Oregon

Oregon Legislative Session
6:51 am
Mon July 8, 2013

2013 Oregon Legislative Session Filled With Disappointments, Victories

The Senate Chamber at the Oregon state Capitol in Salem.
Credit Cacaphony / Wikimedia Commons

Oregon lawmakers had hoped to finish up their legislative session over the weekend. But it didn’t work out that way. Instead, the final gavel is expected to fall sometime Monday. Democrats control both chambers and the governor’s office, and they claimed a series of victories. But many of the highest-profile agenda items didn’t go as planned. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman explains.

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Texting and Driving
6:43 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Vote To Increase Fines For Texting, Cell Phone Use

It could soon be a lot more expensive to be caught texting while driving in Oregon. State lawmakers voted Sunday to double the maximum fine for texting behind the wheel to $500.

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Oregon Legislative Session
5:31 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Oregon Legislature To Adjourn... But When?

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 5:07 pm

It's still not clear when the Oregon legislature will wrap up its work for the year. Lawmakers could vote as soon as Tuesday on a controversial package that would raise some taxes and cut benefits to retired public employees.

But lawmakers have other work to do, such as finalizing budgets for several large state agencies.

One might expect that they would be in a great hurry to get out of here before the Fourth of July but remember, their original adjournment target was last Friday, June 28th. So they've already blown through that deadline.

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Oregon Legislative Session
6:54 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Head Into Final Days Of Session

Oregon lawmakers are heading into the home stretch of their legislative session Monday. The closing days could include some high stakes votes over taxes and public pension cuts. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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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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Timber County Funding
5:54 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Wyden Includes $330 Million For Timber Counties In Helium Bill

The Senate Natural Resources Committee approved a 1 year extension of timber payments Tuesday. The payments help out counties with large national forests: land that isn’t on local tax rolls. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Oregon Education Budget
6:48 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Threatened 'No' Vote Puts Oregon Education Budget In Limbo

Oregon Legislature

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 3:59 pm

The Democratic-controlled Oregon Senate is scheduled to act Monday on the largest single portion of the state spending plan: Money for K-12 schools. But there's a chance the vote will be delayed. That's because a single Democrat has come out against the proposal, throwing a monkey wrench into the process.

This would be the second time the schools budget is held over to another day. With less than two weeks left before the scheduled adjournment, Democratic state Senator Chris Edwards continues to hold out for more money for schools.

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Agricutural mistakes
6:53 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Careful Wheat Farmers, Seed Purveyors Say Mistakes Still Happen

Uniontown, Wash., area farmer Frank Wolf.
Credit Anna King

There’s been a lot of speculation but few answers so far about how genetically modified wheat ended up in an Oregon field.

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Parole Board Decision
6:20 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Oregon Parole Board To Re-examine Decision To Release Cop Killer

An Oregon man convicted of killing a police officer more than 20 years ago will stay behind bars for at least a few more months. The Oregon Board of Parole said Tuesday that it will re-examine its decision to release Sidney Dean Porter. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman has details on the case.

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Columbia River Crossing
6:17 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Oregon And Washington Sign Agreements Related To CRC

Oregon and Washington have signed mitigation agreements with two of the three industrial companies whose business would be disrupted by the Columbia River Crossing. April Baer reports from Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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