Tag Archives: Sen. Bill Hansell

Hansell | To leave or not to leave: That was the question

Much has been written, discussed, opined, and debated about the denying of a quorum for nine days, when the 11 Oregon Senate Republicans made the decision to leave. Since I was one of what became known as the “Oregon 11,” and as I have tried to do with every decision I have ever made as […]
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City Closed | Gorge Crowded | Fire Liability | Climate Goals – OPB’s Think Out Loud

The small Morrow County, Oregon, town of Lexington is shut down until further notice. The Columbia River Gorge has seen over a 50% increase in congestion over the past decade, causing dramatic increases in traffic and visitor frustration as parking lots struggle to hold all the vehicles those visitors bring with them. In some parts […]
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Athena senator’s wildfire protection law benefits all | Editorials 

The law, approved unanimously by the Legislature, grants civil immunity to farmers and others fighting wildfires in good faith. Oregon state Sen. Bill Hansell, R-Athena, used common sense — something that, sadly, isn’t all that common — in coming up with legislation to better fight wildfires. His proposal, which unanimously passed the Legislature and was […]
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Hansell: Broken promise led to second walkout

Oregon State Sen. Bill Hansell (R-Athena) joined fellow Republicans and walked out, not showing up Thursday and thus denying the Democratic supermajority a quorum. That prevents them from passing the controversial cap and invest bill. He says he and his party members returned from their first walkout because of promises made by the Democrats, and […]
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Hansell wildfire legislation passes the Legislature

Legislation introduced by Sen. Bill Hansell, R-Athena, unanimously passed the Legislature and was signed into law by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Monday. Senate Bill 290 makes farmers, ranchers and volunteers immune from civil liabilities resulting from wildfire fighting efforts. The legislation was inspired by the Substation Fire, which burned 80,000 acres of land in […]
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Flooded areas in Northeastern Oregon seek emergency declaration

Officials in Eastern Oregon are urging the governor to declare a state of emergency in response to recent flooding. Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps toured flooded areas of Umatilla County on Tuesday. Last week, Phelps declined to recommend an emergency declaration to Gov. Kate Brown, according to Republican state Sen. Bill Hansell, one […]
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Local lawmakers hesitant to commit on vaccine exemptions

Rep. Greg Smith, R-Heppner, hasn’t decided whether to vote for or against a bill to ban non-medical exemptions for vaccinations. “On one hand, you have to protect the community. When parents aren’t stepping in and taking care of their children, it affects society,” Smith said. “On the other, you have parental rights. Should the government […]
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Why Eating Roadkill Makes Roads Safer for People and Animals 

States are legalizing roadkill salvaging to feed communities and track animal migration. It’s taco night at the Lindskoog household in this suburban community 20 miles west of Boise. Nate Lindskoog has seasoned the red meat sizzling in his cast-iron skillet with a mixture of chili powder and Himalayan pink salt. In a few minutes, he […]
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Dennis Richardson remembered as gracious public servant, friend

State lawmakers from Eastern Oregon recalled Secretary of State Dennis Richardson as a gracious man and hard-working public servant. They also called Richardson their friend. Richardson was Oregon’s first Republican secretary of state in 30 years. He died Tuesday from brain cancer. He was 69. Source: Dennis Richardson remembered as gracious public servant, friend | […]
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Senator Hansell sponsors more than 70 bills in 2019 session

Sen. Bill Hansell (R-Athena) might be in the super-minority in the Oregon Legislature, but don’t tell him that. The sixth-year Oregon senator has introduced more than 70 bills already, and the Legislature is in only its third week of the 2019 session. Hansell said he is committed to serving his constituents in District 29. Source: […]
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