Latest Oregon State Legislative Assembly News

Police officers walk enveloped by teargas in Portland, Friday, March 29, 2020.  After hours of largely peaceful demonstrations, violence escalated late Friday in downtown Portland, as hundreds of people gathered to protest the Minneapolis police killing of a black man, George Floyd . (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP)

Rioting after protest leads to curfews for Seattle, Portland

May. 31, 2020 2:23 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced a 5 p.m. curfew for the entire city Saturday and Washingon Gov. Jay Inslee activated the National Guard after rioters torched police vehicles and spilled onto Interstate 5, forcing the freeway’s temporary closure through the central part of the...

Fagan wins Democratic primary for secretary of state

May. 22, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Shemia Fagan, a state senator from Portland, has won the Democratic primary for Oregon secretary of state. Fagan beat fellow state Sen. Mark Hass, of Beaverton, in a very tight race. She will face state Sen. Kim Thatcher in the fall. Thatcher, from Keizer, won the GOP primary. The...

Longtime legislator who focused on health care dies at 85

May. 16, 2020 8:37 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Mitch Greenlick, a longtime state representative who played an influential role in Oregon's health care policies, has died at age 85. House Speaker Tina Kotek said in a statement that Greenlick died Friday night after battling a number of health issues. Greenlick, a Democrat who had...

Oregon lawmaker faces sexual harassment accusations

May. 4, 2020 11:06 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Seven people have accused an Oregon state representative of harassment, prompting calls for his resignation. Rep. Diego Hernandez, D-Portland, is the subject of accusations ranging from verbal and physical sexual harassment to creating a hostile work environment, KGW-TV reported. The...

Vehicles line up for COVID-19 testing outside of the Monument Valley Health Center in Oljato-Monument Valley, San Juan County, on Friday, April 17, 2020. More than a thousand people got tested over the course of two days. The Navajo Nation has one of the highest per capita COVID-19 infection rates in the country. (Kristin Murphy/The Deseret News via AP)

White House: Oregon among bottom 4 states in virus testing

Apr. 21, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The White House told governors their leadership is critical in testing for the coronavirus, providing a map showing that Oregon is among four states with the lowest testing capacity in the United States. Oregon, Montana, Oklahoma and Maine are able to test fewer than 30 in 1,000 people a...

OR Leg board looks to approve millions for coronavirus aid

Apr. 17, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers are looking to convene a special remote hearing to approve tens of millions of dollars of aid to those affected by the coronavirus outbreak, including hospitals, rentals and workers. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports top lawmakers in both parties say they anticipate the...