Category Archives: My Columbia Basin

Cap and trade will be back

Cap and trade will be back on the agenda in the 2020 session of the Oregon Legislature. What form it will take is currently anybody’s guess. “At last count, I believe there were about six different cap and trade, or carbon tax proposals being floated in Salem,” AAA Motor Club Director of Government Affairs Marie […]
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Brown and Inslee unite on clean energy

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington state are continuing to fight for an end to coal-generated electricity in an effort to reduce greenhouse gases. Both are urging legislators to work toward that end. Source: Brown and Inslee unite on clean energy | My Columbia Basin

Oregon senator questions governor’s wildfire response council

One of the senators hearing from the Governor’s Council on Wildfire Response takes issue with one of the council’s basic assumptions. Senator Herman Baertschiger (R-Grants Pass) has been working in the forest industry for several decades. Source: Oregon senator questions governor’s wildfire response council | My Columbia Basin

Bipartisan cap and trade could be coming

The Oregon Legislature’s legislative days begins Monday in Salem. Sen. Bill Hansell (R-Athena) says they’ll take care of the normal business, which includes approving appointments from the governor’s office and making budget adjustments. He added that there could be something more controversial on the agenda. Source: Bipartisan cap and trade could be coming | My […]
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Construction at universities is on the legislative agenda

Legislative Days is coming up next week at the Oregon Legislature. One of the leading budget writers in the Senate, Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) says she and her colleague Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (D-Portland) will try to determine the status of state-funded construction projects for colleges and universities. Source: Construction at universities is on the […]
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Forestry was on the menu at leaders’ dinner

There was a recent dinner at the governor’s mansion and a bipartisan group of state legislative leaders. Sen. Cliff Bentz (R-Ontario) was there, and he said many things were brought up, including the state’s forests. Source: Forestry was on the menu at leaders’ dinner | My Columbia Basin

Governor’s Council on Wildfire Response to release final report

Governor Kate Brown’s council on wildfire response is getting ready with its recommendations on how Oregon deals with wildfires. According to Matt Donegon, chair of the Governor’s Council on Wildfire Response, the council is looking at several areas for change. Source: Governor’s Council on Wildfire Response to release final report | My Columbia Basin

New report details where Oregon’s new residents moved from 

More than 140,000 people moved to Oregon in 2018, according to new U.S. Census data released this week. The American Community Survey asks people where they live today, and where they lived a year ago. Source: New report details where Oregon’s new residents moved from | My Columbia Basin

OHA sets guidelines for tapering opioid use

Oregon has set new guidelines for opioids, as the state works to cut back on their unnecessary use. The guidelines include advice to physicians about when to prescribe the addictive medication. “They are focused on individualized care to reduce harms associated with opioid use and over-prescribing,” Oregon Health Authority Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dana Hargunani […]
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OHA looking to increase access to dental care statewide

The Oregon Health Authority is working on ways to improve access to dental care across the state. The OHA’s Dental Pilot Project Program looks for non-profits and healthcare providers who can come up with ways to improve access to dental care. Source: OHA looking to increase access to dental care statewide