Latest Oregon state government News

Oregon school district loses COVID funds for ditching masks

Jan. 26, 2022 17:55 PM EST

ALSEA, Ore. (AP) — A western Oregon school board in a small, rural district that voted to defy state mask-wearing requirements will lose federal COVID-19 relief funds, according to the Oregon Department of Education. Department of Education Director Colt Gill wrote to Alsea School...

Ranked choice voting supporters seek Oregon initiative

Jan. 26, 2022 12:20 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Supporters of a voting method that allows people to rank candidates in order of preference want to give people in Oregon the chance to use the system in statewide elections. "Ranked choice voting” has been used on a limited basis in Benton County, Oregon....

Oregon Legislature: Will Dems, GOP be able to get along?

Jan. 25, 2022 20:34 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As Oregon lawmakers prepare to return to the state Capitol next week for the 35-day legislative session, Republicans and Democrats have differing opinions on what that time should be used for. While Republicans say traditionally the short legislative session...

DeHoog appointed to Oregon Supreme Court

Jan. 21, 2022 18:31 PM EST

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A former Deschutes County Circuit judge serving on the state Court of Appeals has been named to Oregon Supreme Court. Roger J. DeHoog’s appointment, effective immediately, was announced this week by Gov. Kate Brown’s office, The Bulletin reported. ...

Lawsuit: Governor unlawfully commuting prison sentences

Jan. 20, 2022 17:04 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two Oregon district attorneys and the relatives of three homicide victims have filed a lawsuit accusing Gov. Kate Brown of unlawfully freeing nearly 1,000 incarcerated people. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Marion County Circuit Court, The...

Dan Rayfield likely to be Oregon’s next House speaker

Jan. 17, 2022 11:30 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — State Rep. Dan Rayfield is poised to be the next Oregon House Speaker after being officially nominated by Democratic representatives for the post. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that Rayfield, of Corvallis, prevailed Sunday in a contested race to replace...

DeFazio endorses Hoyle in 4th District race

Jan. 15, 2022 00:28 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Retiring Oregon Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio has endorsed Val Hoyle in the race to replace him in the 4th District Congressional seat. DeFazio is stepping down from the position he’s held since 1987. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that DeFazio pointed...

Oregon Supreme Court opens door for alternatives to bar exam

Jan. 13, 2022 20:40 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court has tentatively OK’d a proposal that would give would-be lawyers the option to skip the bar exam and instead become licensed to practice law through experience or supervision. The state’s highest court in a unanimous vote...

Gov. deploys National Guard to hospitals amid COVID surge

Jan. 12, 2022 20:56 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown is deploying Oregon National Guard members to help at hospitals that she says are under extreme pressure due to a COVID-19 omicron-fueled surge in hospitalizations. A total of 1,200 Guard members will be deployed to more than 50 hospitals across...

Oregon Supreme Court to decide Kristof eligibility

Jan. 12, 2022 20:25 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to determine whether former New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof is eligible to run for governor, less than a week after election officials declared him ineligible because he failed to meet the three-year residency requirement. ...