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February 27, 2017

Employers ask for changes to scheduling law

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
A bill sponsored by Sen. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland, would require certain employersto give two weeks' notice for work schedules and penalty pay for noncompliance.
February 27, 2017

Lawmakers consider Miranda-like warning about consensual searches

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Police agencies say the proposal would increase litigation and take away a valuable law enforcement tool.
February 24, 2017

Natural resource groups skeptical of science panel proposal

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Proposed legislation would create Independent Science Review Board to study controversial issues.
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE - Two adult wolves from the Walla Walla Pack were caught on remote trail camera Jan. 16, 2016 in northern Umatilla County, Ore. Oregon legislators are considering reductions in funding for predator control and reimbursing ranchers for livestock losses.
February 24, 2017

Ranchers oppose cuts to wolf compensation, predator control

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
Budget proposals for Oregon Department of Agriculture curtail predator programs.
STATE OF OREGON - Senate President Peter Courtney
February 24, 2017

Courtney says Legislature faces unprecedented workload

by Dick Hughes/For the Capital Bureau
Veteran Senate president lists six big issues facing lawmakers this session.
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has joined a state of Washington lawsuit to block President Trump's immigration travel ban.
February 23, 2017

Oregon joins travel ban lawsuit, citing 'harm' to state

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Washington sued Trump administration last month challenging a Jan. 26 executive order blocking travel by citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
February 23, 2017

Oregon officials react to prospect of federal pot crackdown

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
White House spokesman said Thursday the administration could enforce laws against recreational marijuana.
February 22, 2017

Projections boost state coffers by nearly $200 million

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
New revenue figures could drop Oregon projected budget shortfall to $1.6 billion.
MATEUSZ PERKOWSKI/CAPITAL BUREAU - Jesse Bounds runs a straw-compressing facility in Junction City, Ore., that state regulators claim was rebuilt on a wetland after a fire.
Feb 22, 2017 45

Bills propose to dispel Oregon wetland uncertainties

Property owners have no reliable assurance their land is not designated a wetlands, which would restrict the parcel's utility.
Feb 22, 2017 43

School officials push back on mandatory class size negotiations

A former union negotiator has proposed legislation to make class size a mandatory part of collective bargaining.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Heather Kell of Portland sits in the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting at the Capitol in Salem Tuesday, Feb. 21, after testimony on a bill to prohibit employers from firing employees who use marijuana.
Feb 21, 2017 55

Bill prohibits employers from firing employees who use marijuana

The bill still allows employers to fire employees who come to work impaired.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Legislators are debating bills that would change how taxes from recreational pot sales are distributed. Attempts to increase the amount given to local governments could fall victim to Oregon's $1.8 billion budget shortfall.
Feb 21, 2017 54

State budget woes could claim pot tax windfall

The state's $1.8 billion budget shortfall has changed the prospects for bills that would give local governments a bigger share of marijuana tax revenues.
Feb 21, 2017 50

Group agrees on marijuana regulation consolidation plan

Plan consolidates regulation under the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and provides subsidy program for medical marijuana growers.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Raul Perez, 12, (right) and his mother, Norma, (left) listen to a hearing on a bill that would expand health coverage to undocumented children, during a meeting of the House Committee on Health Care Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.
Feb 20, 2017 65

Bill would expand Oregon Health Plan to undocumented children

The legislation, first proposed by former Rep. Vic Gilliam, R-Silverton, has bipartisan support in the Legislature.
Feb 20, 2017 58

In theory, new biz taxes could cover shortfall

Analysts warn that proposals don't take into account 'behavioral' responses to increased taxation.
Feb 16, 2017 119

Eastern Oregon job growth expected to trail behind state

Oregon's overall job growth is forecast at 14 percent between 2014 and 2024, but as little as 3 percent in some of it's most rural counties.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Emily Salisbury, associate professor of criminal justice at University of Nevada Las Vegas and editor of Criminal Justice and Behavior, speaks about women in the criminal justice system at the Oregon Justice Reinvestment Summit at the Salem Convention Center Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.
Feb 16, 2017 99

Women's prison focus of state summit, legislative session

Increases in the inmate population at the state's only women's prison may force the state to open a second facility.
Feb 15, 2017 237

House Republicans call for end to anonymous legislation

The request came after outcry over two anonymously proposed bills from the House Committee on Revenue earlier this month.
REP. JULIE PARRISH'S OFFICE - Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn
Feb 15, 2017 232

Republican spearheaded naturalization ceremony on House floor

The ceremony was held in conjunction with Oregon's birthday and Valentine's Day.
EO MEDIA GROUP - A linear irrigation system operates in a corn field in Oregon's Willamette Valley. State water regulators want to increase water rights transaction fees by 15.88 percent over four years, the third hike since 2009.
Feb 15, 2017 110

Oregon water regulators propose third transaction fee hike

If approved, the fee hike would mark the third such increase since 2009.