Tag Archives: State Law

Weird, obsolete laws exist in the hundreds. Why don’t more states remove them?

Historical statues about runaway pigs, pinball machines and obscene bumper stickers are still occasionally enforced. Here’s why they stay on the books. The policy: Create commissions that sleuth out obsolete laws that could cause harm Where: California, Connecticut, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington Since: 1934 The problem: Laura Tharney […]
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Two New State IoT Laws Go Into Effect on Jan. 1

In 2020, manufacturers of Internet of Things devices will need to comply with new laws in California and Oregon. It may be hard to believe, but the California Consumer Privacy Act is not the only new law that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. Rather, new laws in California and Oregon that regulate […]
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Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Wolf Delisting, Citing Earlier Action By Lawmakers, Governor

The Oregon Court of Appeals dismissed a gray wolf delisting lawsuit Wednesday, citing a change in state law that blocked judicial review. Conservation groups Cascadia Wildlands, Center for Biological Diversity and Oregon Wild sued the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife after its removal of the gray wolf from the Oregon Endangered Species List at […]
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Students, Stress and Suicide

A recent City Club forum took a closer look at Oregon’s new ‘Mental Health Days’ law and how it could help students. In February, a group of Central Oregon students proposed a new bill to the Oregon Legislature—one that would allow high school students the opportunity to take five mental health days over a three-month […]
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LRAPA to review 5 companies under new Cleaner Air Oregon rules

EUGENE, Ore. — Five local facilities will be reviewed by the Lane Regional Protection Agency under the new Cleaner Air Oregon program. The program aims to get an idea of how facilities affect air quality in their communities . Source: LRAPA to review 5 companies under new Cleaner Air Oregon rules | KVAL

Plastic bag ban approaches

Reusable bags will be necessary as law goes into effect Jan. 1. Consumers will notice a major difference when checking out at all stores and restaurants in Oregon, beginning Jan. 1, 2020. That is the date HB 2509, “The Sustainable Shopping Initiative,” takes effect, which prohibits retailers from providing single-use check-out bags to consumers for […]
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Advocates challenge Salem’s proposed sit-lie ordinance homeless

In a letter to the city, advocates offered legal criticisms of the proposed ordinance, arguing it violates state law and the Oregon constitution. Source: Advocates challenge Salem’s proposed sit-lie ordinance homeless

Why a new Oregon law seeks to improve how hate crimes are reported

In late October, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office won the first conviction under Oregon’s new hate crime law. The case involved a 50-year-old man who hurled slurs at two gay men before picking a fight with them. The conviction marks a shift in Oregon’s response to hate crimes under a new law passed earlier […]
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Editorial: Flaw exposed again in public records law

The fight over public records in Douglas County may actually be one of the better things to happen to Oregon’s public records laws. It shows why the laws are important and how they can fail. Douglas County commissioners spent at least $43,000 on lobbying trips to Washington, D.C., using federal money awarded to the county. […]
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Roadkill: Cuisine, or no thanks?

California has passed legislation joining the 27 states, including Oregon, that have approved bills allowing motorists to salvage game animals killed by vehicles. Oregon’s “Roadkill Bill” SB 372, passed unanimously by both Oregon State chambers in 2017, and went into effect on January 1 this year. So has the new law become the latest version […]
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