Latest Oregon State Legislative Assembly 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 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,...

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...

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...

Oregon state song updated to remove racist language

Jun. 07, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature has approved changes to the lyrics of Oregon’s state song to remove racist language and make the lyrics more inclusive. House Concurrent Resolution 11, approved Monday by a vote of 47-6, modifies the lyrics, while keeping...

Video: Lawmaker coached residents to breach state Capitol

Jun. 04, 2021 21:16 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon lawmaker charged with misconduct and criminal trespass after he let far-right rioters into the state Capitol appears to have told people in a video days beforehand that he would let them into the building if they texted him. A video...

Panel: OR lawmaker accused of harassment must get training

Jun. 04, 2021 20:24 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The conduct committee of the Oregon House of Representatives unanimously decided Friday that an Oregon state representative who sent inappropriate texts to a fellow lawmaker must attend coaching and training. The committee on Tuesday had decided that...

Advocates hopeful climate bill can pass Oregon Legislature

Jun. 02, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon would adopt one of the country’s most ambitious timelines for eliminating carbon dioxide emissions from its power grid under a bill being considered by the Legisltature this year. House Bill 2021 — a product of negotiations between the...