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COVID-19 case shuts down Oregon House a third time

COVID-19 case shuts down Oregon House a third time

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Floor sessions scheduled to resume April 26; committees will continue to meet virtually.
Former Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse dies at age 84

Former Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse dies at age 84

Portland Tribune - Politics
Friends and colleagues recall Washington County congresswoman's push to resolve tough issues.
Ginny Burdick will leave Oregon Senate after 25 years

Ginny Burdick will leave Oregon Senate after 25 years

Portland Tribune - Politics
Veteran Portland Democrat will delay her next post on the Northwest Power Council until Nov. 1.
Oregon Rep. Brad Witt offers to take break from committee…

Oregon Rep. Brad Witt offers to take break from committee…

Portland Tribune - Politics
Another lawmaker has filed a formal complaint against the Clatskanie Democrat, related to a recent incident.
Oregon's state song awaits an official makeover

Oregon's state song awaits an official makeover

Portland Tribune - Politics
A House resolution, which moves to the Senate, changes a few words that some argue reflect a racist past.
Oregon Legislature: Clever compromise could solve multitude…

Oregon Legislature: Clever compromise could solve multitude…

Portland Tribune - Politics
Quietly this week, the House threaded the needle on redistricting and the legislative logjam.
Oregon City seeks applicants for commission seat

Oregon City seeks applicants for commission seat

Portland Tribune - Politics
Rachel Lyles Smith vacates position as she steps into mayoral role after March 9 special election.
Cities, counties must reassess rules against camping,…

Cities, counties must reassess rules against camping,…

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Oregon House bill is intended to comply with 2018 federal appeals court decision against blanket bans.
Oregon legislative logjam lifted in redistricting compromise

Oregon legislative logjam lifted in redistricting compromise

Portland Tribune - Politics
Minority Republicans get a voice on redrawing districts; majority Democrats can proceed with more than 80 bills.
A recap of legislative redistricting efforts in Oregon

A recap of legislative redistricting efforts in Oregon

Portland Tribune - Politics
More often than not, secretary of state has stepped in when lawmakers have failed in past 50 years.
Oregon House OKs unemployment tax relief for businesses

Oregon House OKs unemployment tax relief for businesses

Portland Tribune - Politics
Some can defer part of 2021 payments and qualify for partial forgiveness, trust fund target will be less.
Oregon Senate extends grace period for past-due rents

Oregon Senate extends grace period for past-due rents

Portland Tribune - Politics
Bill anticipates millions in state and federal aid for renters, landlords by new deadline of Feb. 28, 2022.
Wyden plan revamps aging U.S. unemployment benefit system

Wyden plan revamps aging U.S. unemployment benefit system

Portland Tribune - Politics
The acting state director likes economic triggers, but says other changes to the safety net need discussion.
Democrats praise Oregon senators, Biden bucks on billboards

Democrats praise Oregon senators, Biden bucks on billboards

Portland Tribune - Politics
Drivers headed toward the Gorge on Interstate 84 are the target of a new ad campaign by the Democratic National Committee.
State budget hearings start. Here's how to participate

State budget hearings start. Here's how to participate

Portland Tribune - Politics
Testimony will be taken online and in writing during Joint Ways & Means Committee sessions.
Bill requires disclosures aimed at deterring youth suicides

Bill requires disclosures aimed at deterring youth suicides

Portland Tribune - Politics
But mental health providers would retain some discretion in measure passed by Oregon House.
Metro Safe Streets Task Force formed to reduce gun violence

Metro Safe Streets Task Force formed to reduce gun violence

Portland Tribune - Politics
Local and federal law enforcement agencies announce a new intiative to reduce gun violence in Portland.
Senate creates crime of intimidation for display of a noose

Senate creates crime of intimidation for display of a noose

Portland Tribune - Politics
Oregon would join a handful of states under a bill approved 27-1 and headed to the House.
Justices say state lawmakers have first crack at…

Justices say state lawmakers have first crack at…

Portland Tribune - Politics
The Supreme Court order gives lawmakers until Sept. 27, rebuffing the secretary of state's arguments.
House votes to make Juneteenth a state holiday in Oregon

