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COURTESY USDA - If Congress doesn't reach a spending deal and the governemnt partically shuts down, the impact on Oregon state government  would be minimul in the short term.
January 19, 2018

Impact of possible federal shutdown on Oregon unclear

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
In the current two-year state budget, Oregon expects to bring in about $21.8 billion in federal funds.
PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Amtrak train in Portland
January 19, 2018

Subsidized passenger train ridership declines after derailment

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Oregon saw its subsidized passenger train ridership plummet in December following a fatal train derailment south of Tacoma Dec. 18.
COURTESY PHOTO - Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum
January 17, 2018

Oregon, 20 other states, challenge repeal of net neutrality

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The Federal Communications Commission voted Dec. 14 to repeal a rule that barred internet providers from blocking or charging more for access to one website over another.
FILE PHOTO - Two legislators propose broadening the tax base to pay for rising Oregon Health Plan costs as an alternative if a funding scheme passed last year is voted down next week.
January 17, 2018

101 petitioners float alternative funding plan

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Legislators propose broadening the tax base to pay for rising Oregon Health Plan costs.
PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Morning traffic crosses Boone Bridge on Interstate 5 Jan. 8, 2018.
January 16, 2018

Public may weigh in on I-5/I-205 tolling

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
An Oregon Transportation Commission advisory committee will hold public hearings on tolling I-5 and I-205.
CLAIRE WITHYCOMBE/CAPITAL BUREAU - Oregon Emergency Management officials say because of the way statewide alerts are produced, it's unlikely the agency could send out a false alert such as the erroneous notification of a missile attack last weekend in Hawaii.
January 16, 2018

Little chance of false alert in Oregon, officials say

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Oregon emergency alerts are written at the time of specific events and must be authenticated by a supervisor before being sent.
CAPITAL BUREAU FILE PHOTO - Gov. Kate Brown has released five proposals ahead of next month's short session of the Oregon Legislature.
January 10, 2018

Guns, PERS among Brown's priorities

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
The governor has released five proposals ahead of next month's short session of the Oregon Legislature.
COURTESY PHOTO - Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson
January 10, 2018

Initiative petition rules suspended amid lawsuit

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Secretary of State Dennis Richardson said he will hold off implementing rule changes that allow petitioners to collect signatures before a legally-binding ballot description is finalized.
JAIME VALDEZ/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - Kim Sordyl, a Portland Public Schools parent, represents Secretary of State Dennis Richardson as a non-voting member of the Oregon State Board of Education.
Jan 10, 2018 42

Bill would remove State Board of Education member

Rep. Margaret Doherty's bill would effectively remove Kim Sordyl, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson's designee as a non-voting member of the state education board.
State economists said Wednesday it's unclear how changes in the federal tax code will impact Oregon's revenues.
Jan 10, 2018 35

Impact of federal tax plan on Oregon still uncertain

State economists are unsure how changes in federal corporate tax provisions will affect revenues coming to the state.
PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Riverbend Landfill District Manager George Duvendack takes a reading from a gas analysis instrument at a well site Sept. 22, 2009. The landfill's operator, Waste Management of Oregon, participated in one of the state's first efforts to make green, renewable energy from landfill trash.
Jan 09, 2018 41

Interest groups respond to 'cap and invest' bill

The first draft of a bill that would put a price on carbon emissions and invest in projects to reduce the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Former First Lady Cylvia Hayes
Jan 05, 2018 58

Hayes faces $100,000-plus in fines for ethics violations

The Oregon Ethics Commission has found that former First Lady Cylvia Hayes violated state ethics law 22 times largely by using her public position to acquire paid work for her green energy consulting firm.
PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson
Jan 05, 2018 42

Our Oregon challenges new initiative petition rules

The complaint filed Thursday in Marion County Circuit Court alleges the changes by Secretary of State Dennis Richardson violate state law and the Oregon Constitution and are outside Richardson's authority.
FILE PHOTO - Oregon officials say they'll fight to protect state-regulated cannabis businesses from federal prosecution, but offer no strategies.
Jan 05, 2018 46

It's unclear how state could block pot prosecutions

Oregon officials say they'll fight to protect state-regulated cannabis businesses from federal prosecution, but offer no strategies.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - The Oregon Capitol in Salem
Jan 04, 2018 66

SAIF data breach exposes information from thousands of people

The Oregon workers' compensation insurer sent letters in late December notifying employees of six policyholders that their names and Social Security numbers had been accessed in a phishing attack.
FILE PHOTO - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding an Obama-era stance on states that have legalized recreational marijuana.
Jan 04, 2018 56

Officials quick to react to Session's pot policy

Oregon elected officials are critical of the attorney general's reversal of Obama-era policies on recreational marijuana.
PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Former Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes
Jan 03, 2018 53

Investigators: Former first lady violated ethics laws

The Oregon Ethics Commission will consider findings from investigators that former First Lady Cylvia Hayes violated state ethics laws by using her public position for private gain.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Neighbors and others rallied outside Bullseye Glass Co. in Southeast Portland to protest industrial pollution from the plant. A new state audit says the state Departmento of Environmental Quality's backlog of permits could endanger state air quality in some places.
Jan 03, 2018 77

Auditors: DEQ backlogs 'endanger state's air quality and health'

The issue of air pollution has been a topic of interest in the wake of enforcement action based on elevated levels of toxins detected near Bullseye Glass Co.'s stained-glass factory in Southeast Portland.
COURTESY PHOTO - Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Adrienne Nelson was appointed to the Oregon Supreme Court Tuesday, Jan. 2. She is the first African-American to serve on the state's highest court.
Jan 02, 2018 56

First African-American appointed to Oregon Supreme Court

Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Adrienne Nelson has been appointed to succeed Justice Jack L. Landau
PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Gas pump
Dec 31, 2017 68

New laws take effect Jan. 1

From higher gas taxes to more bottles redeemable for a deposit, here are some highlights of new laws that take effect on New Year's Day in Oregon.

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