians sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. That was an unmitigated disaster that never went live. Now, the state is poised to start issuing new driver’s licenses that comply with […]
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Cap-and-trade bill was a missed opportunity

During Oregon’s last legislative session we had a climate bill that was good for our rural citizens: HB 2020. This was a cap, trade and invest bill. The cap is necessary to limit the amount of pollution. The trade is to create markets that provide incentives for reduction, and the investment is to create structure […]
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Oregon hunting, fishing licenses will lighten wallets

Oregon resident fishing licenses will increase $3 and resident hunting licenses will go up $1 in 2020 to help fuel fish and wildlife management in Oregon. The fee increase is the third and final one since 2016 under a law passed in 2015 by the Oregon Legislature to incrementally add to the Oregon Department of […]
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Bill would lower medical costs for Jackson County Jail

People lodged in the Jackson County Jail while awaiting trial would no longer lose their federally funded health insurance under a bill introduced this week by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon. If approved by Congress, the bill could help ease the financial burden Jackson County takes on when inmates lose Medicare, Medicaid and veterans’ benefits. Source: […]
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State report cards: attendance up, achievement less certain

Jackson County’s largest school districts saw more of their students show up for more school days between the most recent two school years, new report card data shows. Source: State report cards: attendance up, achievement less certain

Oregon Court of Appeals grants stay in temporary ban on selling vaiping products

The Oregon Court of Appeals on Thursday granted a temporary stay on Oregon Health Authority rules enforcing a 180-day ban on the sale of flavored nicotine and medical marijuana vaping products. Source: Oregon Court of Appeals grants stay in temporary ban on selling vaiping products

Mobile-app voting security far from proven | Opinion

Offering voters the option of casting ballots on their smartphones is an intriguing idea that could help boost turnout even in voter-friendly Oregon — as long as identity and security issues can be addressed. But it’s far from clear that they have been, especially after the FBI launched an investigation into the attempted hacking of […]
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Cannabis and hemp bring mixture of impacts to Oregon

How’s it going with legal recreational cannabis in Oregon after four years? Addressing a conference on Occupational Safety & Health in Ashland, a man from the governor’s office said it has been a complicated, controversial journey. Among the state’s findings, said Jeffrey Rhoades, senior marijuana policy advisor to Gov. Kate Brown, is that pot use […]
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Initiative petition rejections puzzling

Secretary of State Bev Clarno has overstepped her authority in rejecting three initiative petitions seeking to change Oregon’s forestry laws. Sponsors of the petitions have filed suit, and it appears likely the petitions will be reinstated. Whether the changes in forestry practices are wise is beside the point; the initiatives should be allowed to proceed. […]
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State report cards: attendance up, achievement less certain

Jackson County’s largest school districts saw more of their students show up for more school days between last year and this, new report card data shows. Eagle Point School District had the highest percentage of “regular attenders” — the Oregon Department of Education’s term for students attending at least 90% of the time — in […]
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