Rep. Helt hosts town hall on Saturday

Rep. Cheri Helt, R-Bend, will host a public town hall at noon on Saturday at … Read more

Bend housing bill gets quick OK from House

Redevelopment of commercial strips could include housing above shops

SALEM — A bill to allow Bend to build housing in some areas zoned for … Read more

Governor and GOP play hardball over carbon cap

Brown invokes special session — and using state police — as Republican senators weigh walk-out

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown said she would call a special session of the Legislature … Read more

Legislature hurtles toward deadline

Major bills moved on Tuesday

SALEM — With as few as eight working days left before it is required to … Read more

Housing bill just for Bend could spur redevelopment on Third Street

Democrats back Republican’s bill as it races to beat end-of-session deadline

SALEM — A late-night meeting, a “gut-and-stuff,” bipartisan support and bureaucratic help have combined to … Read more

Capitol Round-up: Legislature wrestles with what to pass, what to fund

Campaign finance, rural housing, university construction and boating are on the agenda

SALEM — The Legislature’s main focus on Monday was the epic House floor debate over … Read more

Democrats pass cap-and-trade bill in Oregon House

Bill moves to Senate; governor says she will sign sweeping climate legislation

SALEM — Oregon is on the precipice of becoming the second state, after California, to … Read more

House proposes oil train fees to fund spill planning

SALEM — The Oregon House passed a bill Monday that would create new fees on … Read more

Electric-powered boats not coming to paddle-only lakes anytime soon

Law lifting ban will take time to implement on affected lakes, including nine in Deschutes County

SALEM — Electric-powered boats won’t start appearing soon on 21 state lakes, rivers and waterways … Read more

Bend legislation in limbo as session nears finish

Approaching end of 2019 session increases odds against some bills

SALEM — The Capitol acted like a giant lawmaking percolator on Tuesday, pouring out bills … Read more

Capitol roundup: Electric motors could be OK’d on Devils, Todd and other lakes

School restraints, a squabble over campaign reform and Bigfoot also items in Salem

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown has been busily signing new laws, a clear sign that … Read more

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

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