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PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Oregon lawmakers got good news Friday, Feb. 16, when a revenue forecast showed the state could have about $100 million more. Some are worried the forecast is too optimistic.
February 16, 2018

Legislators wary of optimistic revenue forecast

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Good news of nearly $100 million more in resources met with skepticism as lawmakers wrestle with potential budget impact of federal tax changes.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Former Gov. John Kitzhaber testified Friday before the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. The commission found Kitzhaber violated ethics laws 10 times during his tenure as governor.
February 16, 2018

Ethics commission to pursue Kitzhaber for 10 violations

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The Oregon Ethics Commission voted unanimously Friday to make preliminary finding of violations. The vote prompts a period when the former governor can appeal or negotiate for a settlement.
EO MEDIA GROUP - The Willamette River flows through downtown Portland. Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality has set up a committee, which includes representatives of the agriculture and timber industries, to advise on the revision of the water quality standard for mercury.
February 16, 2018

Mercury pollution may impact Oregon farm erosion rules

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Farmers may be expected to increase erosion control efforts due to stricter mercury pollution limits in Oregon's Willamette River Basin.
JAIME VALDEZ/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - The Oregon Legislative Assembly in the Oregon House of Representives Feb. 5, 2018
February 15, 2018

House passes bill to keep guns from abusers

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The Oregon House voted 37-to-23 Thursday to close the so-called 'boyfriend loophole' in state gun law.
FILE PHOTO - Under a bill passed Wednesday in the Oregon House, seed dealers would be required to pay farmers who grow a variety of specialty seeds market prices for purchased product by certain deadlines enforced by the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Grass seed growers were granted those protections in 2011.
February 14, 2018

House approves protections for all Oregon seed growers

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Grass seed crops have received similar protections since 2011, but other types of seed were excluded from the legislation.
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COURTESY OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY - As Democrats in the Legislature propose a "cap-and-trade" carbon measure, timber companies and several lawmakers are advocating for a bill that would require the Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Forestry to evaluate using "natural ecosystems" to absorb and store carbon as an alternative.
February 13, 2018

Carbon sequestration proposed as 'cap-and-trade' alternative

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Timber companies and several lawmakers are advocating for a bill that would require the state to evaluate using 'natural ecosystems' to absorb and store carbon .
FILE PHOTO - Legislative economists project that the changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — if Oregon law is static — could mean a $220 million hit to state revenues in the current two-year budget.
February 13, 2018

Senate works to reverse budget impact of federal tax bill

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Legislative economists project that the changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act - if Oregon law is static - could mean a $220 million hit to state revenues in the current two-year budget.
Source: Equifax Corp.
February 12, 2018

'Equifax bill' requires faster data breaches notices

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
A bill in the Legislature comes at a time when Equifax is under fire for failing to fully reveal the extent of a data breach last year.
FILE PHOTO - With Sen. Jeff Kruse's resignation in the wake of harassment allegations, the Oregon Legislature is considering ways to improve the Legislature's sexual harassment policies.
Feb 12, 2018 16

Legislature seeks ways to improve its harassment policies

Leaders consider an anonymous tipline to make it easier for accusers to come forward.
COURTESY U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE - The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission Friday voted to put the marbled murrelet on the state's endangered species list.
Feb 09, 2018 15

Oregon upgrades marbled murrelet to 'endangered'

The change to endangered status will likely result in stricter logging limits on state forestland.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - A spokesman for Gov. Kate Brown has charged that audits conducted under Republican Secretary of State Dennis Richardson are partisan, causing the audit director to fire back.
Feb 09, 2018 1061

Accusations of partisanship rile SOS audits chief

Governor's spokesman tells paper audits are political, but auditors fire back
(Image is Clickable Link) COURTESY PHOTO: DAYCARENIGHTMARE.ORG - A Priority Oregon website highlights issues in Oregon day care centers that were found by a secretary of state audit.
Feb 09, 2018 24

New attack ad slams Brown on day care issues

The ad, scheduled for debut Sunday, attacks Gov. Kate Brown for her response to failures at the state's day care system.
COURTESY METRO - Farmland in Oregon's Washington County. A key lawmaker has killed off a proposal to eventually allow urbanization of 1,700 acres in Oregon's Washington County that are currently in a rural reserve.
Feb 08, 2018 384

Washington County rural reserve change dies quickly

A key lawmaker has killed off a proposal to eventually allow urbanization of 1,700 acres in Oregon's Washington County that are currently in a rural reserve.
COURTESY OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE - A bill that would increase compensation for livestock losses based on Oregon's wolf population has survived an initial legislative deadline.
Feb 08, 2018 21

Wolf compensation bill clears initial hurdle

A bill that would increase compensation for livestock losses based on Oregon's wolf population has survived an initial legislative deadline.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Roseburg Republican Jeff Kruse said he would leave the state Senate after a report detailed incidents of his improper behavior toward women in the Legislature.
Feb 08, 2018 22

Kruse resigns over misconduct allegations

Roseburg Republican Sen. Jeff Kruse continued to deny the allegations of inappropriate touching while tendering his resignation Thursday, Feb. 8. The resignation is effective March 15.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP ILLUSTRATION - A Feb. 7 state audit says there are potential problems in systems to track marijuana from seeds to market.
Feb 07, 2018 27

State auditors see potential trouble in marijuana tracking weaknesses

Among other issues auditors found, data in the cannabis tracking system was self-reported by cannabis businesses, raising auditors' concerns about its reliability.
PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Nic Cederberg, an Oregon State Police trooper who was shot 12 times and critically wounded while responding to a domestic violence call in King City, Washington County, in December 2016.
Feb 07, 2018 24

Lawmakers seek to close gun loophole

A proposed law change would prohibit domestic violence offenders who have been dating partners from possessing a firearm and would enhance information sharing about attempt to obtain a gun illegally.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Roseburg Republican Sen. Jeff Kruse, right, has decided to stay away from the Legislature until a Feb. 22 hearing in Salem. Kruse is under pressure to resign.
Feb 07, 2018 24

Pressure mounts as Kruse stays away from Legislature

'Building into this idea that this is somehow political games or a political process demeans the victims who waited to be able to speak up until somebody opened the door for them to do that.'
CAPITAL BUREAU - An error in a 2017 land use bill would allow more "accessory dwelling units" on Oregon farmland, but lawmakers are being urged to correct the mistake this year.
Feb 06, 2018 40

Error reignites Oregon rural dwelling debate

An error in a 2017 land use bill would allow more 'accessory dwelling units' on Oregon farmland, but lawmakers are being urged to correct the mistake this year.
PARIS ACHEN/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - Left to right, Tom Robinson and Susan Dieter-Robinson, parents of two little girls killed in a hit-in-run crash while they were playing in the leaves at their home in Forest Grove Oct. 20, 2013. To their right is Pam Olson, wife of Rep. Andy Olson, R-Albany, a co-sponsor of a bill to change the state's hit-and-run law.
Feb 06, 2018 25

Forest Grove parents seek changes to hit-and-run law

The parents of Anna Dieter-Eckert, 6, and Abigail Robinson, 11, killed in 2013 while playing in a pile of leaves in their front yard, ask lawmakers to close loophole that led the Oregon Court of Appeals to overturn the conviction of the woman who hit the girls.

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