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Legislature Considering Background Checks On Private Gun Sales

By Jim McCoy Thu 26th March NewsGun controlOregon legislature

Oregon Democrats are taking the first step toward requiring background checks on private gun sales.

A bill introduced on Thursday could begin moving through the Legislature as soon as next week.

Gun control advocates have tried for years to expand Oregon's background check requirement.Read More »

Legislature Addressing Google's Concerns With Tax

By Jim McCoy Mon 23rd March NewsGoogle fiberOregon legislature
The state Senate plans to address concerns Google has with a bill that was intended to entice Google Fiber to Portland. The Oregon House of Representatives approved the legislation last week despite a warning from Google that doing so would make it "extremely unlikely" the company would bring hyper-fast Internet service to the Portland area. The bill tried to address a provisionRead More »

Two Bills Would End Daylight Savings Time

By Jim McCoy Wed 11th March NewsDaylight Savings TimeOregon legislature

The twice-a-year ritual of resetting clocks would come to an end under two bills introduced in the Oregon Senate.

A Senate committee held a brief discussion Tuesday on eliminating daylight saving time in Oregon. It did not vote on the bills.

The idea has cropped up in more than a half-dozen statehouses, but it's generated more talk than action.Read More »

Lawmakers Could Alter 5th Year High School Program

By Jim McCoy Mon 9th March News5th year high schoolOregon legislature
Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that could alter or eliminate fifth-year programs designed to help high school students be successful in college. The Democrat-Herald newspaper says (http://is.gd/QW8oTV ) allows students in certain districts to defer getting a high school diploma.Read More »

Bill Would Allow Raw Milk To Be Advertised In Oregon

By Jim McCoy Wed 25th February NewsOregon legislatureraw milk
Raw milk producers in Oregon are asking legislators to let them legally advertise their product. Oregon is among 30 states that allow the sale of unpasteurized milk, but it sets tight restrictions. A law on the books since the 1950s says sellers of raw milk can't advertise.Read More »

Oregon Senate Passes Fuel Bill

By Jim McCoy Wed 18th February Newsclean fuels billOregon legislature
On Gov. John Kitzhaber's last full day in office, the Oregon Senate passed a climate change bill that was one of his top legislative priorities. The approval in a 17-13 vote on Tuesday sends the measure to the state House. The bill would extend Oregon's low-carbon fuel standard, an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that was approved in 2009 but not implemented.Read More »

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 »


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