Tag Archives: 2017 Legislative Session

Representatives provide legislative updates at County Commissioners

State Representatives Cliff Bentz and Werner Reschke were present at the Lake County Commissioners regular session on Tuesday, Sept. 5 to give a presentation about what was done at the previous legislative session. The first topic that they addressed was Medicaid population, which saw 300,000 added while unfunded reliability is rising. Oregon Measure 98 toward technical […]
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Lawmakers return to Salem to get jump on 2018 shortened session

State lawmakers will return to Salem this week for legislative days — approving executive appointments, discussing timely issues and getting a jump start on bills they want to push through in next year’s shorter legislative session. “The mindset has to be to start to get ready for next season,” said Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem. “This is the […]
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New Oregon law will mandate abortion coverage; Abortions decreasing statewide, nationally

When it comes to health care, Oregon is all about firsts.Last month, though, it took second — beaten by New York — when Gov. Kate Brown signed a characteristically progressive bill guaranteeing abortion coverage with no out-of-pocket costs. The bill, dubbed the Reproductive Health Equity Act, covers a broad array of reproductive services. The controversy […]
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Legislative recap served up with a side of pie 

What pairs better than our state representatives and senators? If you answered “Our state representatives and senators and a side of pie,” you would be on to something. Source: Legislative recap served up with a side of pie | News | tillamookheadlightherald.com

Session resulted in key benefits for Lane County | Opinion | 

During my first term in the Oregon Senate, I worked with my colleagues in both chambers of the Legislature to achieve advances in criminal justice reform, funding for education at all levels — including career and technical education programs — health care for all Oregonians, renters’ rights and protections, environmental justice, efforts to address climate […]
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Oregon doubling down on equity for all – Guest Opinion

-Planned Parenthood, United Way leaders applaud progressive policies passed by Legislature- In “Lawmakers make strides for transparency, equity” (July 11 Tribune editorial), we were pleased to see the editorial board highlight important policy gains this session, wins that will make a real difference in the lives of Oregonians. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Oregon doubling […]
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Legislative accomplishments more of a puzzle — Guest Opinion

Legislative accomplishments more of a puzzle. The 2017 Legislative session in Salem has ended, the dust has settled and the senators and representatives have resumed life in their local communities. Folks want to know what got done in Salem. Well, that’s the hard part because there is no single answer. Source: Legislative accomplishments more of […]
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David Sarasohn: The struggles to pay for Oregon

It took 10 years of legislative effort, Mark Hass points out, to get Oregon to a policy of full-day kindergarten. So, the Beaverton state senator insists, to have another legislative session slip by without revenue reform is no cause for despair. Still, it’s not exactly encouraging. Source: David Sarasohn: The struggles to pay for Oregon […]
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Back from the trenches

Local legislators return home with tales of woe, triumph. Sen. Kim Thatcher and Rep. Bill Post planned to host a joint town hall on Thursday, July 27. It ended up being an intimate affair with just two members of the community and one newspaper reporter in attendance. In lieu of the town hall, Keizertimes sat down with […]
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Rep. Reschke recaps 2017 session

It was an honor to serve as State Representative for Oregon’s 2017 Legislative Session. This session was intense — the inner workings of state government are challenging when serving in the minority party. I am proud to represent people in House District 56 located from Keno to Lakeview. Source: Rep. Reschke recaps 2017 session | […]
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