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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 »

Legislator Pushing For Marijuana Measure

A House committee chairman says the Oregon Legislature should write its own ballot measure to legalize marijuana. Democratic Rep. Phil Barnhart of Eugene tells The Oregonian that if the Legislature doesn't submit a measure to voters, someone else will.Read More »

Oregon House Passes Bill To Help Timber Counties

By Jim McCoy Mon 8th July NewsOregon legislaturetimber payments
The Oregon House has passed a bill that allows financially struggling timber counties to use measures other than property taxes to raise money for public safety. The bill went to the Senate for a vote Monday after passing the House 49-10. Rural counties that once depended on federal timber revenues have been struggling to pay for sheriff's patrols, jails and prosecutors since a fRead More »

Oregon Senate Shelves Toy Toxins Bill

By Jim McCoy Mon 8th July NewsOregon legislaturetoxins in toys
The Senate has shelved a bill that would have phased out toxic chemicals in certain toys and children's products sold in Oregon. By a voice vote Monday, the Senate sent the bill back to committee, where it will likely die.Read More »

Senate Vote Grants Independence To Oregon Universities

The Oregon Senate has passed a bill to allow public universities to break free of the statewide university system. In a 23-7 vote Wednesday, the Senate sent the bill to the House. It's expected to pass, and Gov.Read More »

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