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March 27, 2017

Oregon Democrats call for party unity in wake of Trump

by Claire Withycombe/Captial Bureau
State party leaders try to end rift between Clinton and Sanders supporters to prevent GOP advances.
EO MEDIA GROUP - Under House Bill 3116, ungraded eggs could be sold at Oregon roadside stands, farmers' markets and other direct marketing venues as long as they're labeled as such and are examined with a candling light for inner defects.
March 27, 2017

Bill would remove Oregon egg-grading requirement

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
It's illegal to sell ungraded eggs to consumers in Oregon. A House bill would reconcile the statute with common practice.
March 27, 2017

State mental health board staffs to merge, grow

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
The combined staff will grow by two full time equivalents, and need larger offices.
March 27, 2017

Lawmakers consider sharing cost of Portland traffic bottlenecks

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The proposal is one a legislative committee is considering for a transportation package this session.
March 24, 2017

Draft plan released to reform ODOT in wake of $1 million evaluation

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
DAS recommends hiring consultants to help work out problems at the department.
March 23, 2017

Senate passes bill to raise smoking age to 21

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The bill by Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Beaverton, now heads to the House of Representatives, where it has bipartisan support.
March 23, 2017

Businesses: Paid family leave adds to fatigue of Legislature-imposed mandates

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Proponents of the statewide proposal say the United States is the only developed nation that doesn't offer the benefit.
March 23, 2017

Advocates, legislators seek more money for veteran services

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Veterans and their supporters say governor isn't meeting spirit of Measure 96 and its allocation of lottery money.
EO MEDIA GROUP - Pigs relax outdoors in this ile photo. Oregon lawmakers are contemplating a bill barring discrimination against pigs or any particular species of livestock.
Mar 23, 2017 47

Oregon lawmakers consider banning livestock discrimination

Legislator says species-specific restrictions seem to run against Oregon's 'right to farm' laws.
Mar 22, 2017 41

Farmworker housing operations tax credit bill moving through Legislature

Senate Bill 1, which is supported by a coalition of agriculture and housing groups, has moved out of the Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue.
EO MEDIA GROUP - A linear irrigation system operates in a corn field in Oregon's Willamette Valley. A bill under consideration in the Legislature would impose an annual $100 fee for each of Oregon's nearly 89,000 water rights.
Mar 22, 2017 44

Oregon irrigators criticize $100 water rights fee proposal

Farmers overwhelmingly testified against House Bill 2706, which aims to raise money for water management, during a March 22 hearing.
CAPITAL BUREAU - The Department of Administrative Services plans to recommend that the state spend more money and hire more independent contractors to address issues at ODOT discovered by a $1 million performance audit of ODOT.
Mar 22, 2017 40

ODOT review could lead to hiring more consultants

To fix problems found in $1 million audit, DAS says it needs more outside studies.
REP. JULIE PARRISH - Left to to right, Lori Sattenspiel of the Oregon School Boards Association, Samuel Littlefield, a senior at Alsea High School, and Alsea schools Superintendent Marc Thielman speak to the House Committee on Veterans and Emergency Preparedness Tuesday, March 21, at the Capitol in Salem.
Mar 21, 2017 78

Small schools seek funding to address seismic concerns

A 2007 survey of seismic needs excluded some schools with enrollment of less than 200.
EO MEDIA GROUP - A bill in the Oregon Legislature would override U.S. Food and Drug Administration rules on the use of antibiotics in livestock.
Mar 21, 2017 47

Critics urge more livestock antibiotics oversight in Oregon

Critics of federal oversight of livestock antibiotics want Oregon lawmakers to pass a bill that would limit antibiotic uses.
COURTESY DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE - The temporary marijuana payment station at the Department of Revenue in Salem. The costs associated with collecting marijuana taxes have been more than originally estimated.
Mar 21, 2017 47

Costs of administering pot taxes escalating

The tax has proven a considerable windfall for the state, but it has also created complications for the state's tax-collecting agency.
Mar 20, 2017 62

Bill would seal names of sex crime victims, witnesses

Civil rights activists, defense lawyers and journalists claim the bill could be unconstitutional.
Mar 20, 2017 59

High pesticide level in store's pot prompts recall

Like other agricultural products, cannabis is subject to pesticide testing, but the regulatory structure is a work in progress.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, poses for a photo before making recommendations for investment in maintaining roads and reinforcing bridges in the state during a meeting of the legislative Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization at the Oregon Capitol in Salem Monday, March 20, 2017.
Mar 20, 2017 63

Legislative group recommends $255 million to $312 million in new road, bridge spending

That level of spending is equal to a 9- to 11-cent increase in the gas tax, but the revenue would likely come from a variety of sources.
EO MEDIA GROUP - Malheur County farmer Jerry Erstrom points out a genetically engineered creeping bentgrass plant June 14, 2016, on an irrigation ditch bank near Ontario, Ore. Erstrom testified March 16 in favor of proposed legislation in Oregon that would allow farmers whose crops are damaged by GMOs to sue patent holders for damages.
Mar 17, 2017 88

Bill would authorize GMO trespass lawsuits against patent holders

A bill under consideration in Oregon would allow landowners to sue biotech patent holders over trespass by genetically engineered crops.
Mar 17, 2017 94

Fish and Wildlife Commission curtails summer gillnetting

New rules for fishing on the lower Columbia River still diverge from those of neighboring Washington.