Latest Oregon state government News

Lawmakers revisit worker protections for off duty pot use

Dec. 17, 2018 7:57 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers will consider making it illegal for businesses to fire employees who flunk drug tests for using marijuana off the clock, reviving a workers' rights campaign that failed in the statehouse last year. The Statesman Journal reports that a proposed bill would also change...

Oregon SOS reverses decision to leave land board

Dec. 17, 2018 6:29 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's secretary of state, the highest-ranking elected Republican in state government, has withdrawn his decision to leave the state land board. Richardson's government and legal affairs director, Steven Elzinga, said in an email Monday that Richardson reversed his decision after...

Motel owners arrested after fires

Dec. 17, 2018 2:55 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The owners of the Super 8 Motel in Creswell, Oregon, were arrested after investigators determined two fires at their motel were intentionally set. KOIN reports that officials responded to the motel on Nov. 22 shortly before 9:30 p.m. The fire was quickly extinguished. At the time of...

Oregon library halts book-discard effort after list revealed

Dec. 15, 2018 11:14 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A public library in Oregon's capital city has halted its campaign to discard underused books after a list made public revealed it included books by former Oregon Gov. Mark Hatfield, former president Jimmy Carter and popular scientist Carl Sagan. The Statesman Journal reports in a story...

Over 100K lose power as high winds hit Washington, Oregon

Dec. 14, 2018 9:39 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — High winds toppled trees and power lines, causing thousands to lose power and roads to be closed across Washington and Oregon. The National Weather Service issued high wind warnings Friday for Oregon and Washington's Pacific Coast and Washington's northern interior with wind advisories for...

Report: Changes needed to prevent harassment at Capitol

Dec. 14, 2018 11:13 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Lawmakers have been told the Oregon Legislature needs to make structural and cultural changes to ensure the Capitol building is free from harassment. Chief among the recommendations from the Oregon Law Commission's Oregon State Capitol Workplace Harassment work group is the creation and...

Landslide closes interstate exit in the Gorge

Dec. 14, 2018 10:51 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A small landslide has spilled debris on the side of an exit ramp along eastbound Interstate 84, forcing the Oregon Department of Transportation to close that ramp through the weekend. KOIN reports that Exit 41, the ramp to the Northeast Eagle Creek Loop in the Columbia River Gorge, is...

Former judge's law license suspended for 30 days

Dec. 14, 2018 8:56 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court suspended the law license of a retired Clackamas County Circuit judge, finding that after he left the bench and went into private practice, he wrongly represented a man in a child custody case. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the court decided Thursday to...

New report finds Oregon public defender system is flawed

Dec. 13, 2018 2:31 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's system of public defenders for indigent people is so flawed it can't guarantee clients are getting the defense they're owed, according to a new draft report. Oregon Public Broadcasting said the report was completed by the Sixth Amendment Center, a nonprofit group that studies...

Oregon to test newly designed driver's licenses this month

Dec. 13, 2018 12:15 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon will soon be issuing newly designed driver's licenses and ID cards in what state transportation officials say is the biggest overhaul of the cards since 2003. State Department of Transportation Director Matt Garrett tells The Oregonian/OregonLive that a number of Driver and...