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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.
March 11, 2019

Public record bills shine spotlight on transparency

by Mark Miller/Oregon Capital Bureau
Wednesday hearing focuses on two measures to add teeth to document requests, deadlines.
March 08, 2019

Budget plan puts squeeze on state agencies

by Mark Miller/Oregon Capital Bureau
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.
March 07, 2019

All aboard: Greenlick hopes to extend commuter rail line

by Mark Miller/Oregon Capital Bureau
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.
March 07, 2019

Taxpayers foot Legislature's harassment bill

by Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau
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 43

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 85

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 665

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 40

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 66

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 55

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 49

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 67

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.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said Oregon joined 15 othe states Monday, Feb. 18, to sue the Trump administration over its border emergency declaration.
Feb 19, 2019 97

Oregon (again) joins states suing Trump, this time to block border emergency

It is the 20th lawsuit against the GOP administration in which Oregon has been a part.
COUTESY PHOTO: BUS PROJECT - Christine Bynum, daughter of Happy Valley state Rep. Janelle Bynum, urged lawmakers on Monday, Feb. 18, to lower the legal voting age to 16.
Feb 19, 2019 63

Honk if you think 16-year-olds should be allowed to vote

'Why is something so important such as voting limited to people who are our present and not our future?'
PMG FILE PHOTO - Two interns and a Capitol staffer are suing legislative leaders for failing to protect them against a hostile work environment and harassment by a senator from Roseburg.
Feb 19, 2019 64

Capitol interns, staff use lawsuits to slam harassment, hostile environment

Plaintiffs claim legislative leaders failed to protect them against abuse by Roseburg senator, others
PMG FILE PHOTO - Oregon industries that emit a lot of carbon could be forced to reduce production or buy allowances under a state cap-and-trade bill being debated in Salem.
Feb 14, 2019 128

Public gets a say on cap-and-trade proposal

During the past two weeks, industry leaders and economists have given testimony on a massive proposal that would change Oregon's economy and make it the second state to pass a cap-and-trade program.