Bates and Dotterrer Debate Big Topics

MEDFORD, Ore. —  Oregon state senator candidates talked through many topics Thursday morning outlining their goals and focus while running for office. The topics included job creation, healthcare, education, O&C lands, driver licenses for undocumented residents, gun control and state budget cuts. Over the last 12 years, current Democratic State Senator Alan Bates has focused a … Continue reading »

2014 Oregon Legislative Session to Start

SALEM, Ore. — Monday marks the beginning of the 2014 Oregon legislative session and local legislators expect it to be a very fast passed with a variety of issues getting attention. Cover Oregon has been controversial since its launch in October and the website is still not fully functional. Representative Dennis Richardson of Central Point … Continue reading »

Lawmakers Weigh In on Possible Strike

Senator Alan Bates, Rep. Sal Esquivel and Rep. Peter Buckley released a joint statement on Thursday regarding the ongoing conflict between the Medford School District and Medford Education Association: We are asking both the Medford School District and the Medford Teachers Association to return to negotiations on Friday, and to continue to work until they … Continue reading »

Senator Bates Elected Majority Leader

SALEM, Ore. – On Friday, State Senator Alan Bates of Southern Oregon was elected Deputy Majority Leader by his colleagues. As Deputy Majority Leader, Bates will be the third-ranking member of Senate Democratic leadership team, with a significant role in maintaining order, keeping members informed during Senate floor sessions and negotiating with other legislative leaders. … Continue reading »

Senator Alan Bates Honored

SALEM, Ore. – State Senator Alan Bates will receive a distinguished honor next month. Bates, and 10 other colleagues are being honored with the Statesman of the Year Award for their role in improving Oregon’s health care system. Senator Bates advocated for a more open and transparent process to help small businesses purchase affordable healthcare. … Continue reading »