Latest Oregon State Legislative Assembly News

Nevada lawmakers advance bill against organized harassment

Apr. 17, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Heather Korbulic says she was driven out of her job as the head of Nevada’s unemployment agency last June because of threats to her personal safety. Korbulic had been “doxxed" and had her personal information circulated...

Deal gives GOP more redistricting power to speed up bills

Apr. 15, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Democrats have agreed to give up an advantage in redrawing the state’s political districts for the next 10 years in exchange for a commitment from Republicans to stop blocking bills in the Oregon Legislature with delay tactics. Oregon Public...

Oregon Senate votes to extend grace period for past-due rent

Apr. 14, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Senate voted in favor of a bill Wednesday that would give tenants struggling with financial hardships due to the pandemic more time to pay past-due rent. Currently, tenants have until July to pay back rent, but under the proposed bill,...

Idaho lawmakers hear pitch to absorb three-fourths of Oregon

Apr. 12, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers appeared intrigued but skeptical on Monday when pitched a plan to lop off about three-fourths of Oregon and add it to Idaho to create what would become the nation’s third-largest state geographically. Representatives of a group...

In bipartisan unity, police reform bills advance in Oregon

Apr. 07, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

SALEM, Oregon (AP) — Republicans and Democrats on the Oregon House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved almost a dozen bills on police reform, a show of bipartisan unity in a Legislature that has been bitterly divided. The bills approved Tuesday evening involve...

Senate GOP leader faces recall effort for not walking out

Apr. 07, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon state Senate Minority Leader Fred Girod faces a recall effort because he was among GOP lawmakers who allowed the chamber to reach a quorum last month while it debated whether to ban firearms in state buildings. Oregon Public Broadcating reports...

Oregon House passes new foreclosure moratorium

Apr. 07, 2021 15:48 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A measure that would reinstate and extend Oregon's moratorium on foreclosures until Sept. 1 during the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday passed the state's House of Representatives. Unlike the bill that was passed by lawmakers last June, the new...

Oregon lawmakers look at improving long-term facilities

Apr. 07, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

Oregon lawmakers have been considering a bill which would establish staffing ratios in long-term care facilities based on patient needs. Sen. Sara Gelser, D-Corvallis who is Senate Bill 714's cosponsor, said there’s not a one-size fits all approach, KLCC reported. ...

Oregon Democrats decry legislative slowdown during COVID

Mar. 31, 2021 20:06 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's House of Representatives returned to the Capitol this week after floor sessions had been cancelled due to multiple COVID-19 cases, but Republicans continue to use a stalling tactic that Democrats say is putting lawmakers' health at risk. ...

Oregon House of Reps. return to long floor session day

Mar. 30, 2021 21:15 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's House of Representatives returned to action on Tuesday after a week of cancelled floor sessions due to multiple confirmed COVID-19 cases within the Capitol. Lawmakers began using a computer program to automatically read hundreds of pages...