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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 »

Senate Votes To Require Cable Barriers On Interstate Medians

By Jim McCoy Mon 13th April Newscable barriersOregon legislature

The Oregon Senate has voted to require cable barriers between opposing traffic lanes on interstate highways.

The 28-1 vote on Monday follows the death last year of Dr. Steven Fritz and Cary Fairchild.Read More »

Committee Vote Delayed On Gun Control

An Oregon Senate committee is postponing a vote on a controversial bill requiring background checks on all private gun sales between people who aren't related.

Sen. Floyd Prozanski, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Thursday he's delaying the vote because an amendment has been introduced.Read More »

Gun Control Bill Spurs Heated Debate

By Jim McCoy Wed 1st April Newsbackground check billOregon legislature

A proposal that would require background checks on private firearms sales drew two hours of heated testimony from gun-rights advocates and gun control proponents.

The bill would require gun buyers and sellers who aren't related to visit a licensed gun dealer who can run a background check through the Oregon State Police.

Opponents said Wednesday background checks Read More »

Legislature Considering Background Checks On Private Gun Sales

By Jim McCoy Thu 26th March NewsGun controlOregon legislature

Oregon Democrats are taking the first step toward requiring background checks on private gun sales.

A bill introduced on Thursday could begin moving through the Legislature as soon as next week.

Gun control advocates have tried for years to expand Oregon's background check requirement.Read More »

Legislature Addressing Google's Concerns With Tax

By Jim McCoy Mon 23rd March NewsGoogle fiberOregon legislature
The state Senate plans to address concerns Google has with a bill that was intended to entice Google Fiber to Portland. The Oregon House of Representatives approved the legislation last week despite a warning from Google that doing so would make it "extremely unlikely" the company would bring hyper-fast Internet service to the Portland area. The bill tried to address a provisionRead More »

Two Bills Would End Daylight Savings Time

By Jim McCoy Wed 11th March NewsDaylight Savings TimeOregon legislature

The twice-a-year ritual of resetting clocks would come to an end under two bills introduced in the Oregon Senate.

A Senate committee held a brief discussion Tuesday on eliminating daylight saving time in Oregon. It did not vote on the bills.

The idea has cropped up in more than a half-dozen statehouses, but it's generated more talk than action.Read More »

Lawmakers Could Alter 5th Year High School Program

By Jim McCoy Mon 9th March News5th year high schoolOregon legislature
Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that could alter or eliminate fifth-year programs designed to help high school students be successful in college. The Democrat-Herald newspaper says (http://is.gd/QW8oTV ) allows students in certain districts to defer getting a high school diploma.Read More »

Bill Would Allow Raw Milk To Be Advertised In Oregon

By Jim McCoy Wed 25th February NewsOregon legislatureraw milk
Raw milk producers in Oregon are asking legislators to let them legally advertise their product. Oregon is among 30 states that allow the sale of unpasteurized milk, but it sets tight restrictions. A law on the books since the 1950s says sellers of raw milk can't advertise.Read More »

Oregon Senate Passes Fuel Bill

By Jim McCoy Wed 18th February Newsclean fuels billOregon legislature
On Gov. John Kitzhaber's last full day in office, the Oregon Senate passed a climate change bill that was one of his top legislative priorities. The approval in a 17-13 vote on Tuesday sends the measure to the state House. The bill would extend Oregon's low-carbon fuel standard, an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that was approved in 2009 but not implemented.Read More »


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