Latest Oregon State Legislative Assembly News

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...

Kotek stepping down as Speaker to focus on governor's race

Jan. 06, 2022 16:23 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek announced Thursday she will resign from the Legislature to focus on her gubernatorial run. The last day for the longest-tenured speaker in state history will be Jan. 21. “I am forever grateful to my constituents,...

Courtney, Oregon's longest-serving lawmaker, retiring

Jan. 05, 2022 19:23 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's longest-serving lawmaker and current Senate President, Peter Courtney, confirmed on Wednesday he is retiring. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that Courtney, a Democrat in his 38th year as a lawmaker, informed colleagues he would not seek...

Celebration of Oregon’s diversity debuts at Portland airport

Dec. 24, 2021 09:13 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — At first glance, Eugene artist Liza Mana Burns’ latest mural is a bright and colorful panorama depicting Oregon’s diverse landscape. However, the work, titled “Celebrate Oregon!” actually contains images of 127 seemingly random objects: a wine bottle,...

Ex-NYT columnist Kristof files to run for Oregon governor

Dec. 20, 2021 13:43 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Former New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof said Monday he has officially filed to run for Oregon governor in the Democratic primary. Kristof, who announced his candidacy in October and raised more than $1 million in less than a month, says the state...

Awash in illegal pot farms, Oregon plans millions for relief

Dec. 16, 2021 17:02 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Theft of water during a drought. Exploitation of immigrant laborers. Intimidation of residents by armed criminals. A Democratic state senator from southern Oregon said his region, awash in illegal marijuana farms that are protected by gunmen, is starting to look...

Sen. Betsy Johnson to resign to focus on Oregon governor run

Dec. 14, 2021 19:10 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon state Sen. Betsy Johnson announced Tuesday she will be resigning this week to focus on running for governor. In a video statement, Johnson said she will officially step down from the Legislature Wednesday. “My reason is simple:...

Oregon lawmakers pass rental assistance in special session

Dec. 13, 2021 22:22 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers on Monday passed additional safety nets to keep housed thousands of people currently struggling to pay rent or facing eviction during the pandemic and also approved money to combat illegal marijuana grows. During a one-day special legislative...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Dec. 10, 2021 13:13 PM EST

Barre-Montpelier Times Argus. December 9, 2021. Editorial: Wisdom The governor is feeling tested these days. He is getting pushback from Vermonters who feel he and his administration are not doing enough to further mitigate the positive cases of COVID that are...