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Small cities’ building permit programs face uncertainty
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Small cities’ building permit programs face uncertainty
Opinions by the Oregon Department of Justice and Legislative Counsel indicate many small cities may have to either shut down building programs or hire building officials with three-digit salaries.

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Buehler in hot seat over skipping debates
Buehler in hot seat over skipping debates
Knute Buehler has declined invitations for most county-level public forums and debates for the GOP nomination for governor.
Brown wants assurances for Oregon’s pot industry
Brown wants assurances for Oregon’s pot industry
President Donald J. Trump reportedly made a deal this week with a Colorado senator to protect the legal cannabis industry there, but it’s not clear whether it extends to Oregon.
Study: PERS better funded than most, but still short
The country’s state pension funds reported a $1.4 trillion deficit in 2016, up $295 billion from 2015, according to a study released Thursday by Pew’s Public Sector Retirement Systems Project.
Oregon wolf population continues to grow
Oregon wolf population continues to grow
The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife released its 2017 Wolf Conservation and Management Annual Report on Thursday.
Open houses seeks feedback on Portland tolling
Open houses seeks feedback on Portland tolling
The Oregon Department of Transportation will hold open houses on five tolling options during the rest of the month.
Inappropriate comment’ forces out business lobby president
Inappropriate comment’ forces out business lobby president
Former legislator Mark Johnson of Hood River said he was ‘shocked’ and ‘deeply disappointed’ by group’s decision to push for his resignation.
Governor signs Cleaner Air Oregon
Governor signs Cleaner Air Oregon
The Cleaner Air Oregon bill will provide residents more information about the health risks of industrial air emissions.
Governor signs ‘net neutrality’ rules
Governor signs ‘net neutrality’ rules
Oregon and Washington’s new laws could be the beginning of a patchwork internet laws throughout the nation after the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality in December.
Top officials mum on information officer’s departure
Top officials mum on information officer’s departure
Administrators and legislators say next CIO will face challenges updating state’s aging technology.
Report: Oregon should end solitary confinement
Report: Oregon should end solitary confinement
A report by Disability Rights Oregon shows inmates in the Behavioral Health Unit at Oregon State Penitentiary spend an average of about 23 hours a day in isolation.
Some question necessity of special session
Some question necessity of special session
Brown says she wants to help small businesses, but critics contend session has more to do with politics than policy.
What city is luckiest when it comes to Megabucks?
What city is luckiest when it comes to Megabucks?
A review by the Pamplin/EO Capital Bureau shows where winners bought their tickets and how they chose numbers.
State worker who uploaded sensitive information resigns
State worker who uploaded sensitive information resigns
Revenue Department employee uploaded spreadsheets containing names, addresses and social security numbers of at least 15,300 Oregonians to his personal cloud storage account.
DACA tele-town hall set for Wednesday
DACA tele-town hall set for Wednesday
State Reps. Susan McLain of Hillsboro and Teresa Alonso Leon of Woodburn plan to hear from dreamers and their families and to provide a panel of experts to answer questions.
Brown to sign tax bill; calls for special session
Brown to sign tax bill; calls for special session
Governor says she wants to extend special tax rates available to other small business owner to sole proprietorships.
Our Oregon, union withdraw tax-related initiative petitions
Our Oregon, union withdraw tax-related initiative petitions
Measures would have made it easier for Legislature to pass tax increases as counter to rival that would make tax changes more difficult.
Pass-through tax bill could be test case
Pass-through tax bill could be test case
Sen. Brian Boquist says Senate Bill 1528 could be the ideal test case to gain clarity on the definition of a revenue -raising measure.
IPO opens primary to unaffiliated, but they must request ballot
IPO opens primary to unaffiliated, but they must request ballot
The Independent Party of Oregon has opened it’s primary to non affiliated voters, but those voters won’t receive a traditional reminder from the Secretary of State’s Office in the mail this year.
Ruling makes it easier to rebuild houses on farmland
Ruling makes it easier to rebuild houses on farmland
The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled farmland dwellings can be rebuilt even if they were demolished longer than five years ago, reversing a
Oregon has started prepping for 2020 Census
Oregon has started prepping for 2020 Census
State and local governments in Oregon are helping to verify addresses and the state will hire a temporary employee to coordinate statewide efforts.
Oregon challenges citizenship question on census
Oregon challenges citizenship question on census
Oregon joins 17 other states, six cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors to block the new question added by the Trump administration.
Initiative petition seeks gun storage requirements
Initiative petition seeks gun storage requirements
The measure would require that a person who owns or possesses a firearm to “secure the firearm with a trigger or cable lock engaged or in a locked container equipped with a tamper-resistant lock.”
Oregon seeks stability for ‘dreamers’
Oregon seeks stability for ‘dreamers’
After preserving dreamers’ ability to obtain resident tuition at state colleges and renew driver’s licenses, Oregon lawmakers look at ways to remove barriers to occupational licensure.
State treasurers seek guidelines for banks serving pot businesses
State treasurers seek guidelines for banks serving pot businesses
Read part of group seeking meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Commission approves Kitzhaber ethics settlement
Commission approves Kitzhaber ethics settlement
The settlement ends three years of investigations and media attention on an influence-peddling scandal that prompted the governor to resign in February 2015.
For some business owners, tax deductions impact bottom line
For some business owners, tax deductions impact bottom line
Opponents want governor to veto bill passed to blunt impact of federal tax overhaul on state revenue.
Kitzhaber agrees to settle ethics case for $20K
Kitzhaber agrees to settle ethics case for $20K
Former Gov. John Kitzhaber is accused of violating state ethics laws by using his office for financial gain and failing to disclose conflicts of interest.
Groups push limits on Oregon campaign contributions
Groups push limits on Oregon campaign contributions
Effort to impose limits comes as group gives Oregon an “A plus” rating for allowing unlimited contributions.
Governor signs addiction bills, executive order
Governor signs addiction bills, executive order
The legislation and executive order seek a more concerted statewide effort toward prevention and treatment of drug and alcohol addiction.
State appeals ruling that blocked sentencing reform
State appeals ruling that blocked sentencing reform
The appeal of a Clackamas County Circuit Court decision to block the reforms could head straight to the Oregon Supreme Court because of legislation passed earlier this year.

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