Tag Archives: 2019 Legislative Session

‘OPB Politics Now’: Fallout From The 2019 Oregon Legislative Session

It feels like the Oregon legislative session just ended, but we are already seeing the fallout from some of the laws that passed. Public-sector labor unions are suing the state seeking to overturn a new law that reduces their pensions. And another new law aimed at narrowing the death penalty might affect more murder cases than lawmakers […]
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Editorial: Death penalty law in need of fix

Democrats in the 2019 Legislature were determined to effectively gut the state’s death penalty law, and so they did. In fact, they went further than they apparently intended. The new law not only applies to aggravated murder cases yet to occur, it’s retroactive for cases in which new trials or resentencing hearings have been granted […]
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Editorial: Brown was right to spare ditch bill, dam money

Gov. Kate Brown signed House Bill 2437 on Aug. 9, despite an earlier threat to veto the measure that will allow better management of irrigation drainage ditches. It was the right thing to do, despite the criticism her action has gotten from the usual environmental suspects. She was also right to spare money for a […]
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Hansell | To leave or not to leave: That was the question

Much has been written, discussed, opined, and debated about the denying of a quorum for nine days, when the 11 Oregon Senate Republicans made the decision to leave. Since I was one of what became known as the “Oregon 11,” and as I have tried to do with every decision I have ever made as […]
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Our view | Today’s farmers feel whipsawed left and right

Politics and economics are colliding to put the squeeze on American farmers. Yet from Oregon to Washington, D.C., Americans are not paying attention to what’s happening, even though farmers are the bedrock of rural America, not to mention feeding urban and rural America alike. Source: Our view | Today’s farmers feel whipsawed left and right […]
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Capitol roundup: New laws and lawmaker

Brown’s bill signings mark end of 2019 session as 2020 issues loom. A new lawmaker, new laws, veto threats withdrawn, a big meeting and an old hot-button issue were part of the news mix this past week. Gov. Kate Brown had until Friday to sign or veto bills from the 2019 session of the Legislature. […]
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‘OPB Politics Now:’ Oregon’s Gun Control Debate

Major gun legislation failed in Salem during the 2019 legislative session. Yet, the recent horrific mass shootings have once again prompted the gun control debate to take center stage. This week, OPB politics reporters Lauren Dake and Dirk VanderHart and Guns & America’s Jonathan Levinson localize the national conversation around gun control and talk about […]
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Oregon Governor Kate Brown Vetoes Line-Items in House Bill 5050, House Bill 2377

Oregon Governor Kate Brown Friday vetoed one line-item appropriation in House Bill 5050 and issued direction to agencies and her staff on three line-item appropriations; vetoed one line-item reduction of funds in House Bill 2377; and issued a signing letter on House Bill 2437. Oregon Governor Brown submitted the following letters (PDFs) describing in detail […]
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Commentary: ‘Brown’s Revenge’ not good for Oregonians

When Gov. Kate Brown was asked if she planned to use her veto power for retribution, she told a Politico reporter that “revenge is a dish best served cold and slowly.” On Sunday, the governor offered up the first course, announcing that she is considering using her veto power to kill proposals championed by rural […]
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Oregon Governor Preserves Dam Money, Irrigation Bill At Veto Deadline

Gov. Kate Brown on Friday reversed course on two controversial vetoes, after a week in which state lawmakers, local officials and advocacy groups had urged her to reconsider. The governor’s office revealed Friday morning that Brown would allow $4 million in state money to the city of Newport, which will use the money to jump-start […]
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