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News Roundtable | Blue Mountain Community College | Wolves

OPB | March 04, 2016

We review the highlights of the state legislative session, and tackle the biggest news stories of the week with our news roundtable. We also hear how one community college is getting ready for increased enrollment. And we get the latest on Oregon's wolf population.

Coal By Wire | Motor Voter | Valhalla

OPB | Feb. 04, 2016

We talk to legislative representatives on both sides of a bill that would eliminate the use of coal energy by Oregon's two biggest utilities by 2035. The Oregon Secretary of State discusses how the implementation of the state’s automatic voter registration law is going. And we speak with the backcountry guide who led a trip down a previously undocumented slot canyon for Oregon Field Guide.

Burns Protests | Legislative Kick Off | Carl Wolfson | Pot Task Force

OPB | Feb. 01, 2016

We hear the latest from Burns, and get a preview on the first day of the new legislative session. We'll also hear from noted local radio personality, Carl Wolfson, who is calling it quits. And we'll hear about a new initiative to make studying the medical benefits of marijuana easier.

Congressman Walden | Local Take On SOTU | Legislative Preview

OPB | Jan. 13, 2016

We get Congressman Greg Walden's take on the armed occupation in Harney County. We hear a local analysis of last night's State of the Union address. And we'll find how the Oregon legislature is preparing for this year's session.

Burns Occupation | New Oregon Laws

OPB | Jan. 05, 2016

We hear from one of the self-described militiamen occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. And we get an update on the new laws taking effect in the new year.

Legislative Days Overview

OPB | Nov. 19, 2015

Three days of hearings this week may provide hints about what bills the legislature will attempt to pass during the short session in February.

Conversations About Guns

OPB | Oct. 29, 2015

We take a look at guns and gun laws in Oregon from a variety of perspectives.

Washington's Go-To Guy For Rules On Legal Pot Is Stepping Down

OPB | Aug. 21, 2015

Randy Simmons is leaving his job at the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board after spearheading the state's rule-making process for recreational marijuana.

What Passed And Didn't Pass In Oregon's 2015 Session

OPB | July 07, 2015

We talk to two capitol reporters about the highlights and lowlights of the 2015 legislative session, which ended at 6:04 p.m. Monday.

Olympia And Salem Wind Down Sessions

OPB | June 29, 2015

The legislatures in Washington and Oregon are still struggling to pass the final bills of their respective sessions.

New Oregon Law Could Lead To More Testing Opt-Outs

OPB | June 29, 2015

It's unclear what kinds of consequences the state could face now that Governor Kate Brown has signed a bill making it easier for parents to opt their kids out of standardized tests.

News Roundtable: June 26, 2015

OPB | June 26, 2015

It’s time for our news roundtable, where we take a look at some of the biggest stories of the week with a rotating panel of journalists and other news watchers.

Legal Marijuana In Oregon

OPB | July 01, 2015

Recreational marijuana is officially legal in Oregon as of July 1. We talk to people around the state about how things will change.

Government Shutdown Looms In Washington

OPB | June 22, 2015

If lawmakers in Olympia can't agree on a budget by the end of the month, Washington will face a government shutdown.

Governor Signs Domestic Workers Bill Of Rights

OPB | June 18, 2015

Governor Kate Brown signed a bill into law this week that provides new protections for nannies, housekeepers, and other domestic workers.

Lane County Opposes New Gun Background Check Law

OPB | June 09, 2015

The Lane County Commission passed a resolution saying the county is "unable to expend any county resources for the implementation" of Oregon's new gun background check law.

'Free' Community College Proposal Moving In Salem

OPB | June 09, 2015

In the final weeks of the 2015 session, a bill to make community college all but free for some students is still alive in the Oregon state legislature.

Washington Legislature Begins Second Special Session

OPB | June 01, 2015

Our correspondent in Olympia gives us a rundown on what's on the agenda for Washington's lawmakers.

Represented: Paid Sick Time

OPB | June 01, 2015

In this installment of our "Represented" series, we hear from residents of Eugene about what a statewide paid sick leave policy would mean for them.

Should The State Keep The Kicker?

OPB | May 22, 2015

Rep. Tobias Read (D-Beaverton) wants "kicker" money to be redirected to education and the rainy day fund, instead of going back to tax payers.