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Oregon lawmakers will return to the Capitol Monday for the first time since June. It's the first round of “Legislative Days” since the whirlwind closing days of the 2019 legislative session.

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Oregon is one of five states that allows unlimited donations to state campaigns. The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled political giving is protected by the state constitution.

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Oregon workers will get paid time off to care for loved ones or to welcome a new baby into the family. That’s because of a bill signed into law Friday by Democratic Gov. Kate Brown.

270-thousand children across Oregon will now get comprehensive vision screening in public school districts and preschools.


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A new Oregon law that relaxes rules against building schools, hospitals and fire stations in tsunami zones prompted a backlash Tuesday at a meeting of seismic experts in Salem.

House Bill 3309 removes a nearly 25-year-old requirement that gives Oregon’s Department of Geology and Mineral Industries the right to deny construction of so-called “essential facilities” in coastal areas that are prone to deadly tsunamis.

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As the walkout by Oregon Senate Republicans continues, longtime Eugene Democratic Sen. Floyd Prozanski says he thinks the tactic could signal a “new norm” for Oregon politics.

Senate Republicans have left the state in protest of a bill that would regulate carbon emissions. Their absence denies the majority Democrats a quorum, meaning the Senate can’t meet to vote on bills.

Oregon lawmakers have less than three weeks to finish their work during the current legislative session. With the clock counting down, they have a long list of items still on their agenda.

Chief among the unfinished work at the capitol are budget bills for most of the state’s largest agencies, including the Department of Human Services, the Oregon Health Authority, and the Department of Corrections. In Oregon, each agency gets its own separate two-year budget. There's no overarching budget bill that covers all functions of state government.

As schools across the country grapple with addressing racist behavior at sporting events, a bill in the Oregon Legislature could hold districts accountable. 

Oregon Democrats Push Rent Control

Feb 5, 2019
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Democratic legislative leaders are pushing a measure that could make Oregon the first state in the nation to adopt statewide rent control. 

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A new legislative session always features new faces at the state capitol building. This year’s crop of freshmen includes two southern Willamette Valley state representatives who are both replacing long-time lawmakers who retired.


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The Oregon legislature wrapped up it's short session over the weekend. OPB's Lauren Dake talks with KLCC's Rachael McDonald about what did and did not get accomplished in Salem.

Oregon Lawmakers Approve Gun Control Measure

Feb 15, 2018
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Oregon lawmakers approved a gun control measure Thursday expanding the number of people who are prohibited from buying firearms if they have stalking or domestic violence convictions.

Oregon Lawmakers Gather For Short Session

Feb 5, 2018
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The Oregon Legislature is back in town in Salem. Lawmakers gathered Monday to start their biannual short session and to hear Governor Kate Brown deliver her State of the State address.

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It’s peak season for collisions between cars and deer or elk.  But wildlife officials say for those wanting to salvage any roadkill, that’s not allowed yet.  KLCC’s Brian Bull explains.  

Recorded On: 7/14/17

Air Date: 7/17/17

What was achieved during the 2017 Oregon Legislative Session?  What was kicked down the road for the next session?  Democratic Senator Floyd Prozanski and Republican Representative Cedric Hayden will share their thoughts on what went well and what could have gone better in the 2017 Oregon Legislative Session.

Oregon Could Join National Popular Vote Compact

May 25, 2017
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The Oregon House has voted to join a national movement to elect the president via the popular vote, instead of using the Electoral College.

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As they continue to face a $1.6 billion budget shortfall, Oregon lawmakers will get an update on the state's financial outlook next week. The May revenue forecast is a key piece of information as budget-writers put together the next two-year spending plan.

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The University of Oregon faces a $25 million gap under Governor Kate Brown’s proposed budget. U of O administrators, students and alumni Thursday urged state lawmakers to put more money into higher education.

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The Oregon legislature’s Ways and Means Committee heard from nearly 200 people in a packed lecture hall at Lane Community College in Eugene Saturday. People urged lawmakers to increase funding for higher education, K through 12, health care, services for people with disabilities, public safety and more.

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A coalition of labor, community, and health groups are calling on Oregon lawmakers to ensure residents’ basic rights and opportunities are protected under the Trump administration.

Two bills approved during Oregon’s 2016 legislative session address sexual assault. One lifts the statute of limitation for first-degree sex crimes. The other puts procedures in place to process untested rape kits.

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The Oregon Legislature wrapped up this year's short session, Thursday, approving a last batch of bills dealing with housing, phasing out coal power, and raising the state's minimum wage.

Oregon Democrats left the short legislative session today (Thursday) with at least two policy changes to be happy about. Governor Kate Brown signed a law that will increase the state’s minimum wage over the next five years. And lawmakers were able to approve a bill that will phase out coal fired power plants by 2030. KLCC’s Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman.

Lehman: “That’s something that Democrats say will contribute to cleaner air, but Republicans say, ‘well, it will just jack up electricity rates, and coal power is going to stick around regardless of what Oregon does.’”

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The Oregon Legislature began its 35-day special session Monday, Feb. 1. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have different ideas about what this short session should and should not try to accomplish.

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Correspondent Chris Lehman talks with KLCC's Rachael McDonald about the legislative session that begins February 1st in Salem.

The New Year brings more access to birth control for women in Oregon.
One law allows pharmacists to prescribe oral and patch contraceptives to women 18 and over.

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KLCC's Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman talks with Rachael McDonald about a busy week in Salem including Thursday's release of emails from the last days of former governor John Kitzhaber's time in office.

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A longtime Oregon lawmaker has died. Ed Fadeley passed away Sunday evening of complications from heart failure. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert has this remembrance.

In the state legislature, Ed Fadeley represented the people of Lane County for 26 years. He started his political career in the Oregon House in 1960 then joined the Senate. He rose to Senate President in ’83 but lost the post to John Kitzhaber after two years.

2015 Oregon Legislature Update

Jul 20, 2015

Recorded on: July 17, 2015

Air Date: July 20th, 2015

City Club welcomes Oregon State House Majority Leader Val Hoyle, Oregon State Senator Lee Beyer and Lane County Commissioner Jay Bozievich to recap the 2015 Legislative Session.  Representative Hoyle represents West Eugene and Junction City, while Senator Beyer serves the voters of SE Eugene, Goshen, East Lane County, Southern Linn County, and Springfield. Commissioner Bozievich represents West Lane County including portions of North Eugene.

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The Oregon legislature has approved a nearly 30 million dollar taxpayer bond for a new wood products lab and other additions at Oregon state university. 

According to Thomas Maness, Dean at the School of Forestry, the project will add new classrooms and research facilities, including a twenty thousand square foot laboratory focused on utilizing Oregon's wood products for a growing global demand:

Thomas Maness: "Architects and engineers are really looking for a solution to build larger buildings than we currently build out of sustainable materials."

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