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Ex-legislative equity officer sues Oregon for $1.2 million

Apr. 19, 2022 16:31 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man who was tasked with fielding complaints of harassment at the Oregon Capitol is suing the state, saying he was pushed out of the job after reporting serious problems in his office and in the upper ranks of legislative administration. Nate Monson resigned...

Oregon Gov. Brown signs farmworker overtime pay bill

Apr. 19, 2022 15:48 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill into law that phases out the state’s agricultural overtime pay exemption. The Capital Press reported Brown wrote in a letter Friday to Senate President Peter Courtney and Speaker of the House Dan Rayfield that she views...

OR public defense agency agrees to resume paying prosecutors

Mar. 22, 2022 12:34 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The state agency that oversees public defense in Oregon says it will resume paying district attorneys discovery fees after cutting off the payments early this year. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that for years, prosecutors have charged public defenders for...

Oregon lawmakers adjourn 2022 legislative session

Mar. 04, 2022 19:01 PM EST

Oregon lawmakers adjourned the 2022 short legislative session Friday after passing ambitious legislation, including overtime pay for farmworkers, $600 stimulus payments for low-income workers and a $400 million spending package focused on affordable housing and homelessness. "When we...