AT THE CAPITOL: A proposal in the Oregon Legislature would enact a gun permit system as Measure 114 is tied up in the courts. The bill sparked debate March 27 in a Senate committee hearing.
AT THE CAPITOL: A legislative proposal would require schools to alert parents, guardians and employees of safety threats. The development comes as a school shooting in Tennessee on Monday, March 27, left seven dead.
AT THE CAPITOL: Oregon has lagged other states in using tools that can detect prescription drug abuses. Legislators now propose ways to catch up with audit recommendations made years ago.
AT THE CAPITOL: Money for schools and housing would increase under a budget proposal from two key Oregon legislators. They want state agencies to leave unfilled jobs empty as a way to save money.
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
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.
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.
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.
The bills are supported by the House Speaker Dan Rayfield and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.
A soon-to-come legislative package rethinks how Oregon teaches its youngest learners to read and write.