Latest Oregon state government News

Oregon lawmakers seek extra $18m for refugee resettlement

Nov. 27, 2021 18:48 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As Oregon prepares to take in approximately 1,200 Afghan refugees in the next 12 months, state lawmakers are asking the Legislature’s emergency board for an additional $18 million to expand services and capacity. Oregon Public Broadcasting...

Oregon parks department working to add campsites

Nov. 26, 2021 14:08 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregonians will soon have more options for camping — especially those looking for a quick trip — as the state parks department works to finalize details on a capital improvement plan. Oregon Public Broadcasting reported on Thursday staff in...

Judicial panel upholds new congressional districts in Oregon

Nov. 24, 2021 14:37 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Following September's contentious redistricting special session in the Oregon Legislature, a judicial panel on Wednesday unanimously dismissed a challenge to new congressional maps pushed through by state Democrats. Despite accusations by...

Liberal Oregon resists dropping controversial investments

Nov. 23, 2021 20:19 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon residents are increasingly pushing for the state to divest from fossil fuel companies and other controversial investments, but the state treasury is resisting and putting the onus on the Legislature. In addition to fossil fuel companies whose...

COVID-19: Oregon drops outdoor mask requirement

Nov. 23, 2021 15:25 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As COVID-19 cases in Oregon continue to decrease health officials announced Tuesday they are immediately lifting statewide mask requirements in crowded outdoor settings. Oregon was the first state in the U.S. to reimplement an outdoor mask mandate...

Oregon Supreme Court dismisses challenge to legislative maps

Nov. 22, 2021 16:39 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court on Monday dismissed two challenges filed by Republicans to new state legislative districts approved by the Legislature in September. The lawmakers passed new legislative and congressional boundaries that included a new, sixth...

Sen. Betsy Johnson raises $1.8M for Oregon governor campaign

Nov. 18, 2021 19:24 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — State Sen. Betsy Johnson has raised $1.8 million in cash contributions in her campaign to become Oregon’s next governor, campaign finance records showed Thursday. Johnson, a 20-year veteran of the Oregon Legislature and one of its most moderate...

Legal pot growers frustrated by illegal operations in Oregon

Nov. 18, 2021 16:22 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Amanda Metzler, a licensed cannabis grower, has beefed up security around her property and no longer dares to go out alone after dark because of illegal marijuana farms in her region. Elin Miller, a vineyard owner, said the illegal sites have lured...

County in Oregon seeking $7 million to tackle illegal pot

Nov. 11, 2021 19:50 PM EST

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Officials in Jackson County in southwest Oregon plan to ask the state for more than $7.2 million to help crack down on the billions of dollars worth of illegal pot grows across the Rogue Valley. The money would pay for 37 new employees, including...

Outside of Oregon, it's a rocky season for the Pac-12

Nov. 09, 2021 18:49 PM EST

Just about any sort of win in the Pac-12 is cause for fans to rush the field in celebration these days. In Boulder last weekend, the backers of the struggling Colorado Buffaloes stormed the turf after beating a five-win Oregon State team on homecoming. In Tucson, the...