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Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers

Here are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week's big, and small, Oregon political stories.

Here are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week's big, and small, Oregon political stories.

5: Percent by which advocates want to cap annual rent increases in Oregon, according to Willamette Week.

1: Amendment to the U.S. Constitution an Oregon board violated when it tried to fine a Beaverton man for calling himself an engineer without a state license, U.S. Magistrate Judge Stacie F. Beckerman ruled last week, according to Reason.

$500: Amount the Oregon Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying tried to fine Mats Järlström when he tried to challenge his wife's red light traffic ticket citing his electrical engineering knowledge. Järlström did not have a state engineering license, but had an engineering degree and experience in the discipline.

560: Estimated registered hemp farmers in Oregon, according to KPTV, citing a figure from U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon. After a pilot program that included Oregon, hemp farming was legalized throughout the U.S. by the recently passed farm bill.

.08: Percentage of blood alcohol concentration where a person is considered too impaired to drive in Oregon.

.05: Percentage that Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, wants the maximum to be, according to The Bulletin. Drivers at any level of BAC above zero can be charged with intoxicated driving in Oregon.

1 in 3: Approximate amount of traffic fatalities in Oregon that involve an impaired driver.

160: Years old the state of Oregon will turn in February.

2.3: Percentage of Oregonians who bike to work, the highest rate in the nation, according to The Oregonian.

12.09: Percentage of Corvallis residents who bike to work. The city, home to OSU, is also home to the highest concentration of bike commuters in the state.