HealthWatch: Women’s Health Insurance

Oregon legislators are looking at a bill that would cover all women’s reproductive health issues. If passed, the bill would require health insurance companies to pay for contraception, abortion, pre-natal care, childbirth, and post partum care. Those who agree with the bill say they support most of the aspects of it, like insurance paying for … Continue reading »

Cigarette Tax Increase

SALEM, Ore. — Starting the first of the year, cigarette taxes will increase in Oregon. The Oregon Department of Revenue will increase the state tax on a standard pack of cigarettes by 13 cents, from $1.18 to $1.31. Tobacco officials say revenue from these taxes total about $250 million a year. The money helps to … Continue reading »

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 »

Intern Workplace Bill Protects Rights

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon legislature voted on a bill to protect unpaid interns in the workplace. Currently, there are only laws in place to protect employees and paid interns against harassment and discrimination. Now the measure will give unpaid interns the same benefits against workplace violations like sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation for whistle … Continue reading »

Oregon Bill Address Cougar-Hunting Dogs

MEDFORD, Ore. – A bill that would allow hunters to use dogs to hunt cougars has made its way through the Oregon House. The bill passed this week and is now moving to the Senate. If approved, it would allow individual counties to opt out of the statewide ban on using dogs to hunt cougars, … Continue reading »

“Popular Vote” Proposal In Oregon

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon House has voted to join a movement seeking to elect the president by the national popular vote. The legislation would require Oregon to cast its seven electoral college ballots for the candidate who wins the national vote, rather than the one who gets the most votes in Oregon. Nine states … Continue reading »

Oregon House Votes To Tax Cigarettes

SALEM, Ore. — In addition to gun control, another debate at the state capital is whether or not to allow a tax on tobacco. The House narrowly passed the measure to allow counties to tax cigarettes on Thursday. Tobacco taxes are currently the exclusive authority of the state. Proponents say the bill would help struggling … Continue reading »

Bill Targets Smoking in Cars With Kids

MEDFORD, Ore. – A bill in the Oregon legislature would make it illegal for anyone to smoke in a vehicle with children. Senate Bill 444-A passed by a 19-10 vote and is now on its way to the House for consideration. If passed, the bill would make smoking with a child in the car a … Continue reading »

Oregon Bill Could Require Immunizations

The Oregon Legislature is crafting a bill that would force parents to get their children’s immunizations. Although it is state law, a large number of parents disregard the shots for both philosophical and religious reasons. The bill would keep children out of school if they do not meet state requirements. It would also require parents … Continue reading »

Oregon GOP Gets New Leader

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Republican Party will enter the 2014 election season under new leadership. Suzanne Gallagher won the chairmanship, beating out Art Robinson and John Lee, Jr. The Republican Party has not won a statewide race in over a decade, and controls just one of five congressional seats. Gallagher will serve a two-year … Continue reading »

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