Oregon Legislature crashes over climate, leaving acrimony



Three bills passed while hundreds died as the Oregon legislative session adjourned early.

Court issues temporary stay on flavored vaping ban

PORTLAND — Oregon’s Court of Appeals last week put a halt to the state’s ban on flavored vaping products two days after it took effect. The Oregonian reports the temporary stay issued ...

Oregon's public university workers vote to authorize strike

PORTLAND — Workers at seven public universities in Oregon have voted to authorize a strike if a new contract deal isn't reached, their union said Wednesday.


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Official wants independence for new Oregon transparency role

SALEM — An Oregon official who is resigning her job aimed at making government more transparent is urging her successors to defend the independence of the new office in the face of attempted influence by the governor's office.


Gas pipeline supporters claim high support from landowners

Supporters of a proposed natural gas export project on Oregon's southern coast are claiming they've made major headway addressing one of regulators’ biggest concerns as federal regulators take public ...

Oregon senators face $500 fines for fleeing, threaten to sue

SALEM — Republican senators in Oregon engaged in a high-stakes game of brinksmanship Friday with Democratic lawmakers and prepared to remain absent from the Capitol for a second day to block a vote on a landmark climate plan that would be the second of its kind nationwide.


Truckers, loggers push back on Oregon's climate proposals

By SARAH ZIMMERMAN Of The Associated Press SALEM — Dozens of industrial trucks drove laps around the state Capitol Wednesday, blaring their horns and releasing plumes of diesel into the ...

Lawmakers move to create an equity office to curb harassment

  SALEM — Lawmakers in the House have agreed to overhaul a rule addressing harassment and discrimination and to create a new equity office tasked with improving the Capitol's workplace ...

Watchdog: Neglect and abuse unreported in nursing facilities

WASHINGTON — Nursing facilities have failed to report thousands of serious cases of potential neglect and abuse of Medicare beneficiaries even though the federal government requires such reporting, says a watchdog report due out Wednesday that calls for a new focus on protecting frail patients.


Lawmakers debate vaccines, business tax

As a bill to require childhood vaccines was hotly debated on the floor of the Oregon Senate May 6, state Rep. Ron Noble of McMinnville already staked out on his position on the bill when it was in the ...

Homeless camping bill stirs debate in Salem

Custodians sweep an elementary school in Mike Vial’s St. Johns neighborhood in Portland every afternoon for discarded heroin needles. Vial told members of the Senate Housing Committee April 29 he ...

Affordable housing bills lurch through Legislature

Affordable housing bills — including one that would create a pilot project in McMinnville -- passed a critical crossroads this week and continue to make their way through the Oregon Legislature. April ...

Might Oregon kill ‘kicker tax’ rebate to help education?

PORTLAND — Momentum is building to end the only-in-Oregon approach of issuing tax rebates in order to build reserves for schools. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that if Oregon economists’ ...

Democrats face hurdles in Oregon despite supermajority

By ANDREW SELSKY Of The Associated Press SALEM — The election gave Democrats a three-fifths supermajority in Oregon’s Legislature with greater power to impose taxes, but the Senate president ...

Yamhill County votes Buehler, but Oregon re-elects Brown for governor

PORTLAND — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown was re-elected Tuesday, saying she won her first full term as leader of the Pacific Northwest state in a “slam-dunk.”
In Yamhill County, Republican challenger Knute Buehler was favored, earning 23,705 votes, or 53.48 percent, to Brown’s 17,274 votes, or 38.97 percent, after initial results released by the county clerk’s office.