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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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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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Washington Budget
6:49 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Governor Inslee Chalks Up Wins, Losses In First Session

Washington Governor Jay Inslee can claim some wins and losses after a protracted legislative session that resulted in two overtime sessions.
Credit Austin Jenkins

Washington Governor Jay Inslee can claim some significant legislative wins, along with several losses now that the legislature has finally adjourned. The Democrat’s first dance with lawmakers was made more difficult when Republicans and two breakaway Democrats took control of the state senate. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this look at the governor’s record.

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Washington Budget
6:44 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Washington Legislature Adjourns, Budget Signed In Nick Of Time

Governor Jay Inslee prepares to sign a new two-year state operating budget into law, officially averting a government shutdown.
Credit Austin Jenkins

The Washington legislature adjourned over the weekend. And late Sunday Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a new state budget. It officially averted a government shutdown Monday. The Democratic governor offered this list of what he considers highlights in the budget.

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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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Oregon Tax Deal
7:53 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Details Of Possible Tax Deal Emerge In Salem

In Salem, details of a possible tax deal are emerging at the Oregon legislature. Two Republican lawmakers outlined a series of tax hikes they'd be willing to support during an Oregon Senate committee hearing Thursday.

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Coal Export Terminals
7:24 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Poll Finds Northwest Residents’ Support For Coal Dropping

A new survey finds support for coal export terminals has dropped over the past year among Northwest residents. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Coal Export Terminals
6:27 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Climate Change Concerns Enter Into Coal Export Debate

Heavy equipment moving coal at a mine in Wyoming.
Credit Katie Campbell

There are now three coal export terminals under consideration in the Pacific Northwest.

The prospect of exporting coal from Wyoming and Montana to be sold on the Asian market has many raising questions about the local and regional environmental impacts of moving that coal through the Northwest.

Ashley Ahearn reports on how that issue is playing into the debate over coal exports in Washington and Oregon.

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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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