Oregon Legislature

Kitzhaber State-of-the-State Address
4:09 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Kitzhaber Urges Oregon Lawmakers To Keep Cooperating

Office of the Governor

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 5:12 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is urging state lawmakers to maintain bipartisan cooperation even though Democrats now control both chambers of the legislature. The governor made the comments in his annual State-of-the-State Address to a joint assembly Monday.

He told lawmakers they’ve made progress on a number of issues while the Oregon House has been evenly divided.

“Over the past two years, this body has demonstrated that it is not only possible to disagree agreeably, but to move beyond what divides us and build instead on what unites us.”

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Ore. House Speaker
5:03 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Kotek Set To Make History As Nation's First Openly Lesbian House Speaker

Oregon Legislature

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 5:44 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers are poised to make history Monday by electing the first ever openly lesbian Speaker of the House. Not just in Oregon, but in the country. Portland Democrat Tina Kotek will lead the chamber as lawmakers tackle the state budget, pension reform, and other issues. One issue not on her agenda: Same-sex marriage.

Kotek won't be the first openly gay person to lead a legislative chamber in the U.S. There have been at least four others. But she'll be the first woman. She calls that “humbling.”

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Nike Bill Passed
6:35 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Oregon Legislature Passes 'Nike Bill'

The bill to give Nike a tax freeze guarantee passed both Oregon chambers Friday afternoon.
Credit Jessica Paterson / Flickr

The Oregon Legislature has approved a bill designed to give sports apparel maker Nike special tax status. Gov. John Kitzhaber called the legislature into special session in order to act quickly to ensure the Beaverton-based company didn't locate a major expansion in another state.

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Oregon Special Session
5:36 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Oregon Lawmakers Mull Nike Proposal In Special Session

A view of the Nike World Headquarters campus in Beaverton, Ore.
Credit Brandon Carson / Flickr

Oregon lawmakers are meeting in a rare special session to consider a proposal to give Nike a unique tax deal. The measure has passed out of committee but its ultimate fate remains unclear Friday afternoon.

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Nike Tax Bill
5:27 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Protestors Urge Oregon Lawmakers To Reject Nike Bill

People protesting the “Nike bill” gather outside the Oregon capitol building Friday morning.
Credit Chris Lehman

Protesters outside the Oregon capitol building Friday are urging lawmakers to reject a bill to give Nike special tax status. Lawmakers are meeting in special session to consider the measure. It would allow the governor to freeze the way Oregon calculates the shoe giant’s corporate income taxes. In exchange, the Beaverton-based company would promise to invest at least $150 million and expand by at least 500 jobs in Oregon.

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Oregon House Speaker
4:31 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

High Stakes Election For Possible Oregon House Speakers

Republican Bruce Hanna and Democrat Tina Kotek are in contention to be the next Oregon House speaker.
Credit Oregon Legislature

Democrats and Republicans in Oregon are locked in a fierce battle for control of the Oregon House. It's currently split right down the middle. Some of the biggest legislative money-raisers this year are two candidates who don't have serious opposition on the ballot.

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