Tag Archives: House Bills

Oregon Public Defenders Snubbed By State Lawmakers

A bill that would’ve boosted Oregon’s public defenders died as a result of the derailed legislative session in Salem. House Bill 4004 would’ve established performance and case standards, and eliminated a requirement for the state to run a public defense system built around being as cost effective as possible. Source: Oregon Public Defenders Snubbed By State Lawmakers

20 bills that died in the Oregon Legislature after Republicans walked out

Oregon’s Legislature was supposed to meet for five weeks. But three weeks in, Republicans walked out and, day after day, stayed away. Unable to pass bills, Democrats gave up Thursday and abruptly adjourned the session. Source: 20 bills that died in the Oregon Legislature after Republicans walked out – oregonlive.com

Oregon Legislature passes 3 bills during 2020 legislative session

Oregon lawmakers introduced 258 bills in the 2020 session, but with an extended Republican walkout shutting down the Legislature, only three passed and were signed into law. Those that made it: increased by $10 the fee for cultural registration license plates; required the Department of Education to create a form for schools to use after a student is diagnosed […]
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Oregon Democrats advance ‘more aggressive’ potential paths to regulate carbon emissions

At House Speaker Tina Kotek’s direction this week, Democrats advanced three new pieces of legislation that largely mirror initiatives that environmentalists are working to get on the November ballot. Source: Oregon Democrats advance ‘more aggressive’ potential paths to regulate carbon emissions

Editorial: Veterinarian bill sidelined for now

Oregon veterinarians apparently won’t begin participating in the state’s prescription drug monitoring program any time soon. Source: Editorial: Veterinarian bill sidelined for now

Oregon modeling addiction treatment bill around Columbia Co. success

The judicial system can be a revolving door for families dealing with addiction. The severity can be much worse when children are involved and their parents are in jail. Source: Oregon modeling addiction treatment bill around Columbia Co. success

CAT offers free fare to local students

Partnering with the School District, Hood River County Transportation District (Columbia Area Transit, or CAT) has allocated funds for the Free Pass Program to Hood River County Public School District Middle and High School students who have a valid Hood River County School ID. Last, year, the Oregon Legislature enacted the Keep Oregon Moving Act […]
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Oregon bill would ban pesticide used to spray crops

Activists and families are working to ban a pesticide in Oregon. If successful, Oregon would become the fourth state to take a stand against a chemical that not only kills pests but, according to researchers, can also cause harmful health problems. House Bill 4109, also known as The Healthy Kids and Farmworkers Act, is looking […]
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Bill would advance timber deal

The fate of the landmark deal signed between a coalition of timber companies and environmental groups depends on lawmakers acting on legislation that would reform certain Oregon logging practices. The deal brokered by Gov. Kate Brown and announced earlier this month outlines a process for the two warring sides to set aside prospective ballot initiatives […]
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$45 million homelessness emergency bill advances in Oregon Legislature

A bill to provide $45 million to open homeless shelters and to allow them to be located regardless of zoning, planning and design rules got unanimous support from the House Rules Committee Friday. Lawmakers from both parties agreed that the fact that roughly 6,000 Oregonians sleep outside in communities all around the state constitute an […]
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