Tag Archives: Oregon Legislature

Colorado bike tax? Republican lawmaker floats the idea.

State Sen. Ray Scott, the assistant majority leader from Grand Junction, wrote on Facebook that he plans to introduce some sort of bicycle tax in the wake of the Oregon legislature voting this month to levy a flat $15 sales tax on bikes worth more than $200. Source: Colorado bike tax? Republican lawmaker floats the […]
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 House District 22 representative reflects on successes of recent session

The end of last week marked “Sine Die” at the Capitol, our way of saying that the legislative session has come to an end. Source: Pamplin Media Group – House District 22 representative reflects on successes of recent session

We must get off the political treadmill and find solutions for Oregon (Guest opinion)

The 2017 legislative session occurred in unique circumstances for the Oregon business community. Source: We must get off the political treadmill and find solutions for Oregon (Guest opinion) | OregonLive.com

New laws will improve criminal justice system | Opinion |

The Oregon Legislature passed two new laws this month that should provide sensible restraints on the government’s power in the criminal justice system.

Panel of lawmakers scores successes, failures of 2017 Oregon legislative session

Four Oregon lawmakers representing south Willamette Valley districts — Sens. Lee Beyer, D-Springfield, and Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, and Reps. Julie Fahey, D-­Eugene, and Cedric Hayden, R-Roseburg — touched on the successes and failures of the 2017 session during a panel discussion at The Register-Guard on Monday evening.

Legislature 2017: One very big disappointment

Oregon Sen. Mark Hass told the Business Journal’s Matthew Kish this week that he considers the 2017 legislative session a “success,” citing the $5.3 billion transportation package and an 11 percent increase in K-12 funding. Still, his description of the session may surprise those of you who know that Hass, who chairs the Senate Revenue […]
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Highlights From the 2017 Legislature

The Oregon Legislature officially adjourned last week, closing a contentious five-month session in which Democrats – which hold the majority in both houses – fought over how to balance the state’s $21 billion budget and how to fix roads and bridges throughout the state. Some hard-fought reforms – including increased renter protections and environmental regulations […]
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Health care for all kids | Opinion |

House Democrats were able to gather enough support from Republicans on Friday to pass the Cover All Kids bill, which is expected to be signed into law by the governor. The bill, which ensures that all children up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level have access to health care as a basic human […]
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Big win for legislative leaders as $5.3 billion transportation plan clears final hurdle

The most ambitious highway upgrades in a generation won final approval from the Legislature Thursday. Source: Big win for legislative leaders as $5.3 billion transportation plan clears final hurdle | OregonLive.com

Oregon Senate Democrats leave lobbying transparency proposals for dead

Proposals that would make it easier for Oregonians to track the influence of money and lobbyists on government appear to be dead as lawmakers count down the hours before they wrap up work and go home. Source: Oregon Senate Democrats leave lobbying transparency proposals for dead | OregonLive.com