Latest Oregon state government News

Teen activists score mental health days for Oregon students

Jul. 21, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

SALEM, Oregon (AP) — Oregon will allow students to take "mental health days" just as they would sick days, expanding the reasons for excused school absences to include mental or behavioral health under a new law that experts say is one of the first of its kind in the U.S. But don't call it coddling. The...

Senate leader Courtney says he's sticking around

Jul. 21, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney says he has no plans to step aside, despite a bruising legislative session that saw two walkouts by Republicans and criticism from some of his fellow majority Democrats about the Legislature's failure to pass a climate change bill and other...

Bend repeals local bag ban ahead of state law

Jul. 18, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — The Bend City Council has repealed a local plastic bag ban to allow the state's ban to take over. The Bend Bulletin reports that the idea to repeal the local law was floated last month as a way to eliminate confusion between the local law — which started July 1 — and the...

Oregon adds gender identity to hate crime protections

Jul. 17, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gender identity will be added as a protected class as Oregon's hate crime laws see the most significant update since the 1980s under a new measure signed by the governor that also closed a loophole that gave lesser sentences to perpetrators who committed hate crimes alone. "Our hate...

State department official arrested after Bend vehicle crash

Jul. 17, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — An U.S. State Department official was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in Central Oregon. The Bulletin reports Susan Phalen was arrested July 6 on suspicion of DUII and reckless driving in Bend. According to the Oregon Judicial Information Network, as of Tuesday she had not been...

Editorials from around Oregon

Jul. 17, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ Mail Tribune, July 14, on the state Legislature's failure to deliver fire aid: The 2019 legislative session will be remembered more for what it didn't accomplish than for what it did, thanks in large measure to the two walkouts staged by Senate Republicans to block...

Oregon state workers could get up to 15% raises

Jul. 17, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Public employee unions representing Oregon state workers have negotiated new contracts that would provide pay increases of up to 15% over the next two-year budget period. The proposed contracts include both step increases and cost of living increases in each of the next two years....

Oregon passes law saying schools must teach the Holocaust

Jul. 15, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon public school students will be required to learn about the Holocaust and other genocides under a bill signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown on Monday, a measure that was in response to spikes in anti-Semitic incidents across the country. The law was introduced by 14-year old Claire...

Oregon GOP launches effort to recall Democratic Gov. Brown

Jul. 15, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The chairman of the Oregon Republican Party has filed paperwork to launch a recall against Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, citing some of the laws passed in the 2019 legislative session. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Chairman Bill Currier in the Monday filing also pointed to Brown's...

3 suffer minor injuries in small plane crash on Oregon coast

Jul. 8, 2019 10:20 PM EDT

SOUTH BEACH STATE PARK, Ore. (AP) — Police say a pilot and two passengers suffered minor injuries when their small plane crashed on an Oregon coast beach. Oregon State Police say the plane crashed at about 5:10 p.m. Monday south of Depoe Bay near South Beach State Park. The pilot and passengers were taken...