Longview lawmaker proposes bill to curb skyrocketing catalytic converter thefts
The National Insurance Crime Bureau, a nonprofit organization that tracks car-related crimes, reports catalytic converter thefts in Washington state have skyrocketed: from 42 in 2019 to 3,379 in 2021.
New Oregon law seeks to improve life for people with appointed guardians
Senate Bill 190 requires easy-to-understand language when people are told about their appointed guardian status.
Oregon Gov. Brown signs human composting bill
The governor signed House Bill 2574 , which will legalize what's also known as natural organic reduction. It also clarifies rules surrounding alkaline hydrolysis, known as aqua cremation. The law goes into effect July 1, 2022.
Oregon lawmakers enter warp speed as session draws to an end
The Legislature advanced a variety of bills, ranging from a resolution on reparations to an effort to ease access to identification cards for the unhoused.
Washington citizens to wield more power in police shooting investigations
As soon as next summer, Washington’s officer-involved shootings could be handled by a significant number of people outside law enforcement, placing traditional investigators on the outside looking in.
Oregon lawmakers advance bill to moderate collection of unemployment debt
SB 172 would allow the Oregon Employment Department to waive benefit overpayments that result from people's honest mistakes.
Plan to increase access to dental care up for debate in Oregon Legislature — again
House Bill 2528 would create a third kind of dental license — a dental therapist — more educated than a hygienist, but less than a dentist.
Foster child abandoned, drugged out of state testifies in favor of legislative policies
This week, Uvea revealed her identity to a panel of lawmakers for the first time. She is now 11-years-old. She spoke in favor of a bill, Senate Bill 707, sponsored by Sen. Sara Gelser, D-Corvallis, that would allow all Oregon youth sent across state lines between 2016 and 2019 to access all their relevant records documenting their time in a facility or facilities.
Gov. Kate Brown Wants Environmental Rules Upheld In Oregon When Feds Roll Them Back
If passed, the Oregon Environmental Protection Act would solidify a statewide policy opposing environmental deregulation.