Latest Oregon State Legislative Assembly News

COVID case delays contentious redistricting in Oregon

Sep. 22, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

A broken power-sharing deal, the lingering possibility of a Republican walkout and a COVID-19 case are adding greater uncertainty to whether Oregon legislators will successfully redraw the state’s political districts ahead of a tight deadline. Stakes are high as Oregon...

Oregon redistricting talks adjourn early over COVID case

Sep. 21, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

One day after the Democratic speaker of the Oregon House rescinded a power-sharing deal she made with Republicans to redraw political maps — and as questions lingered whether GOP lawmakers would show up to work at the Capitol — legislators were sent home Tuesday following reports of a...

Oregon Dems void power-sharing redistricting deal with GOP

Sep. 20, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

The Democratic speaker of the Oregon House on Monday rescinded a deal she made with Republicans to share power as lawmakers redraw political boundaries and add an additional U.S. House seat for the state. The now defunct agreement made earlier this year had drawn national...

Brown calls special session for Oregon redistricting

Sep. 10, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown says the Oregon Legislature will return to the Capitol Sept. 20 for a special session to adopt new congressional and legislative district maps. The state Constitution does not allow the governor to limit the length of a special...

Oregon starts wrestling over new congressional district

Sep. 03, 2021 16:42 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — With Oregon getting an additional congressional seat based on population growth, Republican and Democratic state lawmakers on Friday presented dueling visions on where that new district should be. The Oregon House interim committee on redistricting,...

Oregon House Speaker Kotek announces run for governor

Sep. 01, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Tina Kotek, the Speaker of the Oregon House, announced Thursday she is running for governor. Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat like Kotek, cannot run for re-election in 2022 due to term limits. Kotek, a Portland lawmaker, has led the state House since...

Oregon extends foreclosure moratorium as COVID cases spike

Aug. 16, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday she is extending the statewide residential mortgage foreclosure moratorium, for those experiencing financial hardship during the ongoing pandemic, until Dec. 31. The moratorium, which allows homeowners to...

Oregon lawmakers begin redistricting as census data released

Aug. 12, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers are starting the once-a-decade process of redrawing electoral maps that will determine how voters pick state representatives, state senators and members of Congress for the next five election cycles. In a normal redistricting year,...

Lawsuit to block unionization of Oregon’s Capitol staff

Aug. 09, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A lawsuit filed in Oregon Appellate Court last week is challenging the efforts of staff within Oregon’s Legislature to unionize. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the Freedom Foundation — a group that combats public sector unions in Oregon,...

EXPLAINER: Backlog of aid slows Oregon eviction response

Jul. 30, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire Saturday, after the Biden administration extended the original date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was the only...