Rep. Jeff Helfrich, R-Hood River, takes over for Rep. Vikki Breese-Iverson, R-Prineville.
A series of legislative meetings this week will preview major issues facing Oregon for the 2025 session, including behavioral health, housing, tolling and the Pac-12 shakeup.
Gov. Tina Kotek’s latest appointment nominations for state boards and commissions includes 11 Salem residents, who would oversee statewide drug policy, education and issues including home care and social work.
Some Republican senators who voters tried to bar from running again filed for reelection. Candidates have until March to file.
Democratic members of Oregon’s congressional delegation criticized the decision to open an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden.
Sen. Kim Thatcher, R-Keizer, accrued more absences than allowed during the 2023 session under an anti-walkout law, but is not involved in a lawsuit by other Republican senators seeking re-election.
The state ethics commission is already investigating other aspects of Shemia Fagan’s conduct while in office, including her side gig with a cannabis company.
The Secretary of State plans to publish monthly lists of campaign finance violations.
Senators deemed ineligible for re-election following a Republican-led walkout include Sen. Kim Thatcher of Keizer, who represents north Salem.
Oregon legislators referred three proposed laws to the state’s voters next November. More could be coming with citizen initiatives.