Oregon Legislature Prompts Mixed Reviews

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s lawmakers are giving mixed reviews to the most recently concluded session of the Oregon Legislature. While democrats are praising progress this year, house republicans say it was partisanship as usual. The highlights of this session include re-upping investment in education to $6.7 billion, about a billion more than last year, at … Continue reading »

Measure 11 Sentencing May Be Changing

Oregon lawmakers are looking to scale back sentencing to limit the strain on the state’s prison system. Currently, Measure 11 sets a mandatory minimum sentencing for certain sex abuse, assault and robbery crimes. The change would cap the mandatory sentence and look at monitoring offenders in programs rather than prisons. Governor John Kitzhaber says it … Continue reading »

Bill to Insure Immigrants on Road

SALEM, Ore. — More than $85 million comes out of the state budget every year to deal with car accidents caused by uninsured drivers. Oregon lawmakers are hoping their bill will help alleviate some of that by insuring illegal immigrants. They introduced legislation Tuesday that would create a short-term driver’s license. Drivers wouldn’t be able … Continue reading »

Fight to Expand Oregon Wilderness

WASHINGTON D.C. — Oregon lawmakers are once again trying to expand the amount of Oregon wilderness that is protected under federal law. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley introduced several bills Thursday in Washington D.C., hoping to break gridlock that has defeated them in the past. The bills would expand the Oregon Caves National Monument … Continue reading »

Medical Marijuana for PTSD?

SALEM, Ore. — If Oregon lawmakers give it the go ahead, it may soon be legal to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with medical marijuana. Next week, when the Oregon State Legislature convenes, lawmakers will hear testimony about PTSD. A state senate committee is looking at a bill that would add the disorder to the … Continue reading »