Tag Archives: 2017 Legislative Session

Editorial: Renters’ bill is blocked in Legislature 

Compromises helped pave the way for legislative action this session on bills regarding workplace scheduling and pay equity. But another big piece of this year’s Democratic agenda — strengthening protections for renters — fell by the wayside in the final days of the session. It was a stinging defeat for Speaker of the House Tina Kotek, who […]
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Interstate tolls looming for metro area

Motorists will face the possibility of tolls on Interstates 5 and 205 in the metropolitan area, but not until 2019 after a study is completed — and only if the Federal Highway Administration says yes. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Interstate tolls looming for metro area

Sen. Johnson chides progressives on crime bills

In a rallying speech to district attorneys from across Oregon, state Sen. Betsy Johnson on Wednesday chastised House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson and other progressives for their support of recently passed criminal justice bills. Source: Sen. Johnson chides progressives on crime bills – Daily Astorian

East Oregon gets $5 million for economic development region

The Oregon Legislature’s recently passed House Bill 2012 provides $5 million for a special economic development region in Eastern Oregon designed to help businesses there compete on a more level playing field with their Idaho counterparts.  

Funding approved for Scottsburg Bridge

Funding for the replacement of the Scottsburg Bridge on Highway 38 has been approved. Source: Funding approved for Scottsburg Bridge | Traffic | nrtoday.com

New Distracted Driving Law Takes Effect in October

The Oregon Legislature earlier this month closed a loophole in the state’s regulation for use of electronic devices behind the wheel – making it illegal for drivers to touch their phones or other devices while driving. The law kicks in October 1. Source: The Skanner News – New Distracted Driving Law Takes Effect in October

Oregon’s Small Drug Possession Lowered to Misdemeanor

Oregon legislatures passed a landmark bill this week that reclassifies small scale possession of illegal drugs – heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and others – from a felony to a misdemeanor. Source: The Skanner News – Oregon’s Small Drug Possession Lowered to Misdemeanor

‘A smile and anything Nike’: Downtime with Sean O’Halloren

Nike’s VP for public and government affairs talks about international travel, swoosh sartorial style and saying goodbye to the Border Adjustment Tax. Source: Oregon Business – ‘A smile and anything Nike’: Downtime with Sean O’Halloren

Change to popular vote wouldn’t benefit Oregon | Guest Opinion

The debate in the Oregon Legislature about the National Popular Vote Compact (NPVC), which has been ongoing for almost 10 years, was rekindled during the 2017 legislative session. Amazingly, most Oregonians were not aware of the debate despite how important the topic is to the very fabric of the American republic. Source: Change to popular […]
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Our View: Better, but not great

A 9 percent tuition increase for Southern Oregon University is hardly cause for wild celebration. But it is better than the 12 percent jump the college had previously announced. The difference was thanks to the Oregon Legislature, which managed to find an extra $70 million for higher education in the waning days of the 2017 […]
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