Tag Archives: 2017 Legislative Session

Your bike tax at work: State of Oregon unveils new ‘Community Paths’ grant program

Here’s what the State of Oregon is doing with that tax you pay on the purchase of new bicycles: The Oregon Department of Transportation has just launched a new program that could provide an estimated $14 million to multi-use path projects statewide. The Oregon Community Paths program is the evolution of the active transportation portion […]
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Our view | Can transportation bill provide template for climate bill?

Nearly three years ago lawmakers on both sides of the political fence joined together and spent 18 months canvassing Oregon to seek input on a billion-dollar plan to upgrade the state’s transportation system. Elected leaders visited just about every part of Oregon where they met with stakeholders and key community members. They then went back […]
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Lawmakers wrangle changes to cut PERS costs

Attempts to rein in Oregon’s hugely complicated retirement system have left agencies and others with high costs. Thousands of Oregon public workers could see smaller retirement pots if lawmakers pass a slate of changes to the state’s retirement plan. About 176,000 people working for state and local government, ranging from teachers to firefighters to wildlife […]
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Officials plan joint meeting on expanding land for reload facility

The Malheur County Court and Nyssa City Council are set to revisit the issue of expanding the city’s urban growth boundary to accommodate the planned development of the Treasure Valley Reload Center, north of town, adding to the acreage to be put within the boundary. Source: Officials plan joint meeting on expanding land for reload […]
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Oregon gas laws: Much ado about pumping

Surge of stories mock Oregonians for their outrage over a self-serve gas station law, but actually, most Oregonians still won’t pump their own gas. Source: Oregon gas laws: Much ado about pumping

Oregon VA launches new grant program

The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs is now seeking grant proposals from nonprofits and other service providers who want to help expand needed services for Oregon veterans. Source: Oregon VA launches new grant program

Not many want to handle to self-service gas

Among the new laws taking effect in Oregon with the advent of 2018, is a rule permitting 24-hour self-serve gas at rural stations, but at least across Lake County its impact is minimal. Source: Not many want to handle to self-service gas

Oregon Senate GOP touts new laws due Jan. 1

Oregon Senate Republicans on Tuesday touted a wide range of legislation that takes effect Jan. 1, stressing the bipartisan nature of new laws that tackle issues ranging from combating sex trafficking to helping veterans and those in need while boosting public safety and government transparency. Source: Oregon Senate GOP touts new laws due Jan. 1

Doherty talks legislative successes, opioids at Tigard Rotary

At a Rotary Club of Tigard luncheon Thursday, Oct. 26, state Rep. Margaret Doherty responded to President Donald Trump’s designation of opioid abuse and addiction as a national emergency, agreeing that it has reached an “epidemic” level and pointing to the Oregon Legislature’s work this year in attempting to limit prescriptions of opiate painkillers. Source: […]
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Report: Oregon incarceration rate expected to fall 11 percent

After years of growth, Oregon prisons are expected to see a “dramatically lower” number of inmates wover the next 10 years. The incarceration rate — inmates versus the state’s general population — is expected to fall 11 percent. Source: Report: Oregon incarceration rate expected to fall 11 percent