politics

Immigrant Drivers' Licenses
6:48 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Oregon Advocates Push Four-Year Licenses For People In The Country Illegally

Oregon DMV

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 6:04 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon, like most states, doesn’t allow you to get a driver license if you’re in the country illegally. That may change. As Congress debates immigration reform, Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would grant four-year driving privileges to people who otherwise wouldn't qualify for a license. The measure is up for a committee vote Thursday.

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Public Lands Management
6:44 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Western States Gearing Up To Debate Public Land Management

Fire burned a significant section of public land north of Featherville in central Idaho. State lawmakers believe fire risk could be better managed if the state managed these lands instead of the federal government.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

For some of us public land in the west is a place to camp and recreate. For all of us, these lands are a source of water and the air we breath. That’s especially true in Idaho - where more than half of the land is federally owned and managed.

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Hanford Cleanup
6:49 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Wyden To Question Energy Nominee Moniz On Hanford

White House

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 2:37 pm

President Obama’s pick for energy secretary can expect a lot of questions about the Hanford Nuclear Reservation at a confirmation hearing Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden chairs the committee considering physicist Ernest Moniz to head the sprawling federal agency.

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Timber Bills
6:44 am
Mon April 8, 2013

House Debates Proposals To Raise Revenue For Counties Through Logging

Congress is back in session this week. The House will discuss two proposals that would increase logging in federal forests to raise money for struggling timber counties. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix reports.

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Marijuana Legalization
4:39 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Marijuana Advocates Push Legalization Measure In Salem

Petr Brož Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 3:06 pm

  SALEM, Ore. – Marijuana advocates are taking their message to the Oregon capitol. A legislative panel will consider a measure Tuesday that would legalize and tax the drug. It comes as Washington state is in the process of crafting rules about how to regulate pot after voters there approved legalization.

Still, Anthony Johnson knows he's asking a lot.

"I understand that this is a heavy lift for the legislature to pass this bill this year," he says.

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Washington Budget
6:48 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Washington Governor: End Tax Breaks, Extend Expiring Taxes To Fund Schools

Washington Governor Jay Inslee wants to close or curtail a dozen tax breaks and continue a couple of tax increases that are about to expire. The money raised – more than a billion dollars – would be earmarked for public schools. The plan unveiled Thursday is part of the Democrat’s budget priorities for the next two years. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Oregon Gun Bills
6:41 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Slate Of Gun Bills

Jessica Paterson Flickr

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 6:47 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Gun legislation is gaining momentum at the Oregon capitol. A Senate panel has scheduled a marathon hearing on a slate of measures that would require more background checks and limit where people could carry guns. The hearing is set for next Friday, April 5.

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Mental Health Reform
6:40 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Washington Mental Health Reform Focuses On Preventive Care

Alexandra Kocik Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 7:21 pm

  OLYMPIA, Wash. – Health care advocates are pushing Washington state lawmakers to keep up momentum toward expanding access to Medicaid. About 100 people rallied on the Capitol steps in Olympia Thursday. They argue one group that will especially benefit is people with mental illness.

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Washington's Marijuana Consultant
6:39 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Pot Consultant: 'The World's Going To Learn A Lot' From Washington

TVW

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 7:06 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’s new marijuana consultant says the world will learn a lot from the state’s move to legalize pot. Professor Mark Kleiman believes Washington is the right size state to try this voter-approved experiment.

And, he says, it bodes well that state regulators are taking it seriously.

“Even people that I know who really think that marijuana legalization is a bad idea and will not work out well, are enthusiastic about the idea that Washington is going to try it in a sensible way because then we’ll know something.”

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Lobbying Report
6:37 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Washington Teachers' Union Top Lobbying Spender In Olympia So Far

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 4:45 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – New disclosure reports are out on money spent for lobbying in Olympia. Who tops the list? So far Washington’s teachers’ union is spending the most to influence state lawmakers this legislative session.

The Washington Education Association has five top priorities for the 2013 legislature. The list includes more money for schools as directed by the Washington Supreme Court. The union is also pushing for competitive salaries and benefits for teachers and support staff.

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