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Under court order, DHS will restore in-home care services
The department has been sued by families of patients with intellectual or developmental disabilities who had services cut by the state.
Review of Oregon’s wolf management plan begins
Review of Oregon’s wolf management plan begins
A public hearing April 21 in Klamath Falls begins what is certain to be a contentious rehash of wolves’ impact on livestock and wild prey.
Oregon GMO liability bill survives Legislature’s deadline
Oregon GMO liability bill survives Legislature’s deadline
A bill that would allow biotech patent holders to be sued for unwanted GMO presence in Oregon has survived a crucial deadline.
Oregon water rights fee wins committee approval
Oregon water rights fee wins committee approval
A bill that would impose an annual water rights fee has passed the House Energy and Environment Committee without a specific amount.
Senate passes public records request response deadline
Senate passes public records request response deadline
The legislation by a task force convened by Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum now heads to the House.
Massive health care cuts on possible budget reduction list
About 350,000 Oregonians would no longer be eligible for coverage under the recent Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion.
Bills imposing new dairy, forestry regulations fail
Bills imposing new dairy, forestry regulations fail
Bills that would impose new regulations on dairy air emissions and notification requirements for forestry pesticide sprays have failed.
Malheur County economic development bill moves out of committee
The legislation would create a specific fund and advisory board. Seven voting members appointed by the governor would make grants and loans intended to spur economic development.
Gun bills evoke strong emotions at Oregon Capitol
Gun bills evoke strong emotions at Oregon Capitol
A bill by Sens. Boquist and Burdick would create an extreme risk protection order process for people who are a danger to themselves and others.
Bill would eliminate a dozen obsolete boards and commissions
The state has more than 250 boards and commissions, some of which venture deep into bureaucratic esoterica.
Bill proposing solar restrictions on farmland dies
Bill proposing solar restrictions on farmland dies
A bill requiring solar developers to conduct an alternatives analysis before siting projects on high-value farmland has died.
Oregon hemp commission proposal passes muster
Oregon hemp commission proposal passes muster
A proposal to create the Oregon Industrial Hemp Commission, which would fund promotions and research, has passed an initial committee, along with bills funding the battle against sudden oak death and creating a farmland preservation fund.
Bills reversing GMO pre-emption die in Oregon
A battle over Oregon’s statewide pre-emption of local GMO regulations has died in the House and Senate.
Oregon wetland exemption moves forward
Oregon wetland exemption moves forward
An exemption to Oregon’s wetland fill-removal law has passed a key committee with a “do pass” recommendation for a House floor vote.
Oregon GMO pre-emption battle continues in Senate
Oregon GMO pre-emption battle continues in Senate
A battle over Oregon’s statewide pre-emption of local GMO regulations has died in the House but continues in the Senate.
Legislation could prevent some deportations of legal immigrants
The proposal is in an amendment to Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum’s bill to discourage racial profiling.
Buehler says Dems’ ethics charge is politically motivated
Democrats charge Buehler failed to disclose consulting fees, but ethics commission told his office it wasn’t required.
Oregon water measurement bill passes initial committee
Oregon water measurement bill passes initial committee
A bill requiring water measurement devices for Oregon irrigators has passed the House Energy and Environment Committee.
Support grows for stringent tracking of medical pot
Support grows for stringent tracking of medical pot
Lawmakers say leaky medical marijuana program needs tighter rules if it hopes not to run afoul of federal guidelines.
Report: Oregon’s wolf population growth ‘weak’ in 2016
Report: Oregon’s wolf population growth ‘weak’ in 2016
ODFW doesn’t believe the low growth is a trend, offers explanations and emphasizes the count includes only confirmed wolves.
Richardson wants to change rules to keep more voters active
Richardson wants to change rules to keep more voters active
The secretary of state wants to change state election rules, extending to 10 years the time Oregonians can be kept on the active voter rolls without voting.
Oregon budget hangs on May revenue forecast
Quarterly forecast will give lawmakers last picture of state’s finances before session ends.
Ping pong, exercise room provide fun at lottery HQ
Ping pong, exercise room provide fun at lottery HQ
Various donated amenities provide Oregon Lottery headquarter employees workplace diversions.
Bills would relax Oregon land use rules
Five bills would relax Oregon land use rules to spur rural development.
Lawmakers recommend accountability measures for ODOT
The group wants authority over the ODOT director to go back to the OTC, a website to track project, tighter contracts.
As deadline looms, no clear PERS plan has emerged
April 18 is the last day bills can move out of committee, and work sessions on various plans to reduce retirement costs have yet to be scheduled.
Bills would stave off opening of second women’s prison
Bills would stave off opening of second women’s prison
Efforts to expand early release program had hearings Tuesday and Wednesday.
$5.6 million for Oregon farm-to-school funding passes key committee
$5.6 million for Oregon farm-to-school funding passes key committee
A bill directing $5.6 million for Oregon’s farm-to-school program has passed a key committee.
Farmland protection fund criticized as unaffordable
Farmland protection fund criticized as unaffordable
A proposed fund to protect Oregon farmland was criticized for using public dollars to help agriculture.
Psychiatric Security Review Board drops suit against Malheur newspaper
Governor intervenes to get lawsuit dropped, and records of former psychiatric patient accused of new murder released.