Tag Archives: Senate Bill

Senate passes bill to raise smoking age to 21

The bill by Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Beaverton, now heads to the House of Representatives, where it has bipartisan support. The Oregon Senate has passed a bill to raise the smoking age to 21. If the House concurs, Oregon would become the third state in the nation to prohibit the sale of tobacco to people […]
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Legislative update: Bill limiting antibiotics for farm animals creates rural-urban divide 

An Oregon Senate committee last week heard arguments about a bill that would limit antibiotic use in farm animals. Source: Legislative update: Bill limiting antibiotics for farm animals creates rural-urban divide | Oregon Politics | nrtoday.com

Our View: Bill would help snuff out teen smoking

The Oregon Senate’s vote to raise the legal tobacco age to 21 probably won’t do much about 18- to 20-year-olds who are already smokers, but it will make it harder for teenagers to start. Senate Bill 754 passed 19-8 on Thursday. Source: Our View: Bill would help snuff out teen smoking – Opinion – MailTribune.com […]
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Warrenton wants Port’s help with levee money

Kujala hopeful about state funds Warrenton is hoping the state will help fund a geotechnical study as part of the city’s efforts to federally certify the levees separating the city from Youngs Bay and the Columbia River. Source: The Daily Astorian

Editorial: Gov. Brown’s Elliott forest plan is a new way to lose

The case to sell the Elliott State Forest is about money for schools. Gov. Kate Brown’s case to keep some of the state forest in public hands has some admirable elements, but it’s not a smart way to use state resources. Source: Editorial: Gov. Brown’s Elliott forest plan is a new way to lose;

Editorial: Ban dogs from drivers’ laps? We need evidence

Most of the talk about distracted driving in recent years has focused on cellphones. Data clearly show the ubiquitous devices can be blamed in many accidents and deaths on the roadways. But Oregon Sen. Bill Hansell, R-Athena, thinks the Legislature needs a separate focus on dogs sitting in drivers’ laps. Hansell is chief sponsor of […]
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Farmworker housing operations tax credit bill moving through Legislature

Senate Bill 1, which is supported by a coalition of agriculture and housing groups, has moved out of the Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue. A proposed tax credit to compensate farmers for half the operational costs of providing worker housing has made some headway in the Oregon Legislature. Source: Oregon Local News – Farmworker […]
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Resolve Elliott dilemma | Opinion 

Revenue bonds would be best solution It’s hard to find anyone who is enthusiastic about the prospect of selling the Elliott State Forest, the largest remnant of a vast patrimony of lands granted to Oregon by the federal government before statehood. Most of those lands were sold for a pittance, often in transactions involving fraud, […]
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Editorial: Oregon should comply with REAL ID

Oregon lawmakers voted in 2009 not to comply with the federal REAL ID Act. Now, there’s just over a year until noncompliance becomes a real problem for travelers, who would be barred from airplanes if they lacked acceptable identification. The state would be better served if lawmakers adopted the changes required by REAL ID and […]
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Editorial: Don’t conceal names of alleged victims and witnesses

“No court shall be secret, but justice shall be administered, openly and without purchase, completely and without delay… ”That’s from the Oregon Constitution. Legislators should remember that when they consider Senate Bill 248. It sets out to wrap Oregon’s grand jury process in even greater secrecy. The bill, co-sponsored by Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, […]
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