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Senate passes bill to strip guns from stalkers, abusers
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Senate passes bill to strip guns from stalkers, abusers
Controversial bill passed with 16 votes from Democrats. One Democrat and 12 Republicans voted against it.

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Audit suggests tweaks for tax processing system
Audit suggests tweaks for tax processing system
State auditors found that new Oregon tax processing software works well, but suggested extra precautions to safeguard data.
House Dems seek half of a cap-and-invest program
House Dems seek half of a cap-and-invest program
Acknowledging resistance to passing a full cap-and-invest program this year, House Democrats have proposed enacting half of a program and finishing it in 2019.
In-state tuition for noncitizens steps closer
In-state tuition for noncitizens steps closer
The Oregon Senate on Monday passed a bill to give resident tuition to noncitizens who have graduated from Oregon high schools.
Senate committee to take another pass at tax plan
Senate committee to take another pass at tax plan
The bill amends a plan aimed at tempering the effects of federal tax reform on Oregon’s budget.
Ethics commission to pursue Kitzhaber for 10 violations
Ethics commission to pursue Kitzhaber for 10 violations
The Oregon Ethics Commission voted unanimously Friday to make preliminary findings of violations. The vote prompts a period when the former governor can appeal or negotiate for a settlement.
Mercury pollution may impact Oregon farm erosion rules
Mercury pollution may impact Oregon farm erosion rules
Farmers may be expected to increase erosion control efforts due to stricter mercury pollution limits in Oregon’s Willamette river basin.
Legislators wary of optimistic revenue forecast
Legislators wary of optimistic revenue forecast
Good news of nearly $100 million more in resources met with skepticism as lawmakers wrestle with potential budget impact of federal tax changes.
House passes bill to keep guns from abusers
House passes bill to keep guns from abusers
The Oregon House voted 37-to-23 Thursday to close the so-called “boyfriend loophole” in state gun law.
Investigators: Kitzhaber violated ethics law 11 times
Investigators: Kitzhaber violated ethics law 11 times
An investigation report released Wednesday will be used as the basis for an ethics violation case against former Gov. John Kitzhaber.
House approves protections for all Oregon seed growers
House approves protections for all Oregon seed growers
The Oregon House has approved a bill requiring timely payments for all seed crops.
Senate works to reverse budget impact of federal tax bill
Senate works to reverse budget impact of federal tax bill
Legislative economists project that the changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — if Oregon law is static — could mean a $220 million hit to state revenues in the current two-year budget.
Ballot referral making health care a ‘right’ passes house
Ballot referral making health care a ‘right’ passes house
Party-line vote sends measure to Senate, but impact of a Constitutional right to health care is unclear.
Carbon sequestration proposed as ‘cap-and-trade’ alternative
Carbon sequestration proposed as ‘cap-and-trade’ alternative
Oregon regulators would study sequestering carbon in forests under a proposed bill.
‘Equifax bill’ requires faster data breaches notices
‘Equifax bill’ requires faster data breaches notices
A bill in the Legislature comes at a time when Equifax is under fire for failing to fully reveal the extent of a data breach last year.
Legislature seeks ways to improve its harassment policies
Legislature seeks ways to improve its harassment policies
Leaders consider an anonymous tipline to make it easier for accusers to come forward.
New attack ad slams Brown on day care issues
New attack ad slams Brown on day care issues
The ad, scheduled for debut Sunday, attacks Gov. Kate Brown for her response to failures at the state’s day care system.
Accusations of partisanship rile SOS audits chief
Accusations of partisanship rile SOS audits chief
Governor’s spokesman tells paper audits are political, but auditors fire back.
Oregon upgrades marbled murrelet to ‘endangered’
Oregon upgrades marbled murrelet to ‘endangered’
The change to endangered status will likely result in stricter logging limits on state forestland.
Kruse resigns over misconduct allegations
Kruse resigns over misconduct allegations
Roseburg Republican Sen. Jeff Kruse continued to deny the allegations of inappropriate touching while tendering his resignation Thursday, Feb. 8. The resignation is effective March 15.
Proposed Washington County rural reserve change dies quickly
Proposed Washington County rural reserve change dies quickly
A key lawmaker has killed off a proposal to eventually allow urbanization of 1,700 acres in Oregon’s Washington County that are currently in a rural reserve.
Wolf compensation bill clears initial hurdle
Wolf compensation bill clears initial hurdle
A bill that would increase compensation for livestock losses based on Oregon’s wolf population has survived an initial legislative deadline.
Pressure mounts as Kruse stays away from Legislature
Senate Republicans said Wednesday, Feb. 7, they decided to accept Kruse’s offer to stay away from the state capitol building in the coming weeks.
Lawmakers seek to close gun loophole
Lawmakers seek to close gun loophole
A proposed law change would prohibit domestic violence offenders who have been dating partners from possessing a firearm and would enhance information sharing about attempt to obtain a gun illegally.
Audit: State pot tracking, licensing system needs improvement
Audit: State pot tracking, licensing system needs improvement
Report says Oregon’s licensing system could make it difficult to detect illegal activity.
Report: Kruse engaged in ‘unwelcome physical contact’
Report: Kruse engaged in ‘unwelcome physical contact’
The investigator’s report was made public Tuesday, a little more than three months after the first allegations of unwanted touching, made by a fellow state senator, came to light.
Forest Grove parents seek changes to hit-and-run law
Forest Grove parents seek changes to hit-and-run law
Legislators hope to plug a loophole that led appeals court to reverse conviction in girls’ deaths.
Error reignites Oregon rural dwelling debate
Error reignites Oregon rural dwelling debate
An error in a 2017 land use bill would allow more “accessory dwelling units” on Oregon farmland, but lawmakers are being urged to correct the mistake this year.
Lawmakers wrangle foster care system changes, improvements
Unclear what Legislature can do to fix myriad of problems facing the foster care system.
Kotek: Senator accused of sexual impropriety should resign
Kotek: Senator accused of sexual impropriety should resign
Sen. Jeff Kruse, R-Roseburg, is under investigation for alleged unwanted touching of female legislators.
Brown focuses on inclusive economy in state-of-the-state
Brown focuses on inclusive economy in state-of-the-state
Gov. Kate Brown’s speech on the state’s skills gap kicks off the 35-day 79th Legislative Assembly.

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