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PMG ILLUSTRATION - An email phishing scheme discovered in January exposed the private information of thousands of Oregonians who receive services through the Department of Human Services.
March 21, 2019

DHS data breach exposes private info of thousands

by Aubrey Wieber/Oregon Capital Bureau
An email phishing scheme hit in January, but agency took months to sort out the impact and whose information was stolen.
COURTESY PHOTO - Lore Christopher, the Legislature's HR director, stepped down in March to a temporary state job paying her $12,000 a month. The former Keizer mayor is shown here in a screenshot from her 2014 exit interview with the Keizertimes newspaper.
March 21, 2019

Legislature's HR director retires with $12,000-a-month gig

by Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau
Lore Christopher was identified in BOLI harassment investigation as an official who failed to react to complaints.
PMG FILE PHOTO - A state economist told legislators that a $2-a-pack cigarette tax could hurt out-of-state sales.
March 20, 2019

Tobacco tax would burn Washington buyers

by Aubrey Wieber/Oregon Capital Bureau
With a much lower tax, Oregon experiences a high number of tobacco sales from out-of-state smokers looking to save on cigarettes.
PMG FILE PHOTO - A proposed law that could do away with land-use zoning for single-family homes could be altered to let small cities adjust their housing types.
March 20, 2019

Housing bill gets a slight remodel

by Mark Miller/Oregon Capital Bureau
Lawmakers offer small cities a chance to alter the types of housing they require under the proposed law.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Studetns at Beaverton High School's could be instructed in ways to survive a massive earthquake and its aftermath under proposed legislation making its way through the House.
March 18, 2019

Bills hope to shake up quake survival skills

by Mark Miller/Oregon Capital Bureau
Schools could be tasked under legislation with preparing students for The Big One, and its horrible aftermath.
PMG FILE PHOTO - A handful of bills that could change campaign finance rules are making their way through the legislative session.
March 18, 2019

Lawmakers try to squeeze big money out of campaigns

by Mark Miller/Oregon Capital Bureau
'I think most of us in this room would agree that the level of money being spent on our campaigns is much too high.'
PMG FILE PHOTO - Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney of Salem returned early from his medical leave to speak to lawmakers before a vote on a resolution to support sexual harassment victims. Courtney apologized to the Senate for leadership's response to the harassment complaints.
March 14, 2019

Courtney's apology: 'I must do better'

by Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau
Senate president returns from medical leave as lawmakers approve resolution of support for harassment victims.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Rules governing the release of public records, like these at the Multnomah County archives, could change under legislation that would fine local governments if the take too much time to respond to a records request.
March 13, 2019

Cities, counties: Don't make us pay for records delays

by Mark Miller/Oregon Capital Bureau
Lobbyists plead for more time to work on proposed new public records rules that could include fines for untimely responses.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Two bills that could alter Oregons public reocrds laws are set for a hearing Wednesday, March 13, before a House committee in Salem.
Mar 11, 2019 29

Public record bills shine spotlight on transparency

Wednesday hearing focuses on two measures to add teeth to document requests, deadlines.
Mar 08, 2019 39

Budget plan puts squeeze on state agencies

Schools avoid cuts as Ways and Means Committee leaders unveil tight spending proposal
PMG FILE PHOTO - A TriMet WES train arrives at the Beaverton Transit Center. A bill introduced in the Legislature could extend WES trains south to Salem.
Mar 07, 2019 46

All aboard: Greenlick hopes to extend commuter rail line

Northwest Portland Democrat sees his bill as a way to use TriMet's WES trains to ease highway commutes to Salem
COURTESY PHOTO - Oregon lawmakers will use general fund money to pay $1.1 million in settlements with harassment victims.
Mar 07, 2019 582

Taxpayers foot Legislature's harassment bill

Nine victims will get $1.1 million from state's general fund after BOLI settlement.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney of Salem says he will take a 10-day medical leave from his post.
Mar 06, 2019 49

Health issue forces Courtney to take 10-day leave

Salem's Peter Courtney is expected back March 18. Gresham's Laurie Monnes Anderson is filling in as presiding officer.
COURTESY PHOTO - A Feb. 28 House Committee on Health hearing on a bill to limit vaccination exemptions was packed, with overflow crowds listening in other meetings rooms.
Mar 04, 2019 92

Vaccination bill draws hundreds in heated, emotional hearing

Bill to remove religious and philosophical exemptions for children attending public and private schools draws overflow crowds.
PMG PHOTO: PARIS ACHEN - Lobbyists ply their trade in the halls of the Oregon Capitol every day, trying to influence votes on key legislation.
Mar 04, 2019 680

LOBBY POWER: Lawmakers come and go, but the lobby remains a constant power

For every lawmaker in Oregon, there are about 12 lobbyists, working to influence votes.
PMG PHOTO: PARIS ACHEN - Secretary of State Dennis Richardsons final public appearance was during the January swearing-in ceremony for new Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle.
Feb 27, 2019 44

Friends, colleagues praise Richardson's integrity, drive

Secretary of state remembered as someone 'deeply committed to public service'
PMG FILE PHOTO - Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, the only Republican in statewide office, died Tuesday evening, Feb. 26, at his Central Point home.
Feb 27, 2019 77

Richardson loses cancer battle

Two years after taking office, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson has died after fighting brain cancer for months.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Legislation that could alter the way parents and schools deal with vaccinations have stirred a hornets' nest of controversy in Salem.
Feb 26, 2019 63

Lawmakers feel sting of vaccine controversy in midst of measles outbreak

Parents, doctors differ on how bill could inform or confuse parents ask they face difficult immunization decisions
PMG PHOTO: PARIS ACHEN - Oregon House members debated a rent control measure Tuesday, Feb. 26, until voting in favor of the legislation.
Feb 26, 2019 58

House sends rent control measure to governor

Party-line vote gives renters across the state protections against eviction, huge rent increases.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Oregon's agriculture business leaders and some farmers urged lawmakers to go slow on proposed cap-and-trade legislation that they say could cost their industry tens of thousands of dollars in increased expenses. Young people urged lawmakers to take action during a Feb. 18 hearing in Salem.
Feb 19, 2019 69

Carbon tax proposal runs into generation gap

Young people tell lawmakers to act now on cap-and-trade legislation as some agriculture interests urge caution.