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What You Should Know About Oregon's New Distracted Driving Law

Statesman Journal | Sept. 19, 2017 7:51 a.m.

Starting Oct. 1, drivers in Oregon can be pulled over for not only texting and talking on their cellphones, but also for navigating, using social media and any other "hands-on" cell phone and electronics use.

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Oregon Legislators Quietly Give Campaign Cash To Each Other

Statesman Journal | Sept. 10, 2017 11:16 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Any donor — whether in-state, out-of-state, special interest or corporate — can give unlimited amounts of cash to any Oregon state candidate as long as there is complete transparency. But there's a hole in the system.

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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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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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Oregon Clamping Down On Fund That Repaid Section 8 Landlords

Statesman Journal | July 24, 2017 6:20 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Since it’s 2013 launch, the Housing Choice Landlord Guarantee fund has paid out $625,000 to landlords claiming that Section 8 renters damaged their units.

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Oregon Measure Seeks To Head Off Corporate Tax On Grocery Sales

OPB | July 19, 2017 8:15 a.m.

A proposed constitutional amendment has been filed in Oregon to prohibit taxes on sales of groceries.

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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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Tax Man Gets His Due In 2017 Oregon Legislative Session

Statesman Journal | July 9, 2017 9:23 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Life in Oregon got a little more expensive in the wake of the 2017 Legislature.

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Oregon Lawmakers Want $100M To Protect Part Of Elliott State Forest

OPB | July 3, 2017 9:33 a.m.

Oregon state leaders want to use $100 million in state bonds to help keep the Elliott State Forest in public hands.

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Oregon Lawmakers Enter Final Week After Testy Saturday

OPB | July 2, 2017 7:45 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

With a deadline looming, Oregon lawmakers spent their Saturday at the Capitol.

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Oregon Real ID Bill Heads To Senate For Vote

AP | June 13, 2017 7:55 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers have advanced a proposal that would allow the state to issue state driver's licenses and identification cards in compliance with federal standards borne after the 9/11 attacks beginning in the next three years.

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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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Oregon Lawmakers Fear Wave Of Public Employee Retirements

Statesman Journal | June 4, 2017 9:19 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

At the Oregon Legislature, lawmakers are choosing their words carefully when the testimony turns to PERS. They say with words alone they could launch a wave of retirements at public agencies across the state.

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Cyclists Have Mixed Views On An Oregon Bike Tax

OPB | May 28, 2017 8:15 a.m. | Eugene, Oregon

A proposed $8 billion transportation spending package in Oregon could include a tax on the sale of bicycles. It's getting a mixed reaction from Oregon's bicycling community.

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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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Oregon May Hold Off On Spending Spree For College Buildings

Statesman Journal | May 10, 2017 9:52 a.m.

The college and university presidents came like they do every spring of odd-numbered years to ask the Oregon Legislature for bonding authority for new buildings on their campuses — only this year the result was slightly off kilter.

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Transportation Proposal Would Raise $8 Billion For Oregon Roads, Transit

OPB | May 8, 2017 7:50 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The money would come from a higher gas tax, higher vehicle registration fees, new taxes on cars and bicycles, and a statewide payroll tax.

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Ghost Of Measure 97 Appears As Oregon Lawmakers Unveil Business Tax Proposal

OPB | May 2, 2017 8:44 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers have unveiled a proposed business tax that's meant to help bridge a $1.6 billion budget shortfall.

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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.