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Multnomah County Circuit Judge Eric Bloch struck down voter-approved limits on campaign donations to candidates running for county offices. Judge Bloch’s ruling stated the $500 limit on donations violates Oregon’s expansive free expression guarantees in the Oregon Constitution. The decision […]

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Gov. Kate Brown signed House Bill 2595 on May 3. The bill prohibits a former member of the Legislative Assembly from receiving money or any other consideration for lobbying within one year after ceasing to be a member of the […]

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Mayor Ethan Strimling announced he will propose changes to city elections, seeking public funding for local campaigns and new lobbyist disclosure rules. Strimling’s new initiatives will demand elected officials disclose meetings with lobbyists and other influencers. The initiatives will also […]

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Mayor Ted Wheeler submitted to City Council a proclamation stating the recently passed campaign finance ballot measure is enacted and in effect. The Honest Elections City of Portland Charter Amendment prohibits corporate contributions and limits contributions from individuals and committees […]

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Portland, Oregon voters passed a campaign finance measure to limit large political campaign contributions. The amended charter limits independent expenditures to an aggregate of $5,000 per individual and an aggregate of $10,000 per political committee, provided contributions to the committee […]

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The Oregon Legislature adjourned a one-day special session on May 21, 2018. The special session was called by Gov. Kate Brown to address tax breaks for small businesses.  The tax plan passed 51-8 in the House and 18-12 in the […]

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Gov. Kate Brown called a special session for May 21, 2018. The session is expected to be limited to legislation reducing small business taxes. The governor announced she wants to complete the special session in a single day.

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In Oregon, a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge found county campaign finance reforms unconstitutional. Judge Eric Bloch ruled the voter-approved limitations on campaign contributions and independent expenditures were impermissible under the free speech guarantees within the Oregon Constitution, citing a […]

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March 6, 2018  •  

Oregon Legislature Adjourns

On March 3, the Oregon Legislature adjourned its biennial short session. Bills passed strengthen domestic violence laws, create a task force to study opioid addiction treatment barriers and implement a peer support program, require more transparency from prescription drug manufacturers, and eliminate a […]

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January 24, 2018  •  

Oregon Voters Approve Tax Measure

In a special election on January 23, Oregon voters approved Measure 101. Measure 101 keeps taxes on health insurers, hospitals, and managed care organizations that were passed during the 2017 legislative session. The taxes will help fund the Oregon Health […]

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November 7, 2017  •  

Special Election Called in Oregon

A special election will be held on January 23, 2018, to consider a veto referendum on taxes included in a 2017 legislative session bill. The taxes at issue are on healthcare insurance premiums intended to provide funding for people on […]

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Gov. Kate Brown administered the oath of office to the now-former lobbyist for powerful public employee unions SEIU Local 503 and AFSCME Council 75, among other left-leaning groups. Andrea Salinas was appointed by the commissioners of Multnomah and Clackamas Counties […]

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Lawmakers are meeting this week for three legislative days to start discussions on bills they would like to pass during the shorter, 32-day session next year. In addition to getting updates on this year’s wildfire season and how the state […]

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The Oregon Legislature adjourned July 7, three days before its July 10 constitutional deadline. In the final days of the session, lawmakers passed a $5.3 billion package of taxes and fees to fund transportation upgrades and another bill to reduce […]

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