House votes to make Juneteenth a state holiday in Oregon

Portland Tribune - Politics
Bill's floor manager says end of slavery in nation is 'not a separate history; this is our history.'
Multnomah County declares racism a 'public health crisis'

Multnomah County declares racism a 'public health crisis'

Portland Tribune - Politics
The declaration is a signal of the elected commission's policy and investment priorities as it prepares a $3 billion budget.
Senate rejects requirement for headlight use on highways

Senate rejects requirement for headlight use on highways

Portland Tribune - Politics
Legislation gets a rare defeat by a vote of the full chamber, where bills usually pass once out of committee.
Oregon Senate clears money for summer programs, wildfire…

Oregon Senate clears money for summer programs, wildfire…

Portland Tribune - Politics
The aid is attached to budget bills headed to Gov. Kate Brown; House OKd them last week.
Health official: Feeling we're at pandemic 'finish line'…

Health official: Feeling we're at pandemic 'finish line'…

Portland Tribune - Politics
Rise in COVID-19 variants puts Oregon in a tight spot as it continues to vaccinate residents.
Oregon City hopes to keep hometown feel while acting 'more…

Oregon City hopes to keep hometown feel while acting 'more…

Portland Tribune - Politics
Newly elected Mayor Rachel Lyles Smith participates in first public forum after swearing in
Senate backs civics requirement for graduation in Oregon

Senate backs civics requirement for graduation in Oregon

Portland Tribune - Politics
Bipartisan bill adds one-semester mandate to English and math standards starting in 2025.
Child care tax credit expansion to boost Oregon families

Child care tax credit expansion to boost Oregon families

Portland Tribune - Politics
The provision in President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan increases the size of credit from $2,000 to $3,600 per child.
Portland City Council approves $6 million gun violence…

Portland City Council approves $6 million gun violence…

Portland Tribune - Politics
UPDATE: The package of new programs and funding takes effect immediately following the unanimous Wednesday vote.
Oregon House panel finishes 10 bills to overhaul policing

Oregon House panel finishes 10 bills to overhaul policing

Portland Tribune - Politics
Democratic governor and House GOP leader praise work, but member says 'we have more work to do.'
House extends narrower foreclosure moratorium in Oregon

House extends narrower foreclosure moratorium in Oregon

Portland Tribune - Politics
Bill would set June 30, but allows Gov. Brown to continue it up to six months through executive orders.

OPINION: Sen. Dallas Heard hiding from his duties…

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OPINION: Sen. Dallas Heard hiding from his duties…
Senate Majority Leader Rob Wagner says the Republican from Roseburg is dodging important votes.

House speaker: Oregon Capitol reopening still weeks…

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House speaker: Oregon Capitol reopening still weeks…
Lawmakers schedule vaccinations, but 'other things are still going to be important considerations.'

Oregon Gov. Brown greets students on first day back…

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Oregon Gov. Brown greets students on first day back…
Lincoln Elementary School in Woodburn was one of two school visited by Gov. Kate Brown as students returned to hybrid in-person learning.

Washington plans $1 billion to replace Interstate 5…

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Washington plans $1 billion to replace Interstate 5…
As Washington shapes plans to replace the I-5 bridge crossing the Columbia River, Oregon lawmakers wait and watch.

Governor: Oregon fighting fourth wave of 'resilient…

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Governor: Oregon fighting fourth wave of 'resilient…
Relaxed mask use and warmer weather could be a bad combination as state continues to vaccinate people for COVID-19.

Brown tells Reimagine Oregon she is working on…

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Brown tells Reimagine Oregon she is working on…
The advocacy group formed after the death of George Floyd met online Friday to review progress.

Council proposes alternatives to police funding to…

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Council proposes alternatives to police funding to…
Four of the five Portland City Council members support spending more money on alternative programs and services.

Fed stimulus drops $4.26 billion in Oregon cities,…

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Fed stimulus drops $4.26 billion in Oregon cities,…
American Rescue Plan funds could be used to shore up shaky budgets and pay for some projects.

Unemployment tax relief bill gets warm reception

Portland Tribune - Politics
Unemployment tax relief bill gets warm reception
Some business groups want state lawmakers to go further on a hammered-out compromise.

