Tag Archives: U.S. Congress

Senators offer plan to legalize industrial hemp

Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley have introduced a bill to legalize industrial hemp, with support from Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. A bipartisan group of lawmakers — including Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley — are pushing to legalize industrial hemp in a bill introduced April 12 in Congress. […]
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Perry promises to not sell off BPA assets without Congressional approval

The idea to privatize BPA, which provides wholesale power to electric utilities across the Pacific Northwest, has received strong pushback. Cheap electricity has helped bring industrial development to the Pacific Northwest, but utility companies fear decisions regarding the Bonneville Power Administration will increase rates. Source: Perry promises to not sell off BPA assets without Congressional […]
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Editorial: Trump shifts gears again on marijuana

President Donald Trump last week promised to support legislation protecting the marijuana industry in states, like Oregon, that have legalized the drug. The president made the promise in a conversation with Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, one of those GOP lawmakers who has been pushing back against the anti-pot stance staked out by […]
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Republicans Criticize Spill of Dam Water to Help Salmon

Republican lawmakers are upset with a federal judge’s order to spill water that could be saved for other uses from four Snake River dams to help speed migrating salmon to the Pacific Ocean. Republican members of Congress from the Pacific Northwest are upset with a federal judge’s order to spill water from four Snake River […]
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Trump strikes deal with senator on legalized marijuana

President Donald Trump has promised a top Senate Republican that he will support congressional efforts to protect states that have legalized marijuana – defusing a months-long standoff between Sen. Cory Gardner and the administration over Justice Department nominees. Source: Trump strikes deal with senator on legalized marijuana | OregonLive.com

Our view: Tips and kicks – Editorials 

A tip of the hat to a bill before the U.S. Senate that would legalize hemp. The bipartisan bill — spearheaded by Oregon Democratic senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden along with Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), is known as the Hemp Farming Act of 2018. It would legalize and clearly define hemp as an agricultural commodity […]
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Trump signs ‘FOSTA’ bill targeting online sex trafficking, enables states and victims to pursue websites

Congress amends the Communications Decency Act and four other laws so that websites like Backpage.com cannot claim they are merely hosting illegal content and avoid prosecution for involvement in sex trafficking. President Trump signed a bill Wednesday that gives federal and state prosecutors greater power to pursue websites that host sex-trafficking ads and enables victims […]
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While Congress stalls, states are actually doing something about sexual harassment

There has been an unprecedented number of sexual harassment policy changes at the state level this year. Legislation to prevent sexual harassment in Congress has stalled, even as the #MeToo movement continues to cost lawmakers their jobs. But the opposite is happening in the states, where there has been an unprecedented amount of legislation on this front. […]
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Tribal bill won’t open way for Ashland casino

A tribal restoration bill is being modified to restrict a Siskiyou County tribe from taking Oregon land into trust and potentially building a casino in Ashland, according to the office of the California congressman who is sponsoring the bill. The chairman of the rancheria also said no casino would be built in Oregon. Source: Tribal […]
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Editorial: Casino? Don’t bet on it – Opinion

Ashland leaders are understandably concerned that efforts to restore recognition of a Siskiyou County Indian tribe could lead to a casino on this side of the border. But the chances of that are remote at best and probably years away. The city — as well as Jackson County and the state of Oregon — will […]
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