Category Archives: Statesman Journal

House OKs bill that would put tobacco, vaping tax up to voters

A contentious tobacco tax proposal narrowly cleared the two-thirds majority hurdle in the Oregon House before it heads to the Senate, and if successful there, to the ballot in November 2020. Source: House OKs bill that would put tobacco, vaping tax up to voters

Oregon legislators in the minority have often used walkouts as leverage

Legislative minorities have used walkouts as a negotiating tool many times in Oregon. Here are some of the most significant examples. Source: Oregon legislators in the minority have often used walkouts as leverage

Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney speech: Pleads for Republicans’ return to Capitol

Senate President Peter Courtney’s remarks after asking Gov. Kate Brown to use the Oregon State Police to return Republican senators to the Capitol. Source: Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney speech: Pleads for Republicans’ return to Capitol

Oregon Senate Republicans walk out, Oregon State Police called to bring them back

Gov. Kate Brown authorized the Oregon State Police to bring Republican senators back to the Capitol building Thursday after all 11 members fled Salem to deny Democrats the opportunity to pass a sweeping greenhouse gas emissions cap-and-trade bill. Source: Oregon Senate Republicans walk out, Oregon State Police called to bring them back

Oregon House votes to reserve death penalty for most egregious murders

The House voted 33-26 Wednesday to prohibit capital punishment in all but the most egregious of murders. In Oregon, aggravated murder is the only crime punishable by death. Currently, the definition of aggravated murder applies in about 20 different circumstances, including murder-for-hire and murder after escaping a correctional facility. Source: Oregon House votes to reserve death penalty for most […]
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Oregon Senate Republicans walk out from Capitol for second time

Senate Republicans are refusing to come to the Capitol to deny Democrats the opportunity to pass a sweeping greenhouse gas emissions cap-and-invest bill, legislative staff confirmed Thursday morning. Declining to show up for floor session means the Senate will not have a quorum, so it cannot conduct any business. The vote on House Bill 2020 was scheduled […]
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Oregon Senate GOP threatens walkout, Gov. Kate Brown responds

Tensions at the Oregon Capitol reached a new height Wednesday in the 2019 Legislature’s waning days as Senate Republicans consider a second walk out this year instead of allowing a greenhouse gas emissions cap-and-invest bill to pass. In response, Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, threatened to call a special session starting July 2 and stay in Salem […]
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Oregon removes assisted suicide waiting period for gravely ill people

The Oregon House sent the governor a measure Tuesday amending the state’s assisted suicide law by removing the waiting period for people who have less than 15 days to live. It’s a move that opponents say amounts to an expansion of Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, arguing the measure removes critical safeguards in current law […]
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Oregon Senate passes bill classifying burning as renewable energy

The Oregon Senate has approved a bill designating trash incineration as renewable energy. Senate Bill 451 was requested by Covanta Marion, the Brooks incinerator that burns garbage from Marion County and elsewhere. Source: Oregon Senate passes bill classifying burning as renewable energy

Health advisory issued for Cannon Beach

Oregon health officials are warning visitors to stay out of the water at Cannon Beach. A health advisory was issued after high levels of fecal bacteria were measured in waters at the north coast beach which means visitors should look but don’t touch. Source: Health advisory issued for Cannon Beach