Tag Archives: 2019 Legislative Session

2019 Legislature and landowner rights

At long last, the 2019 Oregon Legislature adjourned on June 30. The session was dominated by big issues – taxes, climate change, rent control, criminal law etc. and cooperation between legislators was almost non-existent. But despite emotions, high drama, and big issues, a number of land use/property bills were able to get through the legislative […]
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New state laws take effect today

Oregonians will see several new laws go into effect today, as it is the 91st day following the most recent legislative session’s adjournment. A news release from the Senate Majority Office gave a rundown of those laws passed during this year’s legislative session and a brief outline of what enforcement of these laws would entail. […]
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Guest column: Oregon is in a crisis of it’s own making

Oregon dodged a bullet but still was badly wounded by our Legislature. One thing is clear. It does not listen to the electorate but charged off on a frolic and detour of its own making. A gross receipts tax was imposed despite a very similar bill being soundly defeated but a few years ago. Source: […]
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Brown reflects on 2019 session during LO appearance

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown made a brief visit to Lake Oswego last week when she stopped by a monthly gathering of the Willamette Women Democrats Sept. 12 to talk about what state lawmakers were able to accomplish in 2019 and what’s on the horizon. With supermajorities in both houses of the legislature, Oregon Democrats had […]
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Two sides see things differently over governor calling off death penalty special session

Fiona Pendergast is horrified that a new Oregon law could give Dayton Leroy Rogers a path to avoiding the death penalty. “I don’t know if the public understands how important it is to us that he face as much justice as possible for what he’s done to us,” said Pendergast. Rogers received the death penalty […]
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Brown reflects on 2019 session during Lake Oswego appearance

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown made a brief visit to Lake Oswego last week when she stopped by a monthly gathering of the Willamette Women Democrats Sept. 12 to talk about what state lawmakers were able to accomplish in 2019 and what’s on the horizon. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Brown reflects on 2019 session during […]
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Schools gear up for new laws addressing teen mental health

If it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a village to save one. Two new laws aimed at destigmatizing mental health and preventing youth suicides will take effect in schools this year, but experts say laying a better path for young people requires a “community approach.” Source: Pamplin Media Group – […]
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Legislative Actions Could Chip Away At Oregon’s Landmark Voter Registration System

Oregon’s groundbreaking automatic voter registration system has led to big increases in the number of people voting. But passage of a controversial bill allowing undocumented residents to get an Oregon driver’s license could also have the unintended effect of eroding the effectiveness of automatic voter registration. In addition, legislators this year made a small budget cut that […]
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Rep. Witt: Legislative update, financial forecast

The news out of the State’s Office of Economic Analysis was mostly positive this week with the release of the state’s third quarter Economic and Revenue Forecast. Oregon continues to see healthy rates of economic growth, however we are not immune to national and international developments. While topline manufacturing indicators in the state look good, […]
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Narrowing the rural/urban divide

While city dwellers have different needs than those of small eastern Oregon towns, experts say the debate is more nuanced than most think. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Narrowing the rural/urban divide