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Oregon Expands Abortion, Reproductive Coverage

AP | Aug. 16, 2017 7:14 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday signed into law a bill expanding coverage on abortions and other reproductive services to thousands of Oregonians, regardless of income, citizenship status or gender identity.

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Drug Possession Is Now A Misdemeanor In Oregon

AP | Aug. 15, 2017 11:56 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

A bill signed by Oregon's governor has reclassified personal-use possession of cocaine, methamphetamine and other drugs as a misdemeanor from a felony.

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Legal Marijuana States Try To Fend Off Trump Administration Crackdown

AP | Aug. 14, 2017 7:04 a.m. | Portland

Marijuana-legal states are trying to clamp down on "diversion" even as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions presses for enforcement of federal laws against marijuana.

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You'll Soon Need To Be At Least 21 To Buy Tobacco In Oregon

AP | Aug. 10, 2017 6:46 a.m. | Portland

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed legislation that increases the legal age for using and buying tobacco products from 18 to 21.

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Bend Republican To Run For Oregon Governor In 2018

AP | Aug. 3, 2017 8:23 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Rep. Knute Buehler said on Twitter Thursday that he is "ready to bring change with education, budget and economic reforms."

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Oregon Governor Urges Zinke To 'Not Backtrack' On Cascade-Siskiyou Monument

Jefferson Public Radio | July 17, 2017 6:39 a.m.

Zinke’s visit is part of a review ordered by President Trump, to evaluate 27 national monuments declared or expanded by previous presidents since 1996.

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Appoints 8 New Judges

OPB | July 12, 2017 9:27 a.m. | Portland

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has appointed eight new judges to Clackamas and Multnomah County Circuit Courts as well as the state’s Court of Appeals.

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Oregon Lawmakers Pass 4 New Public Records Laws

Statesman Journal | July 12, 2017 7:48 a.m.

The Oregon Legislature passed no fewer than four public records laws — pushed by the governor and attorney general — in the session that just ended. 

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Bill Allowing Oregon Teens To Preregister To Vote Moves Forward

Northwest News Network | June 13, 2017 6:45 a.m.

Sixteen-year-olds may soon be able to pre-register to vote in Oregon. That's according to a bill passed by the state's House of Representatives Monday.

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Former Oregon Child Welfare Director Felt 'Vilified' Before Resignation

Statesman Journal | May 22, 2017 7:25 a.m.

Lena Alhusseini, Oregon's former child welfare program director, told an advisor to Gov. Kate Brown in March that she felt "targeted and vilified" after coming to the post last November, emails obtained by the Statesman Journal show.

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Oregon Is Sitting On $3.3 Billion In Bad Debt

Statesman Journal | May 21, 2017 9:06 a.m.

Lawmakers can’t fully trust the numbers they get from the Oregon Department of Revenue — which collects more than $8 billion a year in taxes — because repeated audits uncovered “significant” and “material weakness” in the agency’s accounting system.

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Critics Question Costs Of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's Executive Orders

AP | May 16, 2017 7:56 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Jonathan Lockwood, spokesman for the Senate Republican caucus, says Brown's orders are merely "gimmicks and excuses that clearly fail to solve the pervasive problems plaguing Oregon's credibility and security."

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Will Gov. Brown's Plans For A Sale Of State Assets Reap Big Dollars For Oregon?

OPB | May 15, 2017 midnight | Portland

Gov. Kate Brown wants to raise $5 billion from government asset sales, but there are several potential pitfalls.

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May Day March To Close Several Salem Streets Monday

Statesman Journal | May 1, 2017 8:26 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Gov. Kate Brown, Representative Teresa Alonso León and Leo Reyes, a member of the Oregon DACA Coalition and DACA recipient, will speak at the rally on the Capitol steps before the march through Salem.

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Oregon Ethics Panel Clears Former Legislator To Lobby For Governor's Office

The Register-Guard | April 26, 2017 9:57 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

The Oregon Government Ethics Commission has ruled that a “cooling off” law that prohibits recently retired state lawmakers from lobbying their one-time colleagues doesn’t apply if they become an employee of a public agency and engage in lobbying for that agency.

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Gov. Kate Brown Makes Her First Post-Occupation Visit To Burns

OPB | April 12, 2017 4:45 p.m. | Burns, Oregon

Gov. Kate Brown spent Wednesday in Harney County, talking with local residents and officials. OPB reporter Amanda Peacher was there. 

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Oregon Senate Votes To Increase Legal Age For Tobacco Purchases

OPB | March 23, 2017 3:15 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Young people in Oregon could soon need to be at least 21 years old to buy tobacco products.

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Oregon Bill Would Provide Health Care For All Children

Statesman Journal | Feb. 21, 2017 9:19 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Gov. Kate Brown testified Monday before the House Committee on Health Care in support of a bill known as “Cover All Kids.” If passed, House Bill 2726 would extend health care coverage through the Oregon Health Plan to all Oregon children, expanding legislation passed in 2012.

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Takes Oath And Calls For Tax, Pension Reform

OPB | Jan. 9, 2017 12:48 p.m.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown took the oath of office Monday and called on lawmakers to pursue pension reform and tax increases to close the state's budget deficit.

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Oregon Governor Wants To Secure A Slimmed-Down Medicaid Waiver Before Trump Takes Office

OPB | Dec. 7, 2016 11:42 a.m. | Portland

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is trying to squeeze a new, slimmed-down health care waiver out of the federal government — before the Trump administration starts.