As the floodwaters began to recede in eastern Oregon, rescue efforts gave way to recovery Sunday, and authorities confirmed one woman had been killed.
So many people flocked to the Oregon State Capitol to testify Saturday at a public hearing on a climate change bill that the allotted time for each to speak was reduced to 90 seconds.
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Timber Unity wants the state to plant trees along roads to act as carbon sinks and wants state government agencies to buy goods and services locally to reduce their carbon footprint. It also wants Oregon to boost its recycling infrastructure and allow businesses to write off more quickly the costs of upgrading to greener technology.
Oregon lawmakers are heading into the second week of the short session with tensions between the two parties running high over the undercurrent of a possible Republican walkout.
The legislation requires gun owners to secure their firearms with a trigger or cable lock, in a locked container such as a safe or gun room. Violators could be fined up to $500.
A bill to enshrine the independence of Oregon’s public records advocate in law and end the governor’s role in hiring and firing the government transparency advocate is scheduled for a legislative hearing Monday morning.
The United States passed an ominous milestone in 2018. A record 24,432 people died by firearm suicide in 2018, according to data released in January by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In December, OPB published a story looking at how Oregon’s 2-year-old extreme risk protection order law was being used. The orders, known as ERPOs or red flags, allow law enforcement and family to petition a court to remove someone’s firearms if they are in danger of hurting themselves or others.
Laid off former NORPAC workers would receive up to an additional 26 weeks of unemployment benefits under a bill that advanced out of an Oregon Senate committee last week.
In 2018, the Republican party’s candidate for governor of Oregon painted himself as a centrist, criticized President Donald Trump’s environmental stance and said he didn’t want to be linked to divisive national figures.
You may not generally think of it this way, but an unpaid fine for a traffic ticket can have a huge impact on a person’s life, particularly if you’re poor, or homeless, or live in a rural area or are a person of color.
State Reps. Jack Zika, R-Redmond, and Cheri Helt, R-Bend, are asking Oregon lawmakers to approve a measure that should make a dent in the state’s damaging lack of child care. House Bill 4096 may undergo tweaking, to be sure, but the pair’s approach to the problem is both thoughtful and likely to be successful.
The Oregon Senate’s Committee on General Government and Emergency Preparedness gets down to business in Senate Bill 1506 on Monday when it holds a public hearing on the bill at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room B of the Capitol.
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