Key bills on the move as deadline approaches

Bills on marijuana, outdoor recreation and OSU-Cascades among those pending

SALEM —The Legislature took a rare breather Friday, with neither the House nor Senate in … Read more

Governor signs bill killing county marijuana charge

Deschutes County alone in requiring cannabis growers pay for impact on roads

SALEM — Deschutes County’s one-of-a-kind charge on the marijuana industry was effectively killed under a … Read more

Trio of bills to curb campaign spending advance

Advocates say bills start reforms, while opponents see just more confusion

SALEM — A trio of bills advocates say were inspired, in part, by Nike founder … Read more

Scramble on for Central Oregon House seat

McLane’s surprise move to state bench sets off race to replace him

SALEM — Republicans are starting to jockey for the House seat soon to be vacated … Read more

Capitol roundup: Marijuana bills on the move

With logjam cleared, Legislature is on fast track to try to wrap-up by June 21

SALEM — The Legislature is plowing through a backlog of bills as it moves toward … Read more

Oregon gets a head start on summer wildfires

Officials plan to work with neighboring states for firefighting response

SALEM — Fire has no respect for boundaries created by humans. It doesn’t care if … Read more

Gov. Brown names Mike McLane to state judgeship

The former House GOP leader has been a frequent critic of the governor

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown on Friday named a top Republican lawmaker and frequent critic … Read more

Oregon politics gearing up for 2020 election

GOP faces tough task of beating Democratic statewide incumbent

SALEM — The November general election was a little over six months ago. Flip the … Read more

Gov. Brown signs ‘Kaylee’s Law’

Law named for Bend woman murdered by COCC campus security officer

SALEM— Gov. Kate Brown on Friday signed into law a bill meant to avert incidents … Read more

Bend backs state law to allow lower residential speed limits

An amendment would expand the number of streets were traffic could be slowed

SALEM — The city of Bend is backing legislation that would allow it to lower … Read more

State committee holds future pace of OSU-Cascades build-out

Panel is revising its priority list, but Bend projects unlikely to rise

SALEM — Oregon State University-Cascades’ place near the bottom of the state’s university construction priority … Read more

Capitol Roundup: Deals and deadlines hit the Legislature

“Kaylee’s Law,” wildfires, saluting a Bend hero and recalling lawmaker walkouts

SALEM — The two chambers of the Oregon Legislature have flip-flopped on the speed of … Read more

Vaccination bill is dead, but controversy lives on

Both sides say they are prepared to carry on the fight into 2020

SALEM — Despite a Senate deal to kill a bill to end all but medical … Read more

Redmond’s Clarno charting her course as Secretary of State

First weeks were sometimes bumpy, but Gov. Brown appointee pushes on

SALEM — Five weeks into her new job as Oregon secretary of state, Bev Clarno … Read more

House panel hears intense testimony on ‘Kaylee’s Law’

Bill named for murdered Bend woman gets final hearing in Legislature

SALEM — Family, law enforcement, lawmakers and students testified Tuesday at a House hearing on … Read more

Oregon House OKs tough vaccine rules over vocal opposition

Bend’s Helt is co-sponsor of bill to end nonmedical exemptions

SALEM — The Oregon House voted Monday to tighten the state’s mandatory vaccine laws and … Read more

Cheri Helt is a lawmaker on the hot seat

Vaccination bill issue where Republican from Bend straddles a partisan fence

SALEM — Cheri Helt is on the hot seat. On Monday, the Republican representative from … Read more

Round-up: House vote on taxes for education

Guns, vaccinations, and marijuana also on Legislature’s agenda

SALEM — Taxes top the agenda this week in the state Capitol as a controversial … Read more

Oregon judge halts Trump’s nationwide rule on abortion referrals

U.S. District Judge ­Michael McShane on Monday granted the second nationwide preliminary injunction against new … Read more

Trio of bills aim to reduce Oregon’s plastic waste

Bags, straws and Styrofoam are legislative targets

SALEM — Three anti-plastic bills are moving through the House and Senate, hoping to avoid … Read more

Senate passes ‘Kaylee’s Law’ in emotional session

Bill named for murdered COCC student receives unanimous vote

SALEM — In an extraordinary and personal show of unanimity, the Senate on Tuesday approved … Read more

Capitol round-up: Hot-button issues top agenda

Vaccination and gun bills face key tests, while “Kaylee’s Law” is up for a vote

SALEM — Hot-button issues are taking center stage this week in the Capitol as lawmakers … Read more

La Bell settles Rebecca Foundation allegations

Former House candidate and state agree to nonprofit ban, possible fine

SALEM — Former House candidate Amanda La Bell will be barred from running a nonprofit … Read more

Capitol round-up: Helt named to state school board

Voting, housing and roadkill also in the news

SALEM — State Rep. Cheri Helt, R-Bend, has been chosen by Secretary of State Bev … Read more

Lawmakers scramble to move bills before they expire

Bills by Bend-area lawmakers among the casualties of Tuesday deadline

SALEM — Scores of bills died on Tuesday, the second key deadline for the Legislature … Read more

PERS plan likely won’t fix problem

Methods of gathering funds not enough to protect schools from rising pension costs

Much of the intrigue in this year’s legislative session centers around lawmakers’ push to raise … Read more

Capitol roundup: Cascade of bills as Legislature faces deadline

Redmond housing bill goes to governor; Kaylee’s law moves forward as lawmakers face Tuesday deadline

SALEM — With one day to go before a key deadline that will kill off … Read more

Bev Clarno rides again

Redmond rancher-politician is new Secretary of State

SALEM — Bev Clarno just published her memoir. But she’s going to have to add … Read more

Oregon Democrats want to bring back double health insurance for state, school workers

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown and Democrats in the Oregon Legislature are looking at undoing … Read more

Two PERS reform ballot initiatives aim to rein in costs

2 possible ballot initiatives seek to rein in costs

Members of the business community filed two prospective ballot measures Thursday that would aim to … Read more

Democrats vote to cut 2020 ‘kicker’ tax rebate by $108M

SALEM — Oregon’s projected “kicker” tax rebate will decrease by $108 million under a bill … Read more

Key Bend-area bills live or die as Legislature hits halfway mark

Affordable housing moves on, while marijuana bill dies

SALEM — A key affordable housing bill for Redmond moved forward on Monday, while a … Read more

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