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Editorials from around Oregon

Aug. 14, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ Mail Tribune, Aug. 13, on state procedures for issuing drivers licenses: Bill Greenstein's lawsuit alleging the state of Oregon wrongly issued a driver's license to the repeat drunk driver who killed his wife is now settled. What's not settled is whether Oregon is...

Opinion: New Oregon death penalty rules affect old cases

Aug. 14, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A recent opinion from the Oregon Department of Justice that a former death row inmate cannot be sentenced to death upon retrial because of a new law curbing the use of the death penalty has the state's prosecutors working to determine how many murder cases might be affected. The...

New Oregon law requires cage-free commercial eggs by 2024

Aug. 14, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's governor has signed a bill requiring eggs produced by commercial farms to eventually be cage-free. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Tuesday that Gov. Kate Brown approved the new law mandating all eggs produced or sold in Oregon must come from cage-free hens by 2024. The...

Public employees sue Oregon over pension law

Aug. 10, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Nine Oregon public employees have sued the state, saying their pension benefits are unfairly reduced by a new law. The Statesman Journal reports that the lawsuit, filed Friday in the Oregon Supreme Court, contests Senate Bill 1049, which the Oregon Legislature passed and Gov. Kate Brown...

Oregon governor won't veto money for new dam in Newport

Aug. 9, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown has reversed a tentative plan to pull back $4 million in state funds for a new dam in Newport, Oregon, after a proposed veto spurred concerns from state lawmakers and members of the state's congressional delegation. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that Brown's office...

More affordable housing options encouraged under Oregon bill

Aug. 8, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon hopes to build its way out of its housing crisis under first-in-the-nation state legislation signed by Gov. Kate Brown Thursday meant to encourage local cities to construct denser, more affordable housing options. The law targets a century-old practice known as "exclusionary...

Editorials from around Oregon

Aug. 7, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ Albany Democrat-Herald, Aug. 5, on Albany joining earthquake warning system: It's just one step forward, but we were nevertheless delighted to read the news about how the city of Albany has joined a pilot program for an early-warning system that eventually could...

Oregon will pick up the postage costs for mail-in ballots

Aug. 2, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon will pay for prepaid postage on mail-in ballots for next year's general election under a law signed by Gov. Kate Brown Friday. It's a bid to increase voter turnout in a state that already leads the nation in voter participation. Participation in the 2018 midterms topped 60%,...

Editorials from around Oregon

Jul. 31, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ Mail Tribune, July 31, on public records ruling: A retired judge's ruling in a public-records case is certainly "confusing," in the words of a newspaper-industry lawyer, but then, so is the statute the judge ruled on. The Legislature should clarify it. At issue is...

Legislative proposals cause cracks in Oregon's wine industry

Jul. 30, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — It was during a sales trip to China in 2017 that Ken Wright knew Willamette Valley wine had arrived on the world stage. "Not only did they know of the Willamette Valley, they knew how to say it correctly and they associated it immediately with Pinot noir," said Wright, founder of Ken...