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Oregon Legislature Holding Public Hearing On Gas Taxes, Transportation

A special committee of the Oregon Senate is preparing to hear from the public about a plan to raise gas taxes, fund transportation projects and repeal a carbon-reduction program.

The panel's hearing Wednesday afternoon will be the first public airing of the plan.

The proposal would raise the gas tax by 4 cents to 34 cents per gallon and hike other fees.Read More »

Along Party Lines, Paid Sick Leave Bill Passes Oregon Senate

The state Senate has voted to require that many Oregon businesses offer paid sick leave for their employees.

The bill cleared the Senate in a 17-13 vote Wednesday.Read More »

Oregon Legislature To Vote On Paid Sick Leave Bill

By Jim McCoy Fri 5th June NewsOregon legislaturepaid sick leave

A bill giving more Oregon workers up to a week of paid sick leave is headed to the full House and Senate.

Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee advanced the bill Friday, setting up a vote in the full Senate as soon as next week. If senators approve, a vote in the House would follow.

The bill is a priority for Democratic leaders and labor unions.Read More »

Legislators Push For Limits On Aerial Herbicide Spraying

By Jim McCoy Fri 22nd May Newsherbicide sprayingOregon legislature

Some Oregon lawmakers have revived an effort to limit aerial herbicide spraying on private timberlands by placing mandatory "no-spray" buffers around houses and schools.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/1K9Bcv1 ) that Democrats Thursday added an amendment to a bill that would prohibit aerially applying herbicides within 60 feet of a private home or school.

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Oregon Legislature Passes Bill To Keep Guns Away From Domsestic Abusers

The Oregon Senate has approved a measure aimed at keeping firearms from people convicted of domestic violence or under a restraining order.

Gresham Democrat Sen.Read More »

Oregon Drops Raw Milk Advertising Ban

By Jim McCoy Wed 13th May NewsOregon legislatureraw milk

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill that allows advertising of raw milk.

Oregon is among 30 states that allow the sale of unpasteurized milk, but it can be sold only on the farm.Read More »

State Senate Votes To Ban E-Cig Sales To Minors

By Jim McCoy Mon 11th May Newse-cigarettesOregon legislature

The Oregon Senate has approved a measure aimed at keeping electronic cigarettes out of the hands of children.

The bill would bar the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and prohibit their use in bars, workplaces and other public spaces where cigarettes are forbidden.

Sen.Read More »

Bill Would Allow Motorcycles To Pass Between Cars In Traffic Jams

By Jim McCoy Fri 24th April NewsmotorcyclesOregon legislature

The Oregon Senate has backed a bill allowing motorcycles to pass between cars or trucks during highway traffic jams.

The Senate's 18-10 vote on Thursday sends the measure to the House.

Motorcycle and moped riders on a highway with a speed limit of at least 50 mph would gain the right to pass between vehicles if traffic moves at no more than 10 mph.

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Bill Advances That Makes It Legal To Film Police

By Jim McCoy Tue 21st April Newsfilming policeOregon legislature

The Oregon Legislature is looking to make it legal for citizens to film the police, as long as they don't interfere.

The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill Monday that says merely videotaping a police, parole or probation officer does not constitute the crime of interfering with the official's duties.

The committee's 7-2 vote sends the measure to a vote inRead More »

Oregon Legislature Considers Minimum Wage Hike

By Jim McCoy Tue 14th April Newsminimum wageOregon legislature

The Oregon Legislature is opening debate about several proposals to boost the minimum wage as high as $15 an hour.

Legislative committees held three hearings on the idea Monday but took no formal action.

Raising the minimum wage is hugely popular with voters and interest groups on the left, but it's far from clear whether it has sufficient support in the LegislatRead More »

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