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.
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.
FROM CC:M | Jessica Peterson leads Enlightened Theatrics as productions resume
Jessica Peterson, a Salem native, wants to use music as a bridge. In an interview with Capital Community Media, she explains her life story and her role at Enlightened Theatrics. The story is republished in collaboration with CC:M.
Secretary of State report finds pay inequities persist in state pay despite equity law, raises
AT THE CAPITOL: Auditors found that white people in Oregon benefited more than people of color from pay raises aimed at reducing gaps
No Labels Party qualifies to run candidates in Oregon elections
AT THE CAPITOL: Another minor political party has qualified to field candidates for Oregon elections. The party considers itself centrist.
State caregivers in Oregon picket for better working conditions
Oregon Department of Human Services workers urge bosses to heed their concerns about worker safety and burnout in a unit that cares for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A protest in Salem on Thursday, March 9, underscored the point.
Rape victims seek stronger voice in how Oregon classifies sex offenders
AT THE CAPITOL: Victims of “jogger rapist” Richard Gillmore want Oregon to revamp its system that assigns risk levels to sex offenders.