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COURTESY PHOTO - Oregon State Police Trooper Nic Cederberg received the National Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor May 22 at a White House ceremony.
May 23, 2019

Cederberg awarded nation's highest police honor

by Aubrey Wieber/Oregon Capital Bureau
State Trooper is first Oregonian to receive Medal of Valor from President Trump after surviving a harrowing Christmas Day 2016 shootout.
COURTESY PHOTO: AUBREY WIEBER/OREGON CAPITAL BUREAU - Rep. Karin Power, D-Milwaukie, and Sen. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland, leaders of the cap-and-trade proposal, speak at a rally outside the Capitol.
May 23, 2019

Cap-and-trade bill takes step toward reality

by Aubrey Wieber/Oregon Capital Bureau
Landmark carbon pricing proposal moved out of committee on a party-line vote after months of hearings and amendments.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Sen. Jackie Winters, a Salem Republican, says her health has prevented her from returning to the Capitol. She's 'working hard' to get back into the political fray, Winters said.
May 23, 2019

Winters' cancer battle keeps her off Legislature's front lines

by Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau
Veteran Marion County lawmaker says she's 'working hard' to get back to work at the Capitol.
May 22, 2019

Measure 11 reform, other criminal justice bills move forward

by Aubrey Wieber/Oregon Capital Bureau
Criminal justice policies are Legisalture's theme of the week, including bill to reform how juveniles accused of violent crimes are tried and sentenced.
May 20, 2019

Lawmakers wrestle with plans for kicker 'windfall'

by Mark Miller/Oregon Capital Bureau
Paying down PERS debt is one strategy, and others want to 'sock it away' for a rainy budget day
Peter Courtney
May 16, 2019

Tough choices, closed door deals result in Senate returning to business

by Aubrey Wieber, Claire Withycombe and Mark Miller/Oregon Capital Bureau
Personal diplomacy over the weekend, out of public view, allowed Democrats and Republicans to end legislative stalemate.
PMG FILE PHOTO - A new report on infrastructure says the state needs to spend more to improve its roads, bridges and pipelines.
May 15, 2019

Oregon's roads, bridges and pipes don't pass engineers' muster

by Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau
With a big quake looming, civil engineers society says state needs to spend billions to improve infrastructure.
May 13, 2019

Senate approves business tax to boost school budgets

by Mark Miller/Oregon Capital Bureau
Governor plans to sign legislation; Democrats give up two key bills to coax Republicans back to the Senate for a floor vote.
PMG FILE PHOTO - A controversial bill limiting medical exemptions for vaccines was approved by the House and heads to the Senate for a vote.
May 07, 2019 292

Contentious vaccine bill passes House, heads to Senate

Despite a persistent, vocal opposition, the bill limiting medical execptions passed easily.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Chairs were empty Tuesday, May 7, in the Oregon State Senate as Republican lawmakers left the Capitol to avoid a vote on a business tax bill to provide funding for schools.
May 07, 2019 40

Senate GOP now a band on the run

Oregon lawmakers abscond from Capitol to deny Democrats action on a school funding business tax bill.
OREGON CAPITAL BUREAU: CLAIRE WITHYCOMBE - Lacy Ramirez Gruss, center, a reading clerk in the office of the Chief Clerk of the House, speaks to state Rep. Christine Drazan, R-Clackamas County, and Chief Clerk Tim Sekarak, on Thursday, May 2.
May 03, 2019 203

House clerk's bill read-a-thon barely taxes her energy

Lacy Ramirez Gruss earns applause, respect from lawmakers as she powers through 45 pages of Student Success Act tax plan like a marathoner.
COURTESY PHOTO: CLAIRE WITHYCOMBE/OREGON CAPITAL BUREAU - The Student Success Act passed the Oregon House Wednesday, May 1, 37-21 after hours of debate.
May 01, 2019 330

Student Success Act passes House on party-line vote

Education reform and tax package, adding $1 billion per year in school funding, now goes to the Senate.
PMG FILE PHOTO - A toddler walks past pinwheels displayed to represent the number of Columbia County children in foster care. State panels are coming up short in their search for solutions to recent foster care problems.
May 01, 2019 481

Foster care solutions beset with stumbles, foiled expectations

Governor's new board begins its private search for answers as problems and legal troubles mount.
COURTESY PHOTO: AUBREY WIEBER/OREGON CAPITAL BUREAU - Sen. Mark Hass, D-Beaverton, was one of the top architects behind a proposal that would bolster education funding by $1 billion per year.
Apr 30, 2019 61

Business groups sort out impact of tax plan

Legislature's proposal to boost education funding heads to a vote as state's largest business organization stays neutral
PMG FILE PHOTO - A bundle of plastic bags jamming up local recyclers' machines shows one part of a challenge with single-use plastic bags.
Apr 25, 2019 399

So long Styrofoam? Lawmakers poised to ban single-use bags, containers

Following the lead of cities like Milwaukie, state mulls restricting plastic checkout bags
PMG FILE PHOTO - Parents opposed to mandatory vaccinations shouted and jeered lawmakers in Salem as a Ways and Means subcommittee approved legislation to limit vaccination exemptions.
Apr 24, 2019 93

Committee's vaccine bill approval provokes backlash

Lawmakers gearing up for a House vote on controversial measure limiting medical exemptions for childhood vaccinations.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Although abortion in among the services that Planned Parenthood provides, it represents a small fraction of the reasons that patients seek care there, organization officials say.
Apr 24, 2019 110

Rosenblum legal victory blocks Trump reproductive care restrictions

Oregon attorney general took lead in suing to stop health clinics receiving federal funds from discussing abortion.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Oregon lawmakers are wrestling over plans to ease the state's housing crisis.
Apr 23, 2019 385

Lawmakers build political foundation for housing bills

Democrats and Republicans wrestle with deductions, land-use planning to ease state's housing crisis.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Prison cells at the Oregon State Penitentiary are being occupied more by elderly prisoners. Lawmakers are considering a budget proposal to renovate and operate a special facility for the older inmates.
Apr 18, 2019 87

State weighs costs of aging prison population

Lawmakers could end up spending millions to renovate and operate a facility for elderly prisoners.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Oregon senators approved a bill that could change the way juveniles are charged under the state's Measure 11 rules.
Apr 16, 2019 108

Senate passes Measure 11 reform on slimmest of margins

If it were pass the House, the bill would be the most comprehensive reform to Oregon's mandatory minimum sentencing law to date.