Latest Oregon State Legislative Assembly News

Divided Alaska Legislature convenes session in 2 cities

Jul. 8, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Divided Alaska lawmakers have found little to agree on this year, and that includes where to hold a special session. The Alaska state Senate kicked off its second special session in Juneau on Monday and promptly removed its majority leader, who was 600 miles (965 kilometers) away...

Police staffing increased in presence of Oregon senator

Jul. 8, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker who threatened the Senate president and Oregon State Police on the eve of a revolt by GOP senators over a climate-change bill must give notice before coming to the Capitol, where state troopers will beef up their presence, a Senate committee decided Monday. The...

The Latest: Steps taken amid Oregon lawmakers' threats

Jul. 8, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on a hearing by the Oregon state Senate over a lawmaker's comments made during a Republican revolt over climate legislation (all times local): 12:30 p.m. A special committee of the Oregon state Senate decided unanimously on Monday that a Republican senator who threatened the...

Oregon senator, a war veteran, now under fire for threats

Jul. 5, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon state senator who once worked in the world's hotspots as a contractor and soldier now finds himself under fire over threats he made during a Republican revolt over climate legislation. Sen. Brian Boquist, a veteran who served in Iraq, warned Senate President Peter Courtney that...

Oregon GOP finds ways to fight Democrats' grip on power

Jul. 3, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — When Democrats won a supermajority in the Oregon Legislature last November, it seemed they had a clear path ahead to combat global warming, enact gun control and pursue other liberal goals. Instead, it's been a bumpy road. Eight months after Democrats toasted their victories, they have...

Oregon Democrats learn limits of control after GOP walkout

Jul. 3, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — When Democrats won a supermajority in the Oregon Legislature last November, it seemed they had a clear path ahead to combat global warming, enact gun control and pursue other liberal goals. Instead, it's been a bumpy road. Eight months after Democrats toasted their victories, they have...

Bill to put non-unanimous juries before voters fails

Jul. 2, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Despite broad support, a measure that would put Oregon's controversial jury system before voters died in the Oregon Senate during the final days of the 2019 legislative session. Oregon is the only state in the country that allows for convictions via non-unanimous juries in criminal...

Oregon minimum wage increases by 50 cents

Jul. 1, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Minimum wage workers in Oregon have received a 50-cent raise as part of a phased-in series of annual increases. KOIN-TV reports the bump in pay Monday impacted about 162,000 Oregonians. The Oregon State Legislature in 2016 approved a set of increases in the minimum wage until 2022,...

Democrats demand action on Republican who threatened police

Jun. 30, 2019 11:25 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Just one day after Republicans ended a walkout that shut down the Legislature for over a week, the Senate was once again delayed Sunday -- this time by Democrats demanding that a Republican senator who threatened state police be barred from the floor. Voting in the Senate was pushed back...

Dems finish legislative session with top priorities in hand

Jun. 30, 2019 10:31 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature wrapped up what has been a whirlwind of a session Sunday, with Democrats ultimately delivering some of their biggest legislative priorities to the governor's desk hours before a midnight deadline. Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick called it an incredibly...