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September 13, 2021  •  

Gov. Brown to call Special Session

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced she is calling a special legislative session to adopt the new congressional and legislative district maps. The session will commence September 20, leaving the Legislature seven days to finalize the maps before the September 27 […]

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August 30, 2021  •  

Contribution Limits Upheld

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Judge Bloch of Multnomah, Oregon County Circuit Court ruled contribution limits do not violate free speech and are constitutional. The ruling allows for a $500 limit on individual campaign donations. This limit was put into place by voters in 2016, […]

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August 10, 2021  •  

Justice Lynn Nakamoto to Retire

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Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday she is accepting applications to fill a seat on the Oregon Supreme Court. Justice Lynn Nakamoto is set to retire December 31 and the new appointee will fill the vacancy on January 1, 2022.

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July 23, 2021  •  

State Rep Gary Leif Passes Away

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Oregon State Rep. Gary Leif passed away this Thursday, having served as the representative of House District 2 since 2018. Before being appointed, he was elected as the Douglas County commissioner in 2016. Commissioners from Douglas, Jackson, and Josephine counties […]

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The Oregon Legislature adjourned sine die June 26 after passing a flurry of bills in the twilight hours of the 2021 legislative session. The Democratic-led Legislature passed sweeping police reform, a state budget focused on economic recovery, and bills focusing […]

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June 11, 2021  •  

Oregon Expels Lawmaker

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The Oregon House voted to expel Rep. Mike Nearman after he allowed demonstrators, some who were armed, into the Capitol on December 21, 2020, while the House was in a special session. The District 23 seat will most likely remain […]

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The city of Portland adopted new and amended Auditor Administrative Rules (ARAs) following a public comment period. The administrative rule changes are a result of previous litigation and court cases; a need for updating certain dollar amounts to comply with […]

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A lawmaker facing expulsion from the state House of Representatives after women accused him of harassment is resigning. Rep. Diego Hernandez is stepping down to allow his colleagues to focus on serving Oregonians and to move forward with his life […]

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The Oregon Legislature gathered in person for a one day special session on Monday. During the session, lawmakers passed four bills including $800 million in relief for those struggling due to the pandemic and the aftermath of the historic summer […]

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Gov. Kate Brown will call lawmakers into a one-day special session on December 21. The legislature will consider $800 million in relief for Oregonians suffering financially from the COVID-19 pandemic and the state’s wildfires. The funding will go towards helping […]

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Lawmakers on Wednesday signaled support in using a provision from the state constitution never before used. Under the provision, Gov. Kate Brown can declare a catastrophic disaster. In addition, she can convene a special legislative session under looser rules than […]

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Voters passed a state constitutional amendment paving the way for the Oregon State Legislature and local lawmakers to limit political contributions and expenditures. Measure 107 also allows for rules regarding disclosure of campaign activity in order to require campaigns to […]

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Oregon Lawmakers worked past 11 p.m. Monday to conclude a special session growing tense and at times openly hostile in the Senate earlier in the evening. Lawmakers passed a dozen bills to patch a $1 billion hole in the state […]

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Gov. Kate Brown announced she will convene a second special session of the Oregon Legislature starting Monday, August 10. The main objective of the session will be to address the state’s devastating budget shortfall arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The […]

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