Government and Politics
5:00 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Oregon Court Throws Out Bulk Of Public Pension Overhaul Measures

The Oregon Supreme court has overturned a key piece of reforms to the state's public pension system.
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Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 4:59 pm

The Oregon Supreme Court tossed out much of the state legislature's 2013 attempts to curb pension payouts to retired public workers.

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Gay Rights
5:07 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Judge Proposes Oregon Baker Pay $135,000 In Discrimination Case

An Oregon judge has awarded a same-sex couple $135,000 after a bakery refused to make a cake for their wedding. The bakery has since closed its storefront but is still in business online.

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 2:25 pm

An Oregon judge has proposed awarding a same-sex couple $135,000 in damages after a bakery refused to make a cake for their wedding.

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Oregon Gun Bill
6:50 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Supporters, Opponents Pack Oregon Gun Bill Hearing

A measure in the Oregon legislature would require criminal background checks on most private gun sales.
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Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 6:32 pm

Supporters and opponents of a measure that would require criminal background checks on private gun sales testified at the Oregon Capitol Wednesday.

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Oregon Minimum Wage
7:01 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Oregon Lawmakers To Hear Minimum Wage Proposals

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Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 5:03 pm

The battle over raising Oregon's minimum wage will take center stage in the state legislature Monday.

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Government and Politics
4:58 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Oregon Lawmakers: No Food Stamps For Lottery Jackpot Winners

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Oregon lawmakers decided Wednesday to make it less likely for people who win big at the Oregon Lottery to keep getting public assistance.

The Lottery likes to dangle the possibility of winning big bucks in front of its players. But a 2013 state audit found that in one two-year period, hundreds of Oregonians continued to receive food stamps despite winning lottery payouts of $5,000 or more.

Republican Representative Andy Olson said it went up from there.

"There was one person who won more than $900,000,” Olson said. “So we had a little bit of a problem."

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Northwest News
6:56 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Speed Traps Lurk For Proposals To Increase Highway Speed Limits

The top speed limit in Oregon is 65, compared to 80 in neighboring Idaho.
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We know the old saying that "speed kills" applies to people who drive recklessly. But does it also apply to legislation to raise highway speed limits? An interstate speed limit increase in Washington looks dead, but appears to have a chance in Oregon.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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