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Tenant protections holdout offers changes he could accept
Sen. Rod Monroe, D-Portland, has so far opposed a bill to outlaw no-cause evictions but has proposed changes he can accept.

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Union reaches first milestone for corporate sales tax measure
The state’s largest teachers’ union collects 1,000 signatures for two tax reform measures aimed at funding education.
Fund to aid commercial gillnetters never tapped
Fund to aid commercial gillnetters never tapped
The Columbia River Fisheries Transition Fund, a 2013 creation of the Legislature, was supposed to set aside $500,000 every two years to provide financial assistance to commercial gillnetters through 2019.
Corporate taxation bill could test constitutional case law
Republicans accuse Democrats of ‘trampling on the constitution’ by passing tax measure without a supermajority.
Committee considers dumping new tax in favor of raising existing rates
Changing existing corporate income tax rates may be easier than passing a new tax.
Kitzhaber, Hayes won’t be charged
Kitzhaber and Hayes had been under investigation by federal authorities, including the justice department, the IRS and the FBI, for more than two years.
Health care provider tax narrowly passes House
The tax will bring in an estimated $600 million a year to offset the cost of expanded Medicaid coverage.
Oregon lawmakers resolve sick pay confusion
Oregon lawmakers resolve sick pay confusion
A bill recently passed by the Oregon Legislature allows farmers to pay piece-rate workers the state minimum wage for missed worktime due to illness.
Tax bill will be amended before House vote next week
Democrat’s plan would eventually replace corporate income taxes with a business activities tax on sales of more than $3 million.
Oregon water rights transaction fee hike gains traction
Oregon water rights transaction fee hike gains traction
A bill proposing to raise fees on many Oregon water rights transactions by nearly 16 percent has unanimously cleared the Subcommittee on Natural Resources of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means.
No Senate GOP support for Democrats’ biz tax plan
Democrats in the Legislature have proposed raising more than $500 million a year with a new tax on businesses sales.
Oregon House approves ban on ‘lunch shaming’
Oregon House approves ban on ‘lunch shaming’
Legislators say collection actions that single out kids when their parents don’t pay lunch bills are unacceptable.
Legislature passes ban on surprise out-of-network bills
The bill, which bans ‘balanced billing’ by health care providers, is on its way to Gov. Kate Brown for her signature.
Keeping the Elliott State Forest will cost millions
Keeping the Elliott State Forest will cost millions
From paying the Common School Fund to developing a management plan, keeping the Elliott in public hands is an expensive proposition.
Budget committee advances health care provider tax
A package of new taxes on health care providers, insurance premiums and coordinated care organizations is expected to raise $673 million to offset increases in Medicaid costs.
Legislature working on bill to track college grad rates
Legislators said the bill was intended to accelerate reporting information that should have been part of a state initiative to set up a statewide data system to track students’ progress from preschool to postsecondary school.
Legislature passes bill setting deadlines for public records requests
Government agencies would have to respond in five days to acknowledge receipt of request, then provide documents in 10 days or explain why they can’t.
ODFW Commission wrestles with wolf management questions
ODFW Commission wrestles with wolf management questions
Oregon wolf discussion includes livestock kills, poaching, local management and more.
Senate approves $8.2 billion state education budget
Although the measures provides more money than Gov. Brown’s proposal, unions and other critics say the bill falls short.
Unclear Democrats’ tax plan has the votes to pass
The proposal would temporarily increase corporate income taxes in 2017 and 2018, and replace them with a corporate activity tax in 2019.
Judge: Federal laws don’t shield Oregon from timber lawsuit
Judge: Federal laws don’t shield Oregon from timber lawsuit
Federal environmental statutes, such as the Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act, don’t shield the State of Oregon from a $1.4 billion lawsuit that alleges insufficient logging.
Oregon Democrats propose ‘breakthrough’ plan for revenue reform
The agreement, five weeks before the legislative session’s end, would raise $900 million in the next two years.
Tension over revenue, transportation erupts into confrontation at Capitol
Tension over revenue, transportation erupts into confrontation at Capitol
Sen. Brian Boquist accuses unions of political blackmail over testimony at hearing on state transportation funding bill.
Fees could change soon at Oregon state parks
Bill approved by both chambers allows parks director to change fees at state parks.
State officials expect normal, or below average fire season
State officials expect normal, or below average fire season
Forestry department fire managers fear solar eclipse watchers could pose a threat.
Portland residents seek money for Powell, transit and bikes
Portland residents seek money for Powell, transit and bikes
Hearing on transportation package brings testimony on urban road, transit improvements.
Protestors line Capitol halls to jeer lawmakers’ education budget
Protestors line Capitol halls to jeer lawmakers’ education budget
Members of the Joint Ways and Means Committee voted to approve the $8.2 billion, two-year budget Tuesday.
First hearing on transportation funding bill highlights transit
First hearing on transportation funding bill highlights transit
A 0.1 percent payroll tax for transit is one of several that help fund the $8 billion, 10-year package of transportation projects.
Legislators introduce cost-containment bills
Public employee unions say some of the measures go too far, while GOP and biz groups argue they don’t go far enough.
Brown voices her opposition to Trump policies
Brown voices her opposition to Trump policies
Despite a $1.4 billion revenue shortfall in the state budget, Gov. Kate Brown repeated her goal of increasing the number of people enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan without decreasing coverage.
Teachers union pushes ballot measures to change business taxes
The proposed ballot measures would make it easier for the Legislature to increase business taxes, and impose a .95 percent gross receipts tax on certain corporations.

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