- Oregon Senate backs new regulations for medical marijuana Updated: May-28-15 3:26 am
SALEM, Oregon - The state Senate voted Wednesday to impose stricter regulations on Oregon's medical marijuana program as lawmakers get ready for the legalization of pot for recreational use.
- Senate panel passes bill extending statute of limitations Updated: May-27-15 7:47 pm
SALEM, Oregon - An Oregon Senate panel advanced legislation Wednesday that would expand the length of time rape or sexual assault victims have to seek charges against their abusers, doubling it from six to 12 years.
- Oregon lawmakers reconsider buffer zone for herbicide sprays Updated: May-22-15 1:39 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Some Oregon lawmakers have revived an effort to limit aerial herbicide spraying on private timberlands by placing mandatory "no-spray" buffers around houses and schools.
- Bill would keep kicker for budget reserves, education Updated: May-21-15 9:52 pm
SALEM, Oregon - An Oregon Democrat introduced a bill Thursday that would cancel anticipated "kicker" tax rebates and use the money instead for education and the state's reserve fund.
- Senate passes bill keeping domestic abusers from having guns Updated: May-21-15 9:25 pm
SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon Senate approved a measure on Thursday aimed at making it harder for people convicted of domestic violence or under a restraining order to keep their firearms.
- Bill to limit grounds for expulsions clears Oregon House Updated: May-21-15 7:13 pm
SALEM, Oregon - A measure trimming back the reasons school children can be kicked out of school in order to address what supporters call the "school-to-prison pipeline" cleared the Legislature on Thursday with bipartisan support.
- Senate confirms controversial Fish and Wildlife pick Updated: May-21-15 4:44 pm
SALEM, Oregon - The state Senate has confirmed two of Gov. Kate Brown's appointments to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, including one who drew vocal opposition from recreational fishing interests.
- Oregon lawmakers to consider sales tax for retail marijuana Updated: May-19-15 9:46 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon lawmakers will consider creating a sales tax for marijuana in place of fees applied to growers, the method approved by voters in last year's ballot measure legalizing the drug.
- Bill expanding birth control access in Oregon revived Updated: May-19-15 8:24 pm
SALEM, Oregon - A bill allowing women to access birth control without a doctor's prescription is once again moving through the Legislature after stalling in committee.
- Oregon House asks voters for authority to impeach governor Updated: May-19-15 6:41 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon voters may be deciding whether state legislators should have power to impeach the governor and other elected officials from the executive branch after the state House approved a resolution Tuesday sending a proposed constitutional amendment to the ballot in 2016.
- Pot panel approves new restrictions for medical marijuana Updated: May-18-15 10:35 pm
SALEM, Oregon - An Oregon Senate special committee unanimously passed legislation on Monday imposing a variety of new restrictions on medical marijuana, a week after a joint committee overseeing the state's marijuana rules stalled on a similar measure.
- Oregon lawmakers consider budget for Fish and Wildlife Updated: May-16-15 12:34 pm
GRANTS PASS, Oregon - Lawmakers are considering how to plug a $32 million funding gap for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife through a combination of raising hunting and fishing license fees, devoting more state revenues to the department and cutting personnel.
- Oregon families should get $284 in tax rebates next year Updated: May-14-15 5:04 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon families should get an average of $284 in tax rebates next year, state economists said Thursday, citing a strong economy and a bump in job growth.
- House: Bikers who can't get a green light may turn on red Updated: May-13-15 8:04 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Citing the annoyance of having to endlessly wait for a green light while on a bike or motorcycle, Oregon House lawmakers unanimously passed legislation Wednesday allowing them to turn at a red light if sensors under the pavement don't flip the signal to "go."
- Oregon governor signs bill expanding gun background checks Updated: May-11-15 6:58 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill Monday requiring background checks on firearm transfers between private parties, making Oregon the eighth state to require screening on nearly all gun sales.
- Oregon Senate votes to ban sales of e-cigarettes to minors Updated: May-11-15 5:54 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon Senators advanced a measure Monday banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors and requiring the inhalant devices be controlled like tobacco products, joining a vast movement of other states pursuing stricter regulations around "vaping."
- Oregon Senate votes to permit sunscreen in schools Updated: May-11-15 4:35 pm
SALEM, Oregon - State senators say Oregon children should be allowed to apply sunscreen or wear hats outdoors while they're at school.
- Oregon budget begins to solidify with revenue forecast Updated: May-09-15 2:02 pm
SALEM, Oregon - When they passed an education budget last month that was roundly criticized as inadequate, Oregon lawmakers promised to add extra money if economists grew more optimistic about the state's forthcoming tax collections.
- Oregon House approves bills clarifying filming of police Updated: May-05-15 8:28 pm
SALEM, Oregon - With national attention focused on the use of force by police, the Oregon House overwhelmingly approved two bills Tuesday seeking clarity on the use of cameras worn by police officers or held by citizens.
- Oregon Senate backs governor's public records audit bill Updated: May-04-15 7:40 pm
SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon Senate is unanimously backing Gov. Kate Brown's bill ordering a review of the state's compliance with public records laws.
- Court's PERS decision raises tough questions for lawmakers Updated: May-02-15 3:01 pm
SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon Supreme Court decision overturning cuts to public-employee pensions will force tough decisions for state lawmakers and local government officials, who face steep hikes in payroll costs.
- Bill allowing self-service gas in rural Oregon passes House Updated: Apr-30-15 8:38 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Motorists traveling along rural roads in Oregon are one step closer to being able to pump their own gas.
- Oregon Senate backs bill banning hunting with drones Updated: Apr-30-15 8:13 pm
SALEM, Oregon - A bill banning the use of drones in hunting and fishing is on its way to Gov. Kate Brown.
- Oregon House passes concealed carry license reciprocity bill Updated: Apr-30-15 7:55 pm
SALEM, Oregon - House lawmakers have passed a bill allowing people with concealed handgun licenses from other states to use them in Oregon.
- Oregon House passes bill targeting insurance confidentiality Updated: Apr-30-15 7:30 pm
SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon House advanced legislation Thursday allowing patients to have information about their medical benefits sent directly to them, and not to the insurance policyholder.