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House votes to join effort to elect president by popular vote
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House votes to join effort to elect president by popular vote
The movement has intensified since President Donald Trump’s election in November.

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Bill to expand self-service gas in rural counties heads to governor’s desk
The bill allows self-service in 15 counties in Eastern Oregon.
Legislators pursue changing appointment authority for ODOT director
Legislators pursue changing appointment authority for ODOT director
A $8 billion transportation package will include shifting the authority to appoint the ODOT director from the governor to the OTC.
Democrats: Medicaid concerns haven’t derailed provider tax talks
The tax could raise between $575 million and $600 million to cover part of the state’s costs of expanding the Medicaid pool.
House approves tighter tracking for medical marijuana
House approves tighter tracking for medical marijuana
The legislation, already passed by the Senate, follows concerns about a federal crackdown.
Pay equity bill heads to governor’s desk
The bill allows workers who are victims of inequity to recover up to two years of back pay.
Lawmakers threaten to deny grant apps to DEQ, OHA over failures
A grant for air monitoring narrowly passed Ways and Means Friday after lawmakers unleashed their dissatisfaction with DEQ.
Child Welfare director resigns after 6 months on job
Child Welfare director resigns after 6 months on job
Department of Human Services director says division has failed to get necessary results.
OHA: Determining Medicaid eligibility complicated
Oregon Health Authority says the process for determining eligibility has been hampered by old, disparate tracking systems and the failure of Cover Oregon.
Senate equal pay bill lets some workers recover back wages
A controversial House bill was amended in the Senate to win business support.
Marijuana smoking lounges could be next in Oregon
Marijuana smoking lounges could be next in Oregon
Senate bill would allow smoking lounges to provide a legal venue for renters and tourists to consume marijuana.
Legislature passes bill to require disclosure of house’s seismic risk
Houses built before 1974 are at particular risk in the event of a major earthquake.
Forecast boosts net revenue by $200 million
The May revenue forecast reduces the projected budget shortfall to $1.4 billion, and raises the possibility of a personal income tax kicker.
Legislation would provide money for first-time home buyers
The bill, House Bill 3192, would set aside $5 million for the next two years to help people earning up to their county’s median income a down payment on a home.
House passes bill to exempt legislative email lists from disclosure
The bill makes an exception for campaigns, which will still have access to the email address lists.
Lawmaker targets spammers with public records exemption bill
The bill builds on 2013 legislation aimed at stopping the use of email lists for spamming.
Oregon legislators await Tuesday’s revenue forecast
The forecast is the last before the end of the session, and will provide lawmakers their best estimate the gap they must fill either through additional revenue or spending cuts
Details of public ownership of forest unclear
Details of public ownership of forest unclear
Officials must tread carefully because the Elliott State Forest is a state trust land that’s required to generate revenues for the Common School Fund.
Bill would mandate testing for lead, other hazards in schools
Schools are required to submit a plan for testing, but are not required by law to test for lead in water supplies.
Historic first: Oregon Supreme Court to have majority women
With Rebecca Duncan’s appointment, Oregon joins several other state high courts with women majorities.
Jackson County withdraws from Association of Oregon Counties
Jackson County withdraws from Association of Oregon Counties
Colleen Roberts, chair of the Jackson County Commission, says its contract with AOC did not provide a return on the investment.
Oregon Department of Human Services to get new director
Oregon Department of Human Services to get new director
Fariborz Pakseresht tapped to lead the state’s largest agency.
Legislators offer 10-year, $5 billion transportation plan
Legislators offer 10-year, $5 billion transportation plan
The money for the plan would come from a combination of hikes in the gas tax and registration and license fees, tolls and new taxes on payroll and purchases of new vehicles and bicycles.
‘Tiny house’ bill goes to state Senate
The bill requires the Department of Consumer and Business Services to adopt specific standards for such tiny houses by Jan. 1, 2018.
House Democrats propose new business tax targeted to education, social spending
Plan would yield less than defeated ballot measure and replace current corporate income tax, but Republican says ‘people are still going to see it as a sales tax.’
Treasurer wants OSU to buy the Elliott State Forest
That plan is the latest in a series of proposals from members of the State Land Board.
Familiar arguments heard in rent control debate
Senate committee considers testimony on bill that has cleared the House, but it puts off action; majority Democrats can afford to lose only one vote to ensure OK.
Former official sues lottery for $2.75 million
Trinh Tran, a lawyer who worked as a contracts and procurement officer for the agency, alleges lottery officials retaliated against him for revealing management problems.
State tax collection positions were funded, but not filled
State tax collection positions were funded, but not filled
Gov. Brown wants to ramp up collections of state debt, but Department of Revenue didn’t fill 31 collections positions the Legislature funded in 2015.
Gordon Smith: Media isn’t the enemy of the people
Gordon Smith: Media isn’t the enemy of the people
The former senator made his comment Tuesday during a keynote speech at the 17th annual breakfast of the Portland Business Alliance.
Lawmakers discuss changes to state tax structure
The proposed changes, under an outline formally released Tuesday, could include three main features — a new tax on gross business sales; the elimination of the corporate income tax; and reductions in the personal income tax.

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