Latest Oregon state government News

Oregon legislator is 1st-ever ousted after Statehouse breach

Jun. 11, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Republican lawmakers voted with majority Democrats in the Oregon House of Representatives to take the historic step of expelling a Republican member who let violent, far-right protesters into the state Capitol on Dec. 21. Legislators said on the House...

Oregon's eviction moratorium to expire at the end of June

Jun. 11, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As Oregon nears its vaccination target to reopen the economy, Gov. Kate Brown announced Friday she is extending the state's mortgage foreclosure moratorium through September. However, the governor was unable to extend the state's eviction...

Oregon lawmakers expel Republican House legislator who let violent protesters into state Capitol during pandemic closure

Jun. 10, 2021 23:27 PM EDT
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers expel Republican House legislator who let violent protesters into state Capitol during pandemic closure.

Lawmakers remove state legislator over Oregon Capitol breach

Jun. 10, 2021 23:22 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Lawmakers in Oregon on Thursday night expelled a Republican legislator who let violent, far-right protesters into the Statehouse. Rep. Mike Nearman was the first member of the House to be expelled in its 160-year history. The House voted 59-1 to...

Oregon Legislature OKs measure to protect homeless campers

Jun. 09, 2021 20:54 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature gave final passage Wednesday to a bill to protect homeless campers in public spaces. The measure, which goes to Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, mandates that any city or county law must be reasonable if it regulates “sitting,...

Curbside glass recycler fined $1M for air quality violations

Jun. 09, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined the state’s largest glass container recycler over $1 million for repeated air quality violations. The agency said last week it had issued a $1.03 million fine to Owens-Brockway, a...

Oregon Legislature expands options for affordable housing

Jun. 09, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature has approved a measure expanding options for the development of affordable housing. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that the final version of Senate Bill 8 was passed by the Senate 25-5 on Tuesday. It previously passed the...

21 Oregon counties in 'lower risk' level on Friday

Jun. 08, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As Oregon moves closer to lifting COVID-19 related restrictions statewide and reopening the economy, Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday that 21 of the state's 36 counties will increase capacity in restaurants, gyms, indoor entertainment venues and retail stores...

Expert: State hazard tree removal program working

Jun. 08, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An independent forester hired to do a hasty review of the state’s controversial hazard tree removal program has concluded that 96% of the 2,200 trees he recently examined were appropriately marked for removal. He said the program also has the...

Oregon lawmaker faces expulsion in assault on state Capitol

Jun. 07, 2021 21:20 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker faces being expelled from office after a video emerged apparently showing him choreographing how he would let far-right protesters into the closed Oregon Capitol days before he did so in December. The crowd entered the...