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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 »

Legislative Panel Getting Earful From Both Sides of Clean Fuels Issue

By Jim McCoy Mon 18th March Newsclean fuelsOregon legislature
Environmentalists are expected to face off with oil company officials at a legislative hearing Monday on continuing Oregon's clean fuels program. Environmental groups want the Legislature to extend the Oregon Clean Fuels Program beyond its current expiration in 2015.Read More »

Legislature Considering Multi-Year Hunting, Fishing Licenses

Oregon legislators are considering a bill to allow hunters and fishermen to buy licenses good for more than just one year. The Medford Mail Tribune reports a House committee has recommended the bill for passage. A Fish and Wildlife Department official says it could consider licenses good for up to five years at a discount of perhaps 10 percent of what five one-year licenses wouldRead More »

State Senate Passes Bill To Consider A Convict's Military Status

By Jim McCoy Mon 11th March NewsCrimeOregon legislatureVeterans
The Oregon Senate has unanimously passed a bill that would require courts to consider a veteran's military background during criminal sentencing hearings. The bill now moves to the House.Read More »

Bill Looks To Raise Fines For Cell Phone Use While Driving

By Jim McCoy Tue 12th February Newscell phone useOregon legislature
Motorists caught talking on their cell phones or texting while driving would face stiffer fines - up to $1,000 - under a bill that is being considered in the Oregon Legislature. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved the bill put forth by Senate President Peter Courtney.Read More »

Legislature In Special Session Discussing Nike-Related Bill

By Jim McCoy Fri 14th December NewsNikeOregon legislature
The Oregon Legislature meets in special session Friday to consider a tax deal for Nike Inc. in return for jobs. Gov.Read More »

Kitzhaber: Process Awkard, But Bill Is Critical

By Jim McCoy Thu 13th December NewsGov. John KitzhaberNikeOregon legislature
Gov. John Kitzhaber acknowledges his decision to abruptly call the Legislature into special session to approve a tax incentive for Nike is "extraordinarily awkward." But the governor says the potential economic development benefits are worth it.Read More »

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