Oregon House Speaker Shuffles Committees After Conduct Complaints

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek on Thursday announced a number of major changes to her members’ committee assignments, citing two incidents that occurred this week. In the most dramatic change, longtime state Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, has been removed as chair of the House Committee on Health Care, which he has run since 2007. Source: […]
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PSU warned about accreditation issues

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, warned PSU officials that the university is not in compliance on some issues. Source: PSU warned about accreditation issues

4-Year Community College Degrees

Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney wants to make a major change to the structure of higher education in the state. Earlier this week, the state Senate unanimously passed Courtney’s bill allowing community colleges to offer four-year degrees. Source: 4-Year Community College Degrees | ‘Good Hair’

Helt and Zika sometimes split in Legislature

She’s banged the big wooden gavel while filling in as substitute House speaker. He’s tweeted out a late-night selfie video of himself in the Capitol’s empty underground garage — the last lawmaker leaving for the day. Their desks are side-by-side on the House floor, just as their districts lie next to each other in Deschutes […]
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Editorial: No special treatment for lawmakers

Former Sen. Jeff Kruse, R-Roseburg, gave the Legislature a black eye in 2017 when Sen. Sara Gelser, D-Corvallis, publicly accused him of groping her. The black eye only got worse in the months following. Source: Editorial: No special treatment for lawmakers

Bend cannabis edible company fined

For the second time in a year, Lunchbox Alchemy, a Bend cannabis processing company that makes cannabis oils, edibles, extracts and tinctures, has been fined by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Source: Bend cannabis edible company fined

Is cannabis drying up Deschutes County wells?

-Rural residents, state officials disagree on the impact growing operations have on water- Charles Cook and Suezan Hill-Cook didn’t think much of a medical marijuana growing operation when it set up shop next to their quiet home northeast of Redmond in 2015. Source: Is cannabis drying up Deschutes County wells?

Oregon lawmakers reconsider commission for fast-growing hemp crop

With hemp production zooming toward the top of the list of commodities grown in Oregon, lawmakers are again considering setting up a commission to raise money for research and promotions. Source: Oregon lawmakers reconsider commission for fast-growing hemp crop

Oregon State Police search for person who killed elk, left it to waste in Linn County

Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public’s help identifying the person or people responsible for killing a cow elk and leaving it to rot in Linn County. Source: Oregon State Police search for person who killed elk, left it to waste in Linn County

House Speaker Tina Kotek Demotes Two Oregon Lawmakers for Their Rude Remarks

-Kotek explained her decisions as part of an effort to change Salem’s culture following a sexual harassment scandal.- Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek this morning demoted two lawmakers for their public remarks, as she tries to contain the fallout from a sexual harassment scandal that has paralyzed the Capitol. Source: House Speaker Tina Kotek Demotes […]
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