Tag Archives: 2019 Legislative Session

Editorial: Cats and dogs run rampant in Legislature

It’s early in the legislative session, which means it’s time for what legislators like to call “cats and dogs” — bills on matters that are somewhat less weighty than measures to, say, balance the state’s budget. Source: Editorial: Cats and dogs run rampant in Legislature

Official state pet? Plastic straw ban? 18 eye-catching Oregon bills introduced in 2019

They’re among a handful of the 2,000-plus bills introduced by Oregon lawmakers so far this year. Source: Official state pet? Plastic straw ban? 18 eye-catching Oregon bills introduced in 2019

Editorial: Don’t give the vote to 16-year-olds

Oregonians, like other Americans, can vote when they turn 18. That may change, however, if a handful of state lawmakers have their way. They believe 16-year-olds should be given the vote, and they’ve introduced legislation that would put the question before the people of Oregon. State Sen. Shemia Fagan, D-Clackamas, told reporters this week that […]
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Making sense of cap and trade

The trio of state legislators on the video screen in the Blue Mountain Community College conference room left no doubt they are not in love with Oregon’s cap and trade proposal. Nine people sat around the BMCC conference room table sipping coffee and chatting with Sen. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, Rep. Greg Barreto, R-Cove, and Sen. […]
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Sara Gelser: Why I back Clean Energy Jobs bill 

According to the latest reports from the world’s climate scientists, the need to address climate change has never been more crucial. Already we are seeing the impact of our carbon footprint. News of wildfires, drought, floods and food shortages dominates our papers and airwaves. Without meaningful action to cap carbon emissions, the problems will only […]
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Commissioners: No to proposed regional bridge district 

Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, John Lindsey and Will Tucker were unanimous Tuesday morning in their opposition to a proposal by Rep. Paul Evans, D-Monmouth, to create a multi-county taxing district supporting construction of a bridge over the Willamette River in Salem. Evans introduced House Bill 2974 on Friday. It would create a Capital Region […]
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Statewide rent control headed for final vote

Panel sends bill to the House, despite opposition from Helt and Zika. Statewide rent control took a step closer to reality Wednesday with the approval of a key House panel. The House Human Services and Housing Committee approved Senate Bill 608 on a 6-3 vote. Rep. Cheri Helt, R-Bend, and Rep. Jack Zika, R-Redmond, voted […]
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Editorial: Change in pot testing law isn’t ready

Among the 20 bills before the Oregon Legislature that deal with marijuana are a pair that should be given short shrift, at least for now. Senate Bill 379 and House Bill 2655 are identical and identically flawed. They would forbid employers from denying jobs to or firing anyone found to have a legal substance in […]
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Lawmakers Focus On Oregon’s Suicide Problem – The Lund Report (Premium Story)

Ten days before her 10th birthday, Sara Scofield was sitting in the kitchen of her Eugene home, waiting for breakfast, when her mother’s scream pierced through the house. “Get help,” her mother cried, running into the kitchen. Request full-text (State Agency patrons only) Source: Lawmakers Focus On Oregon’s Suicide Problem | The Lund Report

After Public Fiasco, Oregon Lawmakers Want to Make Sexual Harassment Complaints Confidential

The Legislature’s attempt to fix its sexual harassment reporting process is off to a rough start. Source: After Public Fiasco, Oregon Lawmakers Want to Make Sexual Harassment Complaints Confidential