AT THE CAPITOL: Firearms legislation being considered by the Oregon Legislature would address “ghost guns,” raise the minimum age to purchase a semi-automatic firearm and allow local agencies to forbid firearms on government property
Nyssa parents decry outdoor school gender pronoun policy
An outdoor school’s equity policy inviting students to use their preferred gender pronouns prompted parents in Nyssa to call on the school board to cancel a three-day field trip next month.
Oregon GOP legislators ask for special prosecutor in bourbon scandal
AT THE CAPITOL: Republican leaders in the Oregon Legislature are calling for an investigation into OLCC’s costly new warehouse. They also want a probe into the so-called bourbon scandal. Gov. Tina Kotek earlier requested such an investigation.
Kotek targets behavioral health system crisis – and plans ahead
Oregon’s governor pushes for even more funding to bolster behavioral health services in the state. The funding is part of a five-year plan shared with legislators on Monday, March 20.
Oregon lawmakers hear testimony on abortion, gender-affirming care
AT THE CAPITOL: Legislators listened to hours of testimony on Monday, March 20, about the controversial House Bill 2002. The Oregon legislation comes in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade and putting abortion rights in the hands of states.
Oregon lawmakers propose measures to stem gun violence, stem ‘ghost guns’
The bills are supported by the House Speaker Dan Rayfield and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.
Oregon House passes $200 million for housing and homelessness, calls it a start
The legislation would extend eviction timelines and require new housing goals for cities.
SAIF leader gets $200,000 bonus as board catches up to industry rates
After a national salary review, the board of SAIF Corp. voted to give its president a pay raise and a bonus to put him closer to industry averages.
Salem looks to revive its streetcar system
A legislative proposal hopes to go “back to the future” by studying the feasibility of a streetcar system for Salem commuters. Local historians say the hurdles that killed the system a century ago may come back into play for today’s plans.
Gov. Kotek urges state lawmakers to back literacy initiative
A soon-to-come legislative package rethinks how Oregon teaches its youngest learners to read and write.