Capital: Spring for the finish line
- House passes $5.3 billion transportation package. It's on to the Senate for an omnibus bill to overhaul much of the state's transportation system. - Oregon says stats prove health care model works. Consumers can still weigh in before the rates are finalized, in hearings scheduled for July 10 and 11. - Bill to reduce teen use of tobacco products springs back to life. The 'Tobacco 21' bill had stalled in a House committee for months; Rep. Richard Vial of Scholls will carry it to the House floor, and it could come up as soon as this afternoon (Thursday, July 6). - Oregon House passes anti-racial profiling bill. The bill proposed by Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum now heads to the Senate for a vote. Opponents contest changes in drug crime classification. - Community colleges fear their state aid will be short. Higher education budget, which awaits final votes, boosts share for universities; means test for Oregon Promise is also planned. - Both chambers OK reproductive rights bill. Co-sponsored by Aloha and Tualatin lawmakers, the bill is designed to counter potential rollbacks at the federal level. It heads to the governor for her signature. - Tualatin's Rep. Parrish leads fight over health care industry tax. Democrats are hoping to set up a special election in January to OK a $550 million tax to avoid major health care cuts. - Oregon secretary of state won't supply voter information sought by Trump-named panel. Dennis Richardson, a Republican, responds after a slew of Democrats led by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden press the matter. - Veterans Affairs budget passed by Senate. Largest budget ever funds crisis hotline and addressing housing issues for veterans; it goes to Gov. Brown for her signature.