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CHRISTOPHER OERTELL/PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - A wall of shotguns and rifles at the Arm Yourself Gun Store in Hillsboro on Oct. 13, 2017, Oregon gun retailers claim a citizen initiative petition intending to restrict the sale of so-called "assault weapons" is too broad. notforsale
March 23, 2018

Gun retailers react to 'assault weapon' sales ban initiative

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
At issue for gun retailers is the definition of 'assault weapons' and the creation of a registry for current owners.
CHRISTOPHER OERTELL/HILLSBORO TRIBUNE? - A wall of shotguns and rifles at the Arm Yourself Gun Store in Hillsboro on Oct. 13, 2017.
March 21, 2018

Two teens denied gun sales file complaints

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Hayden Parsons of Sisters and Jackson Starrett of Canby filed complaints with the Bureau of Labor and Industries after retailers declined to sell them a gun and ammunition because they were younger than 21.
PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - A cardiac catheterisation laboratory, used to detect heart disease, at Adventist Medical Center in Portland in 2009
March 20, 2018

Report: Knowing prices could slash health care spending

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
A report released Tuesday by two policy research groups found that giving patients, providers and insurers prices before health care decisions are made could reduce spending without compromising quality. The report makes a series of recommendations to Oregon…
EO MEDIA GROUP - An excavator breaks a log jam in April 2013 above the Three Mile Dam on the Umatilla River north of Hermiston. The Oregon Water Resources Department is considering seeking tougher dam inspection laws.
March 20, 2018

State agency wants to boost dam inspection authority

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Several changes to Oregon's dam safety laws are being considered by state regulators.
CHRISTOPHER OERTELL/HILLSBORO TRIBUNE - A wall of shotguns and rifles at the Arm Yourself Gun Store in Hillsboro on Oct. 13, 2017.
March 20, 2018

Initiative would ban sale of assault weapons

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
An initiative petition proposed for the November ballot would ban certain assault-type firearms in Oregon, as a measure to protect people from mass shootings.
EO MEDIA GROUP - Irrigation-related lawsuits filed against the Oregon Water Resources Department are causing the agency to spend a projected $1.3 million more than originally budgeted for the current biennium.
March 19, 2018

Agency may be awash in red ink from water litigation

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
The Oregon Water Resources Department is on track to overspend its litigation budget by $1.3 million in the 2017-2019 biennium.
CAPITAL BUREAU - Legislation passed in the recent session created incentives for public employers to pay down their pension debts, but it's unclear if the benefit outweighs other uses for limited cash.
March 19, 2018

Employers weighing benefits of PERS liability payments

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Press
Legislation created incentives for public employers to pay down their pension debts, but it's unclear if the benefit outweighs other uses for limited cash.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Oregon Transportation Commissioner Paula Brown
March 16, 2018

Engineer resigns from transportation commission resigns

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Paula Brown has extensive experience in federal and local transportation projects and had an important role in oversight of pending state transportation projects.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - State regulators say they will soon be conducting more spot inspections of marijuana businesses.
Mar 16, 2018 36

Pot regulators will soon begin spot inspections

Until now, inspections of legal cannabis businesses have largely been complaint-driven.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - About 500 Willamette University students and faculty marched around the Oregon State Capitol in Salem during a walkout for national gun safety Wednesday, March 14, 2018.
Mar 14, 2018 70

Interfaith leaders to propose assault weapon ban

The group had planned to submit an initiative petition for the ban in 2020 but moved up the timeline to this year as momentum for gun safety action has grown nationwide.
CAPITAL BUREAU - State Librarian MaryKay Dahlgreen was fired Tuesday by Gov. Kate Brown.
Mar 14, 2018 49

State librarian fired, but specifics remain elusive

MaryKay Dahlgreen says she was never given written feedback of performance issues.
PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Expired prescription drugs at drop-off location
Mar 13, 2018 55

Governor signs drug price transparency bill

The bill requires pharmaceutical manufacturers to disclose reasons for steep increases in the price of prescription drugs.
CAPITAL BUREAU - The Oregon Department of Revenue has 22 full-time staff and four seasonal workers on hand to help in the tax services unit.
Mar 13, 2018 58

Revenue Department ready to answer taxpayer questions

The department has 22 full-time staff and four seasonal workers on hand to help in the tax services unit.
CAPITAL BUREAU - Legislative leaders say they will consider changes to Oregon law that will protect gun retailers that choose to restrict gun and ammunation sales to customers 21 and older.
Mar 09, 2018 73

Leaders say they'll consider bills to protect gun retailers

Retailers that restrict gun sales to customers 21 or older could be violating Oregon's anti-discrimination laws.
JONATHAN HOUSE/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Northwest Portland Sept. 19, 2017.
Mar 07, 2018 88

The California sanctuary lawsuit: Is Oregon next?

Legal experts say that California is likely being used as an example to Oregon and other sanctuary jurisdictions.
CAPITAL BUREAU - Oregon Democrats are keen to take open legislative seats in the November election to claim a super majority in each chamber.
Mar 06, 2018 96

Oregon Democrats hope for 'blue wave'

With Republican incumbents vacating several seats, Democrats say they have a chance to assume super majorities in the House and Senate.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Gov. Kate Brown is weighing whether to sign a business tax bill. The bill, passed by Democrats, impacts deductions available to owners of small businesses and could become an issue in the fall campaign.
Mar 05, 2018 110

Brown weighs signing $220 million biz tax bill

The bill, passed by Democrats, impacts deductions available to owners of small businesses and could become an issue in the fall campaign.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Standing on the steps of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Monday, March 5, Gov. Kate Brown speaks to demonstrators in support of gun-control regulations. A few moments later, she signed a bill that bans domestic abusers and stalkers from having guns.
Mar 05, 2018 80

Governor signs 'boyfriend loophole' gun bill

Gov. Kate Brown signed her priority legislation for the 2018 state policymaking session; law bans domestic abusers and stalkers from having guns.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon, D-Woodburn, the first Latina elected to the Oregon Legislature, and Portland resident Ricardo Lujan-Valerio, a DACA recipient, pose together outside the Oregon State Capitol in Salem March 5, 2018, during a rally for protections for 'Dreamers.'
Mar 05, 2018 94

Oregon moves for more DACA protections

In addition to legislation to protect resident tuition and driving privileges, Oregon lawmakers look ahead to open up career pathways to DACA recipients.
JAIME VALDEZ/CAPITAL BUREAU - 2018 Legislative Assembly at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem
Mar 03, 2018 100

Legislature adjourns 2018 session

Legislative leaders celebrate several accomplishments this year and a marked increase in bipartisanship and efficiency.

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