Tag Archives: U.S. Congress

Bill would lower medical costs for Jackson County Jail

People lodged in the Jackson County Jail while awaiting trial would no longer lose their federally funded health insurance under a bill introduced this week by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon. If approved by Congress, the bill could help ease the financial burden Jackson County takes on when inmates lose Medicare, Medicaid and veterans’ benefits. Source: […]
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Half-way hemp law puts shippers in a bind

When Congress does something half-way, it can cause more problems than it solves. That’s certainly true of the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized hemp nationwide as an agricultural crop. What Congress didn’t do was make sure farmers growing hemp could ship it to buyers across the country without fear that over-zealous police officers would seize […]
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Census outcome could give Oregon a sixth seat in the House

Oregon residents are preparing for 2020 census. Oregon residents will start to receive letters in March asking for general information about themselves for the 2020 census, the official count of U.S. residents every 10 years. Until then, U.S. Census Bureau officials and staff at the Portland State University Population Research Center are working to educate […]
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Census outcome could give Oregon a sixth seat in the House

Oregon residents will start to receive letters in March asking for general information about themselves for the 2020 census, the official count of U.S. residents every 10 years. Until then, U.S. Census Bureau officials and staff at the Portland State University Population Research Center are working to educate the public about the census. The agencies […]
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Federal funding boost could help hatcheries

Money needed to help sustain salmon work. Right now, in a dark, damp building at the Big Creek Fish Hatchery, 1.8 million salmon eggs grow. They fill row after row of the rectangular man-made ponds, clustered together by the thousands. Employees work in the dark, using only dim headlights to prepare, sort and collect the […]
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Oregon, Idaho lawmakers seek renewal for PILT funding

Oregon’s Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, along with Idaho’s Republican Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo are seeking at least a two-year renewal of Payments in Lieu of Taxes and the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self- Determination Act programs. Both programs reimburse rural counties of loss of funds from federal lands. Source: […]
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Wyden seeks nominations for wild and scenic rivers

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is calling on the public to nominate rivers that should be protected under the national list of Wild and Scenic Rivers. Congress enacted the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968 to preserve rivers that offered extraordinary natural, cultural and recreational value for the public. The act protects the free-flowing […]
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Federal bill may make cash-only cannabis business a thing of past

The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed a bill with bipartisan support that would open up banks for legal cannabis-related businesses, but what happens next is up to the Senate Source: Federal bill may make cash-only cannabis business a thing of past – News – The Register-Guard – Eugene, OR

Guest column: Oregon creators deserve the CASE Act

As photographers who have lived and worked in the state of Oregon for decades, we’ve both worked diligently to build solid small businesses that help sustain the livelihoods of our families. Being a creator is a wonderful and extremely personal experience, and it’s one that we love and have worked hard to achieve and master. […]
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Time to get public lands protections over the finish line

Last week we lost Mary Gautreaux, Sen. Ron Wyden’s deputy state director, who cared deeply for Oregon’s public lands and rivers. Few people knew Oregon’s public lands — and how to get things done for them — like Mary. Behind the scenes, she won many battles, but there were a few that didn’t quite get […]
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