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EO MEDIA GROUP - Suzie Hoffman samples a glass of hard cider during the Hard-Pressed Cider Fest in Hood River, Ore., in April 2016. Senate Bill 677, which would ease Oregon's land use rules for cider businesses, has passed the Senate and is now being considered in the House.
April 27, 2017

Oregon cider business bill progresses in House

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Senate Bill 677 would permit cider businesses to produce and sell their beverages, serve food and conduct other agritourism activities.
April 27, 2017

Joint tax panel starts work next week

by Peter Wong
Committee combines two revenue panels and will look at alternatives for taxation of business receipts in the aftermath of voter rejection of Measure 97 last fall.
April 27, 2017

Brown wants to step up state's debt collection

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
The state is owed more than $3 billion, but it's unclear how much of the debt can be collected or how much it would cost.
April 26, 2017

Split vote advances Brown's nominees for environmental panel

by Peter Wong/Capital Bureau
Minority Republicans say their argument is with a plan to shift panel's focus of regulating toxic air pollutants, not with its proposed new majority.
April 26, 2017

Fires, low timber revenues plague Forestry Department

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
The agency's state forest program, as of late January, spent more than it realized in revenue during the ongoing two-year budget period.
April 25, 2017

New bill keeps medical, recreational pot separate

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Legislation would require tracking of medical pot grown on plots with 12 or more plants.
April 21, 2017

Oregon drops several defenses in billion-dollar timber lawsuit

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Oregon's government has agreed to drop several defenses against a class action lawsuit brought by counties that seeks $1.4 billion for insufficient logging of state forests.
April 21, 2017

Lawmakers propose cost containment measures

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
The proposals came with no estimate of how much they would save, which could come as early as next week.
Apr 20, 2017 39

Many bills beat deadline and live on in Oregon Legislature

Under legislative rules, most bills not yet passed from one chamber to another are now dead for the session.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Gov. Kate Brown in her ceremonial office in Salem signs an executive order Feb. 2, 2017, prohibiting state employees from using time or resources to help the federal government enforce immigration law.
Apr 20, 2017 38

Governor orders statewide hiring freeze

Senate Republican leader Ted Ferrioli had been calling for the freeze.
COURTESY OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE - OR42, the breeding female of the Chesnimnus Pack in northern Wallowa County in February. Oregon's wolf management plan is up for public review.
Apr 19, 2017 46

Review of Oregon's wolf management plan begins

A public hearing April 21 in Klamath Falls begins what is certain to be a contentious rehash of wolves' impact on livestock and wild prey.
Apr 19, 2017 49

Under court order, DHS will restore in-home care services

The department has been sued by families of patients with intellectual or developmental disabilities who had services cut by the state.
HANDOUT - Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum
Apr 18, 2017 53

Senate passes public records request response deadline

The legislation by a task force convened by Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum now heads to the House.
Apr 18, 2017 46

Annual fee for Oregon water rights wins committee approval

A bill that would impose an annual water rights fee has passed the House Energy and Environment Committee without a specific amount.
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. The grass, which was genetically modified by Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. to resist the Roundup weed killer, escaped from field trials in 2003. House Bill 2739, which would hold biotech patent holders liable for damages from GMOs, recently survived a legislative deadline.
Apr 18, 2017 55

Oregon GMO liability bill survives Legislature's deadline

A bill that would allow biotech patent holders to be sued for unwanted GMO presence in Oregon has survived a crucial deadline.
Apr 17, 2017 150

Bill would eliminate a dozen obsolete boards, commissions

The state has more than 250 boards and commissions, some of which venture deep into bureaucratic esoterica.
Apr 17, 2017 52

Malheur County economic development bill moves out of committee

The legislation would create a specific fund and advisory board. Seven voting members appointed by the governor would make grants and loans intended to spur economic development.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU  - House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson, left, embraces Jenna Yuille, regional manager of Americans for Responsible Solutions, after Yuille's testimony during a hearing on gun safety bills Monday, April 17, 2017, at the Oregon Capitol. Yuille's parents were both killed in separate incidents of gun violence.
Apr 17, 2017 47

Gun bills evoke strong emotions at Oregon Capitol

Woman whose mother was shot at Clackamas Town Center and whose father committed suicide testifies on gun safety bill.
EO MEDIA GROUP - Cows are milked at Threemile Canyon Farms near Boardman, Ore., in this file photo. The dairy helped forestall a bill that would impose regulations on air emissions from dairy farms across the state.
Apr 17, 2017 52

Bills imposing new dairy, forestry regulations fail

Bills that would impose new regulations on dairy air emissions and notification requirements for forestry pesticide sprays have failed.
Apr 17, 2017 54

Massive health care cuts on possible budget reduction list

About 350,000 Oregonians would no longer be eligible for coverage under the recent Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion,.