- A look at the past week in the Oregon Legislature Updated: Jul-04-15 2:04 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon lawmakers had a busy week, advancing dozens of bills and finalizing the budget as they prepare to adjourn the 2015 session in the coming days. Here's a look at some of the highlights from the past week:
- Construction plan pays for school earthquake improvements Updated: Jul-04-15 12:23 am
SALEM, Oregon - Schools would have access to millions of dollars for earthquake-safety improvements, but the state Capitol would remain vulnerable under a $1.2 billion plan for statewide construction projects that advanced Friday.
- The Latest: Lawmakers leave Salem for 4th of July weekend Updated: Jul-04-15 12:17 am
SALEM, Oregon - The latest on the activities of the Oregon Legislature as lawmakers press closer to adjourning the 2015 legislative session:
- Senate sends Eastern Oregon speed limit hike to governor Updated: Jul-03-15 3:02 pm
SALEM, Oregon - A plan to raise speed limits in Eastern Oregon is headed to Gov. Kate Brown.
- Senate opposes bill forcing savings of capital gains revenue Updated: Jul-03-15 2:38 pm
SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon Senate has voted down a bill that aims to save higher-than-average revenue from capital gains taxes, rather than spend it.
- House approves bill making schools publish vaccine rates Updated: Jul-02-15 9:32 pm
SALEM, Oregon - House lawmakers approved a measure Thursday ordering schools in Oregon to make public the number of vaccinated students they have enrolled in their classes and to carve out those rates by each disease.
- Oregon House backs Oct. 1 start for marijuana sales Updated: Jul-02-15 7:07 pm
SALEM, Oregon - The fate of an Oregon bill allowing retail marijuana sales to begin Oct. 1 lies with Gov. Kate Brown.
- Lawmakers pass bills helping students with tuition costs Updated: Jul-02-15 5:14 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon lawmakers in both chambers are making it easier for a large cohort of students to pay for their higher education under two bills they passed Thursday, despite criticism the programs could be too costly or unfairly favor some students over others.
- Brown signs last of 3 ethics-related bills Updated: Jul-01-15 10:32 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Gov. Kate Brown has signed the last of three ethics-related bills she requested after Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned amid an influence-peddling scandal.
- Oregon senators pass bill tracking toxic chemicals in toys Updated: Jul-01-15 10:18 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon senators took steps to regulate toxic chemicals in children's products and toys when they approved legislation Wednesday requiring a state agency to build a list of chemicals, such as arsenic, mercury and formaldehyde, found in items made for kids under the age of 12.
- Bill would create special license plates for Trail Blazers Updated: Jun-30-15 10:07 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Portland Trail Blazers fans may soon be able to display their love for the team on their license plates.
- Marijuana bills advance in Oregon Senate Updated: Jun-30-15 7:53 pm
SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon Senate has signed off on three bills setting up Oregon's legal marijuana system.
- Legislature looks to speed up traffic on highways Updated: Jun-29-15 9:29 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Slow-poke drivers in passing lanes on Oregon freeways would sometimes have to make way for motorists with heavier right feet under a bill approved Monday in the state Senate.
- A look at the past week in the Oregon Legislature Updated: Jun-27-15 2:13 pm
SALEM, Oregon - As lawmakers push closer to the July 11 deadline to adjourn, the pace of activity is picking up precipitously.
- Oregon governor says gas tax hike for roads is dead Updated: Jun-25-15 9:23 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Gov. Kate Brown called an end Thursday to negotiations aimed at raising gas taxes to pay for highway and bridge construction, saying "there simply isn't a path forward."
- Oregon Senate OKs bill giving aid to students here illegally Updated: Jun-25-15 6:43 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Some Oregon students living in the U.S. without legal permission could qualify for state financial aid under a measure advanced by the state Senate Thursday, despite criticism that the state can't afford the additional grants.
- Legislative panel backs sales tax for marijuana Updated: Jun-23-15 8:10 pm
SALEM, Oregon - The state lawmakers preparing for Oregon's legal marijuana program are supporting a sales tax for the drug.
- Oregon bill would boost penalty for invasion of privacy Updated: Jun-23-15 7:52 pm
SALEM, Oregon - As part of an ongoing push to strengthen the state's privacy laws, Oregon Senate lawmakers on Tuesday cleared a measure making it a felony to secretly record someone while they are nude and in a private area.
- Oregon governor signs testing opt-out bill Updated: Jun-23-15 7:09 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill making it easier for parents to opt their children out of standardized tests.
- Oregon House panel advances Democratic tax credit plan Updated: Jun-23-15 5:08 pm
SALEM, Oregon - A state House panel has advanced a bill that combines a variety of tax increases with tax breaks benefiting primarily lower-income Oregonians.
- Oregon Senate committee clears birth control proposal Updated: Jun-18-15 7:47 pm
SALEM, Oregon - A proposal permitting pharmacists to prescribe hormonal birth control is advancing through the Legislature.
- Oregon bill would make choking a pregnant woman a felony Updated: Jun-17-15 9:01 pm
SALEM, Oregon - In Oregon, it's a felony to assault a pregnant woman. But it's only a misdemeanor to choke her.
- Oregon governor signs bill demanding public records audit Updated: Jun-15-15 7:34 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill directing the secretary of state to review Oregon's public records law and recommend improvements.
- Oregon House sends paid sick leave bill to governor Updated: Jun-12-15 7:40 pm
SALEM, Oregon - Republicans tried without success Friday to derail an Oregon bill that would require businesses to offer sick leave to their employees, arguing the measure would be bad for business and devastating for the agriculture industry.
- Oregon Senate backs self-service gasoline bill Updated: Jun-09-15 8:35 pm
SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon Senate has signed off on a plan to allow self-service gas pumping - but only in rural areas and only at night.