Tag Archives: 2017 Legislative Session

Legislature 2017: A progress report on filling Oregon’s $1.6B budget hole

Please contact the State Library for access to this premium story from the Portland Business Journal. We can be reached at: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. In the frantic final weeks of the 2017 legislative session, lawmakers will dig in on tax and pension reform plans and proposals to fund Medicaid and fix Oregon’s crumbling transportation infrastructure. […]
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New Oregon Tax Plan – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Democratic lawmakers have a plan to change the way businesses are taxed in Oregon. They say they need bold action to provide money for schools. Republicans say this is the return of Measure 97 —  another attempt at a sales tax. Yesterday, we got the Democratic perspective from Sen. Mark Hass, D-Beaverton. Today, we hear a […]
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Democratic Tax Plan – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Democratic lawmakers have a plan to change the way businesses are taxed in Oregon. They say they need bold action to provide money for schools. Republicans say this is the return of Measure 97 —  another attempt at a sales tax. We hear from Democratic Senator Mark Hass from Beaverton about how the plan would work. […]
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Legislative update: Boat builders say bill would allow unfair competition

A bill that could allow public ports to compete with private boat building companies is causing consternation in Southern Oregon, but appears headed for legislative approval anyway. Source: Legislative update: Boat builders say bill would allow unfair competition | Oregon Politics | nrtoday.com

Guest Opinion: Challenging times in Salem

Nearly every weekend I head home from the state capital to Southern Oregon. I usually get about 44 hours at home, and sometimes that seems way too short. But this week I’m ready to get in the car to go back to Salem. Not because it isn’t beautiful in Ashland, but rather because I believe […]
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Some bills better left behind | As We See It (Opinion)

Hundreds of bills are proposed in the state legislature each session. Some will make it over the hurdles one-by-one — first surviving a committee hearing and vote, then the House and Senate, and finally a signature from the governor. Most bills are well-intended, and many are worth passing. Some are best left behind, and a few […]
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Dead or alive? Bills we’ve watched so far

Last week, the state legislature reached a deadline for moving bills forward. Those that hadn’t received a committee vote by April 18 can be pronounced dead, at least for this session. Source: Dead or alive? Bills we’ve watched so far | Oregon Politics | nrtoday.com

Controversial bills meet their end in legislature 

An April 18 deadline means several ag-related bills won’t get further attention this session. A slew of bills that stirred up controversy in Oregon’s agriculture and timber industries have met their end, at least for the 2017 legislative session. Source: Controversial bills meet their end in legislature – – Capital Press

Environmental Legislation

-Nonprofits talk pesticides, wildlife removal budget cuts and green jobs- Virtually no protections are in place to safeguard watersheds and streams — both sources of drinking water in Oregon — from being contaminated by herbicides, says Jason Gonzales of Oregon Wild. This is just one of the pressing issues that environmental protection bills in Oregon’s […]
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New Hands-Free Laws Likely Coming Soon For Northwest Drivers 


Washington state lawmakers sent a distracted driving crackdown to the governor’s desk late Wednesday. And lawmakers in Oregon are steadily steering their own version of this through legislative committees. The final tally in the Washington state Senate was overwhelming. Senators voted 39-10 to forbid handling a phone for any reason while behind the wheel — […]
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