Latest Oregon State Legislative Assembly News

Woman pleads not guilty to selling shark fins in Portland

Oct. 13, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A woman has pleaded not guilty to charges of selling dried shark fins in a Portland store. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports 52-year-old Agnes Yu of Happy Valley is charged with four misdemeanor counts of selling dried shark fins at Wing Ming Herbs in southeast Portland. She pleaded...

Oregon agricultural exports hit hard by US-China trade war

Sep. 26, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

MARQUAM, Ore. (AP) — Rancher Jerome Rosa sat in his mud-spattered pickup truck, glumly watching some of his cows resting on a grassy slope in Oregon's fertile Willamette Valley. Rosa, the executive director of the Oregon Cattlemen's Association, told state lawmakers a few days earlier about the disruptions...

Economists: Most state rent increases capped at 9.9% in 2020

Sep. 25, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — State economists announced Wednesday that rent increases will be capped at 9.9% through 2020, the first full year Oregon's new rent control law will be in effect. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the Oregon Legislature this year passed Senate Bill 608 , which imposed the nation's...

Decision not to redo death penalty law met with anger, joy

Sep. 19, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Republican lawmakers were left fuming and justice reform advocates elated after Oregon's governor decided against calling a special session of the Legislature to have lawmakers review a new law narrowing death penalty cases. Despite assurances by Democratic lawmakers during the 2019...

Editorials from around Oregon

Sep. 18, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The Medford Mail Tribune, Sept. 18, on federal financial support: Rural counties in Western states have fought for years to receive reasonable compensation for the vast swaths of federal land within their borders. Members of Congress spend considerable time...

Rep. Wilson says he's out as GOP House minority leader

Sep. 17, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon House Minority Leader Carl Wilson says he's been deposed as leader of the House Republican caucus and he's not going to seek re-election in 2020. Wilson, a Republican from Grants Pass, said he lost a battle over leadership of the GOP caucus to Rep. Christine Drazan, R-Canby,...

Oregon Democrats aim to change quorum after GOP walkouts

Aug. 23, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — After two walkouts this year by minority Republican senators in the Oregon Legislature, Democrats said Friday they will ask voters to change quorum rules, allowing the statehouse to convene with only a simple majority of lawmakers present instead of the current two-thirds requirement....

Gov. signs law expanding National Guard tuition assistance

Aug. 21, 2019 8:28 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown has signed into law a measure allowing members of the Oregon National Guard to receive tuition assistance at Oregon Health and Science University and private institutions in addition to community colleges and public higher education institutions. KATU-TV reports House...