Oregon House finally OKs $250 million for summer…

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Oregon House finally OKs $250 million for summer…
Discussion and votes on budgets go swiftly after three-day marathon reading of an unrelated bill.

Bill eases conversion of Oregon motels for low-cost…

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Bill eases conversion of Oregon motels for low-cost…
House vote sends legislation to the Senate to ward off potential legal challenges

Gun storage requirement heads for vote in Oregon…

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Gun storage requirement heads for vote in Oregon…
Bill emerges on a party-line vote from the Health Care Committee; violations would carry fines.

Pay college athletes? Oregon's taking up the issue…

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Pay college athletes? Oregon's taking up the issue…
State lawmakers wade into tough national debate with bill to let some to earn money if sports programs use their images or names.

Tenants could get another break on past-due rent

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Tenants could get another break on past-due rent
Oregon Senate committee advances plan as federal funds pour in for rental assistance.

Lawmaker on Labor Day wildfire panel: 'You get…

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Lawmaker on Labor Day wildfire panel: 'You get…
House committee chair discusses recovery measures about to come up for legislative votes.

Sen. Ron Wyden hosts Clackamas County town hall

Portland Tribune - Politics
Sen. Ron Wyden hosts Clackamas County town hall
Finance Committee chair covers range of topics, from prescription drug pricing to combatting destructive wildfires

Some Portlanders oppose homeless shelter expansion

Portland Tribune - Politics
Some Portlanders oppose homeless shelter expansion
The City Council is scheduled to vote on the Street to Shelter Continuum project on Thursday.

Wyden: Stop Asian hate crimes, provide vaccines and…

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Wyden: Stop Asian hate crimes, provide vaccines and…
Senator speaks after roundtable discussion with leaders at SE Portland health center

Second COVID case forces Oregon House to cancel…

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Second COVID case forces Oregon House to cancel…
Lawmakers planned a full week of in-person votes; several people await COVID-19 test results.

Proposed 5% timber tax opposed by some in Oregon…

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Proposed 5% timber tax opposed by some in Oregon…
Columbia County commissioners say now isn't the time to raise taxes on timber sales

Group announces gun safety petition drive

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Group announces gun safety petition drive
Measures aimed for the November 2022 ballot would ban assault weapons and large capacity magazines, require gun owners to be licensed.

Oregon frontline workers, 16+ with underlying…

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Oregon frontline workers, 16+ with underlying…
Gov. Kate Brown accelerates the vaccination schedule as supplies become more available.

Inquiry into bogus Hardesty leak to cost Portland…

Portland Tribune - Politics
Inquiry into bogus Hardesty leak to cost Portland…
An outside group will probe a Portland Police Bureau leak that falsely accused Hardesty of fleeing a fender-bender.

Senate OKs bill banning guns in state public…

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Senate OKs bill banning guns in state public…
Republicans fail to derail the legislation, which includes an option for local governments to ban firearms as well.

Portland City Council: No new homeless shelters in…

Portland Tribune - Politics
Portland City Council: No new homeless shelters in…
The council is scheduled to decide whether to allow authorized, managed shelters and camps in more parts of town.

Sen. Ron Wyden announces virtual town hall schedule

Portland Tribune - Politics
Sen. Ron Wyden announces virtual town hall schedule
Pamplin Media Group provides stage for event kicking off first of 10-part series for Oregonians to weigh in on issues over next two weeks.

Legislative budget writers come up with 2021-23…

Portland Tribune - Politics
Legislative budget writers come up with 2021-23…
Plan, boosted by $2.6 billion in federal aid, will guide decisions on state spending for next two years.

Struggling movie theaters see state grants as right…

Portland Tribune - Politics
Struggling movie theaters see state grants as right…
Lawmakers focus on legislation that many see as a financial lifeline during pandemic closures.

Virus variants, vaccine deliveries challenge…

Portland Tribune - Politics
Virus variants, vaccine deliveries challenge…
Health authority was on track to meet a goal of having 75% of all those age 65 and older vaccinated by April 1.

Jobless benefits flowing to 27,000 Oregon gig…

Portland Tribune - Politics
Jobless benefits flowing to 27,000 Oregon gig…
But state agency says federal law tightens proof of income from current and future recipients.

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