Tag Archives: State Law

Oregon Law Limits Lender Enforcement Actions Against Borrowers

Oregon’s House Bill 4204 (the “Statute”) was signed into law on July 7, 2020, by Governor Kate Brown. The Statute imposes certain limitations on a lender’s right to undertake enforcement action against a borrower on loans secured by commercial or residential property. The Statute will remain in effect for the duration of an “Emergency Period”, […]
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As We See It: Home rule is no more in Oregon

In 2016 Gov. Kate Brown undermined two citizen rights protected under the Oregon Constitution when she signed into law Senate Bill 1573. First was “home rule,” the constitutional protection of Oregon city charters from legislative meddling. Second, her signature dealt a blow to citizen voting, the cornerstone of Oregon Statewide Planning Goal 1,“citizen involvement.” Source: […]
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Opinion | Trump’s crackdown sputters as ‘phased withdrawal’ from Portland begins

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story via the link below, state employees can access this Washington Post story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. The Trump administration and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) have agreed to something of a cease-fire in […]
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Editorial: A new trap in Oregon’s public records law

What if you were told you could not file a complaint against a police officer without the police officer’s name, but police officers were covering up the names on their uniforms with tape over their ID number? Some of you would just march down to the police department and make a public records request — […]
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Rich Vial’s long-shot attempt to be Oregon’s 1st nonpartisan secretary of state fails

Rich Vial needed to gather signatures of at least 1,000 registered voters — in a pandemic. He attracted about half that. Former Deputy Secretary of State Rich Vial failed Saturday in his long-shot attempt to qualify for the November ballot via rarely used provision of state law. Source: Rich Vial’s long-shot attempt to be Oregon’s 1st […]
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Rich Vial’s last hopes for making the Oregon secretary of state race lie in a farm field

Rich Vial has ditched his political party, and failed to attract the interest of Oregon’s non-affiliated and Independent Party voters. Now, as he presses an unlikely bid to become Oregon’s first secretary of state not affiliated with any party, the former Republican lawmaker’s pinning his hopes on a farm field, an FM radio transmitter and […]
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Concerns over local control arise as state figures out how to apply landmark housing law

Oregon House Bill 2001 was designed to make it easier to build denser, less-expensive housing in single-family neighborhoods. Cities have asked for more flexibility as the state prepares to implement it, raising concerns it’ll be watered down. As Oregon prepares to implement a new law intended to spur the development of duplexes and small apartment […]
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Our View: Police public records reform a boon 

  Pressure from the public and efforts of Oregon legislators pushed the state to publish an online database to track public safety officers whose certifications have been denied, suspended or revoked. The database is online here: www.oregon.gov/dpsst/CJ/Pages/Revocations.aspx. The downside is the information only goes back to June 30, when the bill became law. Source: Our View: […]
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State Lawmakers Crack Down on Racially Motivated 911 Calls

Legislators are inspired by viral videos and personal experience. Oregon state Rep. Janelle Bynum, who is Black, tries to seem nonthreatening when she goes door to door to talk to voters. She chooses her clothes carefully. She stops to take notes on her phone at the end of driveways, rather than at front doors. And […]
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Editorial: Redmond man’s case is a challenge for state law

In 2012, Benjamin McCormick, of Redmond, and his family drove to a day use area at Lake Billy Chinook, paid the $5 fee and parked the car. He went to the lake’s edge, ran out on a pier and dove in the water. McCormick, then 23, had done that before on many occasions. This time […]
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