Latest Oregon state government News

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. ...

Port on Columbia River fined $1.3M over nitrate violations

Jan. 12, 2022 16:26 PM EST

BOARDMAN, Ore. (AP) — Oregon has fined the Port of Morrow along the Columbia River $1.3 million for repeatedly over-applying agricultural wastewater on nearby farms in an area that already has elevated levels of groundwater nitrates. The Capital Press reports the state Department...

Gov. Kate Brown has $200 million workforce development plan

Jan. 12, 2022 13:35 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is proposing a a $200 million legislative package to bolster the state’s workforce during the pandemic. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the program, titled “Future Ready Oregon,” aims to prioritize key populations...

Oregon AG asks court to quickly decide Kristof's eligibility

Jan. 11, 2022 20:06 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's attorney general on Tuesday urged the state Supreme Court to promptly decide if former New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof is eligible to run for governor, after elections officials declared he wasn't. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, who until...