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Draft plan released to reform ODOT in wake of $1 million evaluation
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Draft plan released to reform ODOT in wake of $1 million evaluation
DAS recommends hiring consultants to help work out problems at the department.

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Senate passes bill to raise smoking age to 21
The bill now heads to the House of Representatives, where it has bipartisan support.
ODOT review could lead to hiring more consultants
ODOT review could lead to hiring more consultants
To fix problems found in $1 million audit, DAS says it needs more outside studies.
Irrigators criticize $100 water rights fee proposal
Irrigators criticize $100 water rights fee proposal
A proposed $100 water rights fee has drawn the ire of Oregon irrigators.
Farmworker housing operations tax credit progresses
A bill that would provide farmers with tax credits for half the operational cost of maintaining farmworker housing has moved out of the Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue.
Costs of administering pot taxes escalating
Costs of administering pot taxes escalating
The tax has proven a considerable windfall for the state, but it has also created complications for the state’s tax-collecting agency.
Critics urge more livestock antibiotics oversight in Oregon
Critics urge more livestock antibiotics oversight in Oregon
Critics of federal oversight of livestock antibiotics want Oregon lawmakers to pass a bill that would limit antibiotic uses.
Small schools seek funding to address seismic concerns
A 2007 survey of seismic needs excluded some schools with enrollment of less than 200.
Legislative group recommends $255 million to $312 million in new road, bridge spending
Legislative group recommends $255 million to $312 million in new road, bridge spending
That level of spending is equal to a 9- to 11-cent increase in the gas tax, but the revenue would likely come from a variety of sources.
High pesticide level prompts pot recall
Like other agricultural products, cannabis is subject to pesticide testing, but the regulatory structure is a work in progress.
Bill would seal names of sex crime victims, witnesses
A bill in Senate Judiciary would give a pseudonym to sex crime victims and witnesses during grand jury indictments.
Fish and Wildlife Commission curtails summer gillnetting
New rules for fishing on the lower Columbia River still diverge from those of neighboring Washington.
Bill would authorize GMO trespass lawsuits against patent holders
Bill would authorize GMO trespass lawsuits against patent holders
A bill under consideration in Oregon would allow landowners to sue biotech patent holders over trespass by genetically engineered crops.
More than 450,000 Oregonians would lose health coverage under GOP plan
Analysis says additional Medicaid expenses would cost the state $4.6 billion through 2023.
Reversal of Oregon’s GMO pre-emption debated
Reversal of Oregon’s GMO pre-emption debated
Oregon’s House Agriculture Committee held a hearing March 16 on the proposed reversal of state pre-emption of local GMO restrictions.
Legislators seek ways to make ODOT more accountable
Former transportation commissioners say the commission should regain authority over ODOT’s director.
Bill would award electoral votes to national popular winner
Oregon House revives measure rejected by state Senate three other times in last 10 years.
Bills would ease new dwellings on farmland
Two bills proposed in Oregon would ease new dwellings and let people live in recreational vehicles on farmland.
Poll: Voters want cuts, but support corporate tax hike for K-12 education
Poll: Voters want cuts, but support corporate tax hike for K-12 education
New poll shows Oregon has a spending problem, but voters would support biz taxes if it goes to education.
Steelheaders call for Buckmaster’s removal from fish commission
Steelheaders call for Buckmaster’s removal from fish commission
The Association of Northwest Steelheaders submitted a petition last week signed by nearly 6,000 people calling on Gov. Kate Brown to remove Commissioner Bruce Buckmaster over his support for commercial gillnetting.
Irrigators butt heads with cities over water bills
Irrigators butt heads with cities over water bills
Irrigation districts in Oregon are butting heads with city governments over two bills related to water.
Legislative counsel says former rep can’t lobby for Brown
Former state Rep. Peter Buckley accepted a position Tuesday as Gov. Brown’s senior adviser focused on potential revenue and state pension reform.
Judge grants state’s request to join travel ban lawsuit
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum says president’s new executive order “should join its sister executive order in the trash bin of history.”
Dairy air debate centers on nearly decade-old report
Dairy air debate centers on nearly decade-old report
Debate over a proposed bill that requires Oregon to adopt dairy air emission rules recently centered on a 2008 task force report.
Legislators argue over fairness of mortgage interest deductions
Proposed legislation would reduce or eliminate the deduction for taxpayers in the higher brackets.
Governor’