Oregon

Timber Payments
5:43 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

County Timber Payments May Get Extension

The Secure Rural Schools Act provides payments in lieu of taxes for timber-dependent counties in Oregon and other states.
Credit Sean Mack / Wikimedia Commons

Oregon's congressional delegation is hoping to secure a two year extension of timber payments to rural counties. The Secure Rural Schools provision is in a bill the U.S. House is voting on this week.

The Secure Rural Schools Act provides payments in lieu of taxes for timber-dependent counties in Oregon and other states.

Oregon Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio said this bill helps counties while lawmakers try to find a long term solution to funding shortfalls.

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Oregon Blood Drives
7:26 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Oregon Blood Drives Could Soon Require More Medical Oversight

A bill in the Oregon House would require that a doctor or nurse to be on hand for all blood donations.
illinois-state-homecoming Flickr

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 4:47 pm

The Oregon House is set to vote Monday on a measure that would require a doctor or nurse to be on hand when you donate a pint of blood.

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Conversion Therapy Ban
7:23 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Oregon House Approves Ban On 'Conversion Therapy' For Youth

M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 4:20 pm

Oregon lawmakers gave initial approval Tuesday to a bill that would ban so-called "conversion therapy" on youth.

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Greyhound Racing
7:50 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Greyhound Racing Ban Falters In Oregon Legislature

Multnomah Greyhound Park, a former dog track in Wood Village, Oregon, closed in 2004.
A. F. Litt Flickr

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 9:18 am

You might think that a bill that would outlaw something that doesn't even take place in Oregon might sail through the legislature.

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REAL ID Act
5:02 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Showdown Looming Between Northwest States, Feds Over Driver's Licenses

In 2016, state-issued IDs must meet heightened security standards to board a commercial flight.
Washington Department of Licensing

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 4:05 pm

Washington, Oregon and Idaho are trying to figure out how to keep their state driver’s licenses from becoming obsolete in the eyes of the federal government.

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New Oregon Governor
4:51 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Kate Brown Tells Reporters She Wants To 'Put My Own Imprint On Oregon'

Kate Brown takes questions during her first press conference as Oregon Governor.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 2:54 pm

Oregon's new governor promised continuity for the most part as she faced the press for the first time since taking the oath of office on Wednesday.

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Carbon Emissions
5:25 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Oregon Senate Votes To Extend Low-Carbon Fuels Despite Link To Ethics Scandal

Senate Bill 324 would ultimately would reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels by 10 percent over a decade.
Credit AP Images

The Oregon Senate voted Tuesday to extend the state's low-carbon fuel program. The decision came despite objections from Republicans that the plan is tainted by the ethics scandal surrounding Governor John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes.

Senate Bill 324 would lift the 2015 sunset on Oregon's low-carbon fuel program. That would ultimately would reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels by 10 percent over a decade.

But the plan has gotten caught up in a swarm of accusations of influence peddling in the governor's office.

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New Governor
4:41 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Kate Brown Sworn In As Oregon Governor

Kate Brown is sworn in as governor in the Oregon state capitol.
Alan Sylvestre OPB

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 4:38 pm

Kate Brown has been sworn in as Oregon's 38th governor.

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Seat Belts
4:38 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Oregon Seat Belt Blitz

Police agencies across Oregon are participating in a two-week traffic safety campaign focused on proper seat belt use.

State law requires that children under 40 pounds use a car seat.

Last year, nearly a third of children killed or injured in Oregon crashes were not wearing the proper restraint.

Multnomah County Sheriff’s spokesman Lieutenant Steve Alexander says kids are much safer in car seats.

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Minimum Wage
4:16 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Minimum Wage Battle Brewing In Salem

Shaundd Wikimedia

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 4:11 pm

Oregon lawmakers are set to consider a measure that would raise the wage to $15 per hour.

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