Latest Oregon state government News

Oregon lawmakers lift security measure imposed on senator

Nov. 28, 2022 20:28 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — On Monday an Oregon Senate panel rescinded the protective measure it had imposed on a state senator after he made threatening statements during an acrimonious 2019 legislative session, in a case that centers on free speech. Since July 2019, Sen. Brian Boquist had...

Group files emergency motion to stop Oregon gun control law

Nov. 24, 2022 17:44 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A gun rights group, sheriff and gun store owner filed an emergency motion in federal court late Wednesday seeking to stop enforcement of one of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. The gun control measure narrowly approved by Oregon voters is set go...

Oregon faces snow-plow driver shortage heading into winter

Nov. 24, 2022 11:55 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A shortage of snow plow drivers has made clearing the roads in Oregon a challenge, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation. The agency has almost 40 vacancies for seasonal and permanent positions on its road maintenance team in the eastern part of...

Pediatric respiratory cases, flu strain Pacific NW hospitals

Nov. 23, 2022 15:59 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Children's hospitals in the Pacific Northwest are struggling to maintain enough space for their young patients, and some report being over capacity amid increasing strain due to a surge in respiratory illness and hospitalizations. At the same time, the Seattle...

Oregon public defender shortage: nearly 300 cases dismissed

Nov. 23, 2022 15:16 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — District attorneys in Oregon are once again sounding the alarm over the state's critical shortage of court-provided attorneys for low-income defendants. The lack of public defenders has strained the criminal justice system and left more than 700 people statewide without...

Oregon's governor pardons thousands for pot convictions

Nov. 21, 2022 17:15 PM EST

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday she is pardoning an estimated 45,000 people convicted of simple possession of marijuana, a month after President Joe Biden did the same under federal law. “No one deserves to be forever saddled with the impacts of a conviction for simple...

Sheriff, group sue to block strict Oregon gun control law

Nov. 20, 2022 17:46 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon gun rights group and a county sheriff have filed a federal lawsuit challenging a voter-approved ballot measure that is one of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. The Oregon Firearms Federation and Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey filed...

Oregon Gov. Brown tests positive for COVID-19

Nov. 19, 2022 18:06 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Saturday she and her husband Dan have tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from Vietnam. “We are recuperating at home and, while this changes our Thanksgiving plans, we are grateful for effective vaccines and boosters that...

Homelessness: Oregon's next governor focuses on vexing issue

Nov. 17, 2022 00:43 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Signs of the housing crisis in Oregon are widespread: cluttered tent encampments in city parks, and along bike trails and sidewalks, as well as people living in parked recreational vehicles. Sky-high property prices and a shortage of 111,000 housing units in...

Democrat Andrea Salinas wins US House seat in Oregon's 6th

Nov. 15, 2022 13:20 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Democrat Andrea Salinas has won the U.S. House seat in Oregon’s newly created 6th District. The state representative and former congressional staffer defeated Republican Mike Erickson, a businessman. Salinas was one of two candidates seeking...