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Oregon Senate Votes Down Class-Action Lawsuit Bill

By Jim McCoy Thu 6th March Newsclass-action lawsuitsOregon legislature
The Oregon Senate has voted down a bill that would have used unclaimed money from class-action judgments to boost funding for lawyers who serve the poor. Moderate Democrat Betsy Johnson joined all 14 Republicans to block the measure on Thursday. In Oregon, defendants who lose or settle a class-action lawsuit keep any unclaimed portion of the judgment.Read More »

Legislature Approves 911 Tax For Prepaid Phones

By Jim McCoy Fri 28th February News911 phone taxOregon legislature
The Oregon Legislature has given its final approval to extending 911 emergency taxes to prepaid cellphones. The state Senate unanimously approved the measure on Friday, sending it to Gov. John Kitzhaber. The approval resolves years of conflict over the issue.Read More »

Oregon Sheriffs Ask For Help With Inmate Health Care

By Jim McCoy Mon 24th February NewsinmatesOregon legislature
Oregonians who get arrested and go to jail lose their health insurance benefits, and counties start picking up the cost of their medical care. The Salem Statesman Journal reports that (http://stjr.nl/MoLdff) sheriffs are now asking the Legislature to require health insurers to cover inmates until they stand trial. The sheriffs say that just one inmate with serious health problemsRead More »

Oregon Gun Control Bill Hits A Snag

By Jim McCoy Thu 13th February NewsGun controlOregon legislature
An Oregon bill that would require background checks for private gun sales appears to be in trouble. Senate President Peter Courtney has promised to allow a vote in the full Senate if the measure can get out of the Judiciary Committee.Read More »

Oregon Communities Seek Options To Ban Medical Pot

By Jim McCoy Tue 11th February Newsmedical marijuanaOregon legislature
Oregon lawmakers are considering whether to allow cities and counties to keep out, or at least delay, medical marijuana dispensaries. The Legislature last year approved medical pot stores, but a number of communities don't them and want the right to keep them from opening. A state Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on a bill to allow communities to regulate, restrict or proRead More »

Oregon Special Session Kicks Off Today

By Jim McCoy Mon 3rd February News2014 Special SessionOregon legislature
Oregon lawmakers have officially started the 2014 legislative session. The House and Senate convened Monday morning to begin five weeks of work that's likely to be dominated by debates over the legalization of marijuana, gun control and the proposed Columbia River bridge.Read More »

Proposed Bill Would Mandate Life Sentence For Some Sex Offenders

By Jim McCoy Mon 3rd February NewsOregon legislatureSB 1517sex offenders
A proposed bill would require life sentences without parole for some of Oregon's worst sex offenders. The Salem Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/1foJIqk ) the bill targets "predatory" offenders, those deemed highly likely to abuse children again.Read More »

First Special Session Bill Hits A Snag

The first bill of Oregon's special session has hit a snag in the House. In a Wednesday morning vote, a measure raising taxes for some and lowering them for others came up three votes short of the three-fifths supermajority it needed to pass. Gov. John Kitzhaber has been trying to build support for lowering public-employee pension costs.Read More »

Legislative Panel Consider Special-Session Deal

By Jim McCoy Thu 26th September NewsGov. John KitzhaberOregon legislature
A special-session agreement between Gov.Read More »

Oregon Lawmakers Ready To Write Their Own Pot Legalization Measure

By Jim McCoy Thu 12th September NewsmarijuanaOregon legislature
With momentum growing behind the idea of legal marijuana, leaders in the Oregon House are saying the Legislature should write the bill itself. Even opponents of legalization say that's a better course than risking voter approval next year of a poorly written measure. Two years ago, Oregon voters rejected a measure written by pot activist Paul Stanford - the same year voters in ColorRead More »

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