Tag Archives: Senate Bills

Apple drives solar-array construction

Computer giant to buy enough power to run a small city Apple is the customer behind a 56-megawatt solar array — the largest so far in Oregon — that is under construction in Crook County, according to Apple’s latest environmental sustainability report. Source: Apple drives solar-array construction; Computer giant to buy enough power to run […]
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Catastrophically injured Oregonians ask for right to sue for more than $500,000 for suffering

The Senate is expected to vote on a bill that would abolish a $500,000 cap on the amount injured people can collect in lawsuits for noneconomic damages. Amaia Rennie told a state senator that she was 35 years old, healthy and less than five months into her pregnancy when her water broke and she headed […]
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Senate Passes Bill Aimed at Expanding Rural Health Access through For-Profit Clinics

Rep. Mitch Greenlick quashed a very similar bill two years ago because it would have opened the door for non-physicians to run for-profit medical clinics, which he does not believe are as good for patients as nonprofit clinics. The Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a measure designed to expand healthcare access in underserved rural areas, […]
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Editorial: State Senate deserves credit on records reform

Oregon state senators should be praised for overwhelmingly passing a bill last week that sets a deadline for public bodies to respond to public records requests. Senators passed the bill 29-0 and it is now being considered in the House. If passed there, it would set a precedent and close a beginning chapter of ongoing […]
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Backpack safety bill a burden education department shouldn’t have to carry: Editorial

Senate Bill 216, which requires the Oregon Department of Education to distribute information on backpack safety to school districts, is all about good intentions. Anyone who has seen students staggering under the weight of mammoth backpacks, often hanging off one shoulder, can understand the concern that kids are courting pain or injury with the loads […]
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Guest Opinion: Bill would restore justice for those injured by negligence

The Oregon Legislature will soon be voting upon Senate Bill 737, a bill restoring justice to those who have suffered catastrophic injuries due to the negligence of another. In 1987, the Legislature imposed in civil cases an arbitrary $500,000, one-size-fits-all cap on non-economic damages (physical pain, emotional distress, loss of lifestyle and deterioration of the […]
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Plan to dismantle Measure 98 funding scrapped — for now

A proposal by the state’s teachers union to fundamentally alter a voter-approved mandate for college-prep, vocational and dropout prevention funding in Oregon high schools effectively failed last week in Salem – at least for now. Source: Plan to dismantle Measure 98 funding scrapped — for now

Rep. Mitch Greenlick brings his health systems reform to the Oregon House floor this week

The coming weeks will be prime time for pet bills that survived the most recent legislative deadline. While behind the scenes, leaders conduct budget negotiations, the House and the Senate will publicly take up the heartfelt issues-type bills that lawmakers shepherded to the session’s midpoint. Source: Rep. Mitch Greenlick brings his health systems reform to the Oregon House floor […]
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Tensions rising as Oregon Legislature passes halfway mark

Oregon’s 2017 Legislative session hit its halfway mark last week, as hundreds of bills died for lack of committee action. That, in itself, isn’t unusual. It’s part of the regular winnowing process of legislation. Source: Tensions rising as Oregon Legislature passes halfway mark

New Oregon law allows for anonymous marijuana shopping

Shops can no longer assemble ID data on buyers without buyer’s consent Because of a change in Oregon law, pot shops are no longer transcribing customer information at the door without first asking customers for their permission. Source: New Oregon law allows for anonymous marijuana shopping | Local | Eugene, Oregon