Oregon legislature

BREAKING NEWS: Oregon Senate Passes Bill Giving Local Discretion on Native American Mascots

By Jim McCoy Wed 10th April NewsNative American mascotsOregon legislature
The Oregon Senate has passed a bill that would loosen a new state policy that requires schools to erase Native American logos from uniforms, sports fields, trophy cases and other items. Under the bill passed Wednesday by the Senate, schools would be able to keep Native American mascots if they don't bother local tribes.Read More »

Budget Panel Approves Democratic Proposal for PERS Reform

By Jim McCoy Fri 5th April NewsOregon legislaturePERS
The budget committee of the Oregon Legislature has approved a Democratic effort to curb pension benefits to the full Senate. The committee supported the legislation in a party-line vote Friday. Republicans objected, saying the savings are too small to effectively deal with rising pension costs. They also objected to plans to push $350 million worth of payments into future years.Read More »

Legislature Examines Gun Control Bills

By Jim McCoy Fri 5th April NewsGun controlOregon legislature
Gov. John Kitzhaber has called for expanding gun sale background checks and for new restrictions on carrying guns in elementary and secondary schools as Oregon's Legislature began hearing testimony on gun control bills. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday began hearings on a package of four gun bills.Read More »

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Land Use Loophole

Some Oregon lawmakers are prepared to block land use laws to land an electronics factory that would invest more than $1 billion and employ at least 1,000 workers. The Oregonian reports Hillsboro is reportedly one of three finalists for the unannounced project known as Project Azalea. Sen.Read More »

Legislative Committee Holds Hearing on Crisis Pregnancy Center Regulatory Bill

Today, the Oregon Senate Committee on Health Care and Human Services is holding a 3 p.m. hearing on Senate Bill 490, legislation introduced by Planned Parenthood.Read More »

Oregon State Fair May Get New Management

By Jim McCoy Mon 1st April NewsOregon legislatureOregon State Fair
Oregon legislators are considering a bill to turn the state fair over to an independent public corporation. The move is another attempt to deal with the finances of the fair and its facilities. The fair itself makes a profit, but the expenses of running its exposition center year round turn the operation into a money-loser - more than $7 million in the current two-year budget peRead More »

Democratic Pension Bill Moves Forward In Oregon Legislature

By Jim McCoy Thu 28th March NewsbudgetOregon legislaturePERS
An Oregon Senate committee has advanced a Democratic plan to cut pension benefits for retired government workers. In a 3-2 party-line vote Thursday, the Senate Rules Committee sent the measure to the budget committee.Read More »

Lawmakers Hear Democrats' Pension Proposal

By Jim McCoy Wed 27th March Oregon legislaturepension proposal
Oregon legislative committees will hear from the public Wednesday about a Democratic proposal to trim pension benefits for retired public employees. The plan has angered public-employee unions, whose leaders say it would violate a contractual agreement between the state and its workers.Read More »

Legislators Considering Bills That Regulate GMO

Oregon lawmakers have begun hearing testimony on bills to regulate genetically modified food, crops and fish. The House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on Thursday heard from supporters and opponents of a proposed ban on importing genetically modified fish into Oregon, and of three bills requiring food labeling on genetically engineered products. Supporters say conRead More »

Legislature Considers Domestic Drone Regulation, Opponents Voice Concerns

By Jim McCoy Wed 20th March NewsdronesOregon legislature
Oregon lawmakers have heard from hobbyists and businesses concerned about a bill to regulate the use of drones by private citizens and law enforcement agencies. Hobbyists told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday the bill would restrict their fun.Read More »

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