law and justice

Mugshot Law
4:44 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Attorneys Cast Doubt On Effectiveness Of New Oregon Mugshot Law

A formerly lucrative trade that posted mugshots on commercial websites was undercut last year. That’s because the Oregon legislature passed a law that allows people to have their mugshots removed from these sites for free if they can demonstrate they were never convicted. Before the legislation, they could end up paying hundreds of dollars. But as Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports, it's not clear whether the law is having any impact.

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Oregon Legislature
5:29 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Gavel 2014 Legislative Session To A Close

File photo of the Oregon State Capitol Building
M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 5:22 pm

The Oregon legislature has wrapped up its 2014 legislative session. The final gavel fell Friday afternoon as lawmakers wrapped up the loose ends on a handful of bills.

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New 2014 Laws
4:25 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

New Oregon Laws: Taxes, Texting, Tethering And Tanning

The fine for texting while driving is set to double in the new year.
Jason Weaver Flickr

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 3:49 pm

Call it the year of the "T." Some of the new laws set to take effect in Oregon when the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve involve taxes, texting, tethering and teen tanning.

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New 2014 Laws
4:11 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

New Laws In Washington: Rioting Gets Name Change, Seahawks Fandom Licensed

November 1999 photo of WTO protests in Seattle.
Isabel Esterman Flickr

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 12:36 pm

After January 1, rioting will still be a crime in Washington. But it will get a new name. And Seahawks fans will have a new way to show their loyalty to the team.

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Lobbyist-Paid Meals
4:30 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Washington Lawmakers To Get Clearer Guidance On Lobbyist-Paid Meals

Robert S. Donovan Flickr

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 2:14 pm

Washington lawmakers will soon get clearer guidance on when it’s okay to accept free meals from lobbyists.

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"Escaped" Inmate Verdict
5:33 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Oregon Court Rules Inmate Who Walked Away From Work Detail Did Not 'Escape'

Booking photo of Aaron Cadger
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 5:32 pm

An Oregon appeals court has overturned the escape conviction of an inmate who walked away from a work detail at a county fairground.

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Meals For Lawmakers
5:16 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Washington Ethics Board Tackles Lobbyist-Paid Meals

Robert S. Donovan Flickr

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 1:56 pm

Washington’s Legislative Ethics Board is tackling the issue of how often lawmakers can accept meals from lobbyists. The Board spent nearly two hours behind closed doors Thursday discussing a complaint against several lawmakers who dined out regularly with lobbyists last session.

The complaint was triggered by our investigation with the Associated Press into lawmakers who accept free meals from lobbyists. That’s permitted if legislative business is discussed, but only on an infrequent basis.

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Football Tickets For Lawmakers
4:39 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Football Season Revives Question About Free Tickets For Lawmakers

Bobak Ha'Eri

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 4:33 pm

College football season is here. That means some Washington lawmakers are receiving invitations to attend Husky and Cougar games.

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Marijuana Legalization
4:05 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Concerns Raised About Lack Of Police Resources, Commitment To Combat Illegal Pot

Cannabis Training University Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 3:26 pm

The stated goal of Washington’s new marijuana law is to stop treating adult pot use as a crime. But Washington’s pot consultant says this experiment in legalization will only work if the police aggressively target the black market. And he’s concerned that won’t happen.

The sponsors of Initiative 502 were clear. They said it was time for a “new approach” to marijuana in Washington. They wanted to allow adult pot use, free up law enforcement to focus on violent and property crimes and “take marijuana out of the hands of illegal drug organizations.”

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Oregon Correctional Department
7:07 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Oregon House Passes Reduced Sentencing On Non-violent Crimes

Oregon lawmakers have given the initial approval to a sweeping measure aimed at checking the growth of the state's prison population. The House Thursday passed a bill that reduces some sentences for non-violent crimes. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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