Latest Oregon State Legislative Assembly News

Oregon Democrats aim to change quorum after GOP walkouts

Aug. 23, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — After two walkouts this year by minority Republican senators in the Oregon Legislature, Democrats said Friday they will ask voters to change quorum rules, allowing the statehouse to convene with only a simple majority of lawmakers present instead of the current two-thirds requirement....

Gov. signs law expanding National Guard tuition assistance

Aug. 21, 2019 8:28 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown has signed into law a measure allowing members of the Oregon National Guard to receive tuition assistance at Oregon Health and Science University and private institutions in addition to community colleges and public higher education institutions. KATU-TV reports House...

Critics blast Oregon repeal of tsunami-zone building ban

Aug. 16, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — With sunlight sparkling off surrounding Yaquina Bay, workers are putting up an ocean-studies building, smack in the middle of an area expected to one day be hit by a tsunami. Experts say it's only a matter of time before a shift in a major fault line off the Oregon coast causes a...

Public employees sue Oregon over pension law

Aug. 10, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Nine Oregon public employees have sued the state, saying their pension benefits are unfairly reduced by a new law. The Statesman Journal reports that the lawsuit, filed Friday in the Oregon Supreme Court, contests Senate Bill 1049, which the Oregon Legislature passed and Gov. Kate Brown...

More affordable housing options encouraged under Oregon bill

Aug. 8, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon hopes to build its way out of its housing crisis under first-in-the-nation state legislation signed by Gov. Kate Brown Thursday meant to encourage local cities to construct denser, more affordable housing options. The law targets a century-old practice known as "exclusionary...

Political Action Committee helps pay fines for GOP senators

Aug. 8, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A political action committee has donated enough money to cover the majority of fines for each of the 11 Republican state senators in Oregon who walked out of the Capitol to kill a clime change bill in June. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the Stand with Our Senators Political Action...

Program for children of incarcerated mothers in jeopardy

Aug. 5, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A program serving children with mothers in prison is in jeopardy after the Oregon Legislature ended its funding. The Statesman Journal reports the Family Preservation Project connects more than 400 women at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility with their children, providing supervised...

APNewsBreak: Oregon lawmaker's threats triggered fear

Aug. 1, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon state senator's threats against the Senate president and the state police on the eve of a walkout by Senate Republicans in June sent a wave of fear through the Capitol. Some who work in the marbled, domed building wept, expressing fear of returning to the job, emails obtained...

Legislative proposals cause cracks in Oregon's wine industry

Jul. 30, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — It was during a sales trip to China in 2017 that Ken Wright knew Willamette Valley wine had arrived on the world stage. "Not only did they know of the Willamette Valley, they knew how to say it correctly and they associated it immediately with Pinot noir," said Wright, founder of Ken...

Scientists warn Oregon is lagging in disaster preparedness

Jul. 27, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon state lawmakers abandoned a multimillion-dollar project to develop early warning systems for earthquakes and wildfires, and scientists warn that the funding shake-up could endanger public safety and put Oregon further behind other West Coast states in preparing for natural...