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

Capitol Roundup: Legislature’s ‘witching hour’ doomed many bills

Last Friday’s deadline also pushes the pace of surviving legislation

SALEM — Poof! Friday was the first “witching hour” deadline for the 2019 Legislature as … Read more

Outdoor industry backing new business accelerator fund

Bend-based Oregon Outdoor Alliance would lead effort to invest $500,000 in state funds

SALEM — Bend’s outdoor industry is strongly backing a bill to create a $500,000 state … Read more

Oregon state employee emails blacklisted after compromise

SALEM — For the third time in a year, state employees are unable to send … Read more

Bill that would kill Bend short-term rental rules stalls

Legislation would bar local limits statewide

SALEM — The legislative clock is running out on a bill that would overrule local … Read more

State budget road show comes to Redmond

Oregon lawmakers to discuss budget, take public comment

The Legislature’s state budget “road show” will pull into Redmond on Saturday as part of … Read more

Oregon vaccination bill passes key panel

House Health Care Committee approves bill barring non-medical exemptions

SALEM — A bill to remove nonmedical exemptions for schoolchildren not inoculated for communicable diseases … Read more

‘Kaylee’s Law’ has its first public hearing

Bill named after COCC student killed by a campus security officer would add safeguards

SALEM — Grieving family members, frustrated law enforcement leaders and worried students testified Wednesday in … Read more

Helt in middle of vaccination fight

Bend lawmaker wants to end nonmedical exemptions for inoculations

SALEM — A Bend lawmaker is in the middle of one of the most hotly … Read more

Capitol Round-up: New Secretary of State debate

Richardson replacement, budget tour, primaries, lobbyists and clocks in the news

SALEM — The solemn ceremonies for the state funeral of Secretary of State Dennis Richardson … Read more

Richardson lauded for ‘kindness, respect and civility’

SALEM — Former Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, who died in office last month … Read more

Oregon Legislature passes nation’s first statewide rent control policy, eviction protections

The Oregon House on Tuesday approved new eviction protections and a first-in-the-nation statewide rent control … Read more

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