Background Check Bill Goes to Rules Committee. Again.

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Senators who feared a vote on gun control this legislative session can relax: A controversial measure expanding background checks has landed in the Rule Committee, where a nearly identify bill died last year. Unless its biggest supporter can find the votes, the bill will go the way of its predecessor. Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene) largely blames a fellow Democrat for its likely demise.  "You ...   More
 
Friday, February 14, 2014 by Kate Willson

Key Republican Won't Vote for Gun Control Bill

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A state Senator in a key swing district said this morning she will not support a controversial gun control bill. "It is disappointing that we are focusing on such a divisive topic when the issue that deserves our attention is mental health care," Sen. Betsy Close (R-Albany) wrote in a statement. "A better funded, more effective mental health care system will do far more to prevent mass gun violence ...   More
 
Thursday, February 6, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Attempt to Prevent Oregon Driver Card Qualifies for Ballot, Opposition Coalition Kicks Up

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An effort to repeal a legislative bill that would have allowed driving privileges to those who can't prove U.S. citizenship qualified for the ballot today, and a coalition has already kicked up to defeat it.Shortly after the Secretary of State verified the campaign's signatures to refer Senate Bill 833 to the 2014 ballot, opponents issued a statement, saying that forbidding immigrants a way ...   More
 
Friday, October 18, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

UPDATED: Union Groups Co-Host Rally But Disagree on Title, Priorities

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Union groups plan to descend on the Oregon State Capitol on Monday, but they can't seem to agree on what to call the rally—or why they're having it.The SEIU 503, which represents state workers, advertises the Presidents Day event as “A Day of Action for Oregon’s Future.” (Fliers for the rally were handed out at an Occupy Portland event Thursday night.)But the Oregon Education Association—which ...   More
 
Friday, February 17, 2012 HANNAH HOFFMAN

Lawmakers Punt Litmus Test 911 Bill

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An obscure bill heard Wednesday in an obscure state legislative committee served to underscore a far larger point—it will be extremely difficult to get lawmakers to give up one of their semi-secret weapons: the ability to "sweep" special funds designated for specific funds into the general fund. That is a tool that lawmakers have historically used to balance the state's budget, and a privilege they ...   More
 
Thursday, June 2, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Transparency Papers

The Attorney General’s bid to make public records more open meets hostility from cities.


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Last year, Stephanie Stewart, land-use co-chair of the Mount Tabor Neighborhood Association,    More
 
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Cool Schools On Ice

Gov. Kitzhaber’s top campaign priority loses heat.


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Last fall, gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber campaigned on what seemed a novel concept. He proposed renovating hundreds of Oregon schools to make them more energy efficient and create jobs. T   More
 
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Green Machine

New green-energy tax breaks make critics see red.


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Newly proposed green-energy tax credits in Oregon are prompting watchdog groups to warn that the measure is a warmed-up version of a discredited idea. And the tax watchdogs blasting the proposal f   More
 
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Killing All Cop Bills

Who’s stopping police reform in the Capitol?


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State Rep. Lew Frederick entered the 2011 Legislature with a package of bills he hoped would respond to the six officer-involved shootings last year in Portland. Halfway through the session, Frede   More
 
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Breaking The Cycle

Showdown in the OEA’s corral: Lawmakers want to limit teacher comp to money available.


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School districts across Oregon are preparing to lay off thousands of teachers next fall. Inevitably, those teachers and their supporters    More
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

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