Tag Archives: House Bills

Fair-pay bill just the first step toward equality

April 4, 2017, was Equal Pay Day in the United States, which means that on average, women had to work all of 2016 plus four months into 2017 to catch up to what men earned last year. Women of color have to wait even longer to catch up — particularly Latina women, who finally earned […]
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Court to consider appeal for Damascus cityhood

Former councilor James De Young leads legal effort at Oregon Court of Appeals. The Oregon Court of Appeals will consider the legality of the vote that disincorporated Damascus on May 17, 2016. The legal challenge is being led by James De Young, a former Damascus city councilor and longtime resident. Source: Court to consider appeal […]
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‘Resident Rights Month’ focus in October

Across the state, Oregonians living in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities had what State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Fred Steele hopes will be considered a very successful Residents’ Rights Month, recognized each October. This month has seen considerable strides taken by Oregon leadership and partners towards enhancing the respect and dignity that should be […]
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Decriminalizing hard drugs a polarizing issue

Local law enforcement concerned decriminalization of hard drugs ineffective. It is no longer a felony in Oregon to be in possession of small amounts of hard drugs — the first time around. As per House Bill 2355, first-time offenders found with usable amounts of heroin, methamphetamines, cocaine and other hard drugs are charged with a […]
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Nosse Plans Drug Price Transparency Bill for Oregon in 2018

President Trump has decried PhRMA, accusing the drug companies of “getting away with murder,” but so far Congress has taken only baby steps to the problem of surging drug costs, passing a provision from Rep. Kurt Schrader to ease the approval of generic competition to so-called “orphan drugs.” Source: Nosse Plans Drug Price Transparency Bill […]
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New pharmacy board rules could provide life-saving option for Oregon diabetics

If you are a diabetic, you require insulin to live. Without it, your blood sugars will go dangerously high. You will fall into a diabetic coma. You could die. These are the terrifying facts for thousands of insulin-dependent diabetics in Oregon. Most of the time, they live regular lives like you and me. Source: New […]
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Prison Population | Gun Owners – OPB’s Think Out Loud

  A new prison population forecast from Oregon’s Office of Economic Analysis shows that the number of women inmates in Oregon is projected to decline by 8 percent in the next decade. They attribute it primarily to a new law designed to help Oregon avoid opening a second women’s prison. We hear more about the Oregon Safety and […]
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Forecast: Oregon Prison Populations to Decrease

Oregon’s prison population is expected to drop over the next three years, according to a report from the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis. Doug Harcleroad says the reason for the decrease is House Bill 3194. He’s senior policy advisor for Oregon Anti-Crime Alliance. Source: Forecast: Oregon Prison Populations to Decrease . News | OPB

Nominees for new economic board head to Gov. Brown

The lists of people nominated for the seven positions on the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board have been submitted to the Oregon governor’s office. This was the first step in the selection process for the board. House Bill 2012, a bill co-sponsored by Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek and Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, was […]
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Will Oregon women still get no-cost birth control after Trump rollback?

On Friday, President Donald Trump took the expected step of allowing more employers to use a moral or religious reason to opt out of the Affordable Care Act stipulation requiring insurance plans to offer no-cost birth control for women. Under the ACA, the number of women paying for birth control dropped from 21 percent to […]
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