Oregon legislature

BREAKING NEWS: Oregon Senate Passes K-12 Budget

By Jim McCoy Wed 26th June NewsOregon budgetOregon legislature
The Oregon Senate has passed two bills that are central to a new state budget but had been stalled. Senators approved a $6.55 billion spending plan for primary and secondary schools, reversing a decision to reject it last week and sending it to the House.Read More »

Vaccination Education Bill Passes Oregon Legislature

By Jim McCoy Wed 19th June Newschild vaccinationsOregon legislature
The Oregon Legislature has passed a bill that would make it more difficult for parents to send their children to school without vaccines. The state House approved the bill 45-15 on Wednesday. It now goes to Gov.Read More »

Oregon Senate Votes Down School Budget

By Jim McCoy Mon 17th June NewsOregon legislatureschool budget
The Oregon Senate has voted down a $6.55 billion budget for primary and secondary schools after one Democrat and all 14 Republicans said it didn't provide enough money. The vote on Monday complicates efforts to put together a state budget. The budget would have increased school funding by $1 billion and allowed most school districts to avoid cutting teachers or school days.Read More »

Oregon Senate Passes Child Vaccination Bill

By Jim McCoy Thu 6th June Newschild vaccinationsOregon legislature
The Oregon Senate has passed a bill that would require parents to consult a physician about vaccines or watch an educational video before refusing them for their children. In a 16-13 vote on Thursday, the Senate approved the bill, which now goes to the House. Oregon has the nation's highest rate of parents refusing vaccinations for their kindergartners. Doctors and publRead More »

Governor Meets With Lawmakers Regarding Oregon Budget

Gov. John Kitzhaber and legislative leaders are meeting at the governor's mansion Monday to try and work through their differences on the state budget. Democrats have majorities in the House and Senate, but they'll need Republican votes to get the new tax revenue they're seeking.Read More »

2013 Oregon Legislature Friendly To Animal Rights

So far, the 2013 Oregon legislative session has been friendly to animals and their defenders.Read More »

Oregon House Votes To Let Community Colleges Compete

By Jim McCoy Thu 23rd May Newscommunity collegesOregon legislature
The Oregon House has given final approval to a bill that would overturn a law barring public community colleges from creating new programs that compete with offerings of for-profit career colleges. The House vote on Thursday sends the bill to Gov. John Kitzhaber, who intends to sign it.Read More »

Legislation for Medical Pot Dispensaries Considered

Oregon legislators are considering a bill to legalize medical marijuana retailers. The Oregonian reports a legislative analysis shows there could be 225 state-licensed dispensaries in two years if the bill is approved. The sponsor, Democratic Rep. Peter Buckley of Ashland, calls the bill a step toward regulating medical marijuana.Read More »

Democrat Tax Plan Goes To Oregon House

By Jim McCoy Wed 17th April NewsOregon legislaturetaxes
An Oregon legislative committee advanced a Democratic plan to raise more tax revenue from corporations and wealthy individuals. The House Revenue committee passed the plan on Wednesday, sending it to the House floor. The plan proposes raising $275 million in additional revenue to balance the state budget.Read More »

Oregon Legislature Takes Up Immigrant License Bill

The Oregon Legislature will begin hearing public testimony on a proposal that would grant short-term driver's licenses to people who live in the country illegally. A Senate committee on Thursday will begin considering Senate Bill 833.Read More »


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