Tag Archives: House Bills

What Can Louisiana Teach Oregonians About Banning Split-Jury Convictions?

When recent Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jim Mustian visited Portland for a story last year, the issue of split-jury convictions wasn’t on most Oregonians’ radar. Source: What Can Louisiana Teach Oregonians About Banning Split-Jury Convictions?

Outdoor festival permit bill passes Oregon House

Counties could require permits for outdoor mass gatherings to ensure they don’t interfere with agriculture under a bill unanimously passed April 16 by the Oregon House. Source: Outdoor festival permit bill passes Oregon House

My View: Let voters decide who gets driver’s license

Responsible citizens should step forward, defend government by the people, and demand that the Legislature refer House Bill 2015 to a vote of rank-and-file Oregonians. Source: My View: Let voters decide who gets driver’s license

Oregon lawmakers weigh bill allowing undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses

House Bill 2015 would eliminate the requirement that a person provide proof of legal residency to obtain a non-commercial driver’s license, driver’s permit, or ID card. Source: Oregon lawmakers weigh bill allowing undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses

Rep. Salinas aims to protect drinking water

House Rep. Andrea Salinas, D-Lake Oswego, wants to start a conversation about the health of watersheds across the state that supply our communities with drinking water. Source: Rep. Salinas aims to protect drinking water

Opinion: Incarceration won’t fix our drug crisis

I have lost my mom and three friends to opioid overdoses. I spent five years addicted to heroin, and I was sentenced to five years in prison for the overdose death of one of my best friends. Despite the era of mass incarceration in which we live, rates of drug use and overdose death continue […]
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Our Opinion: A modest fix for Oregon records law

Our reporting for the ‘Rattled in Oregon’ concussion series proves why the 2019 Oregon Legislature should approve House Bill 2353. Oregon legislators like to talk about government transparency and accountability. Making those things actually happen can be more difficult. Here’s a timely example. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Our Opinion: A modest fix for Oregon […]
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For senators working to tighten laws on teacher sexual misconduct investigations, deja vu in 2019

It’s been 10 years since Oregon lawmakers Sara Gelser and Arnie Roblan sat on the House Education Committee and ushered through a bill requiring the state’s school districts to draft rules addressing sexual misconduct by teachers. The legislation was a response to a 2008 Oregonian investigation that found officials all too often let problem teachers […]
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Opinion: For rural Oregon, clean-energy bill is an economic opportunity

Over the past several weeks at five hearings around the state, Oregonians have heard a lot about House Bill 2020, a bill that would create an economy-wide cap-and-invest program. While a poll shows public opinion broadly favors the concept, voices in the debate have frequently focused on the costs – costs of action, costs of […]
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Oregon Democrats’ legislative priorities come alive as Republican frustrations rise

Top legislative priorities for Oregon Democrats are still moving forward as the 2019 Legislature enters its second half, although Republicans have begun considering ways to slow the process in protest of a few contentious bills. On the Senate side, Republican lawmakers have been inundated with calls from gun rights activists calling on them to stop Senate Bill 978 — the […]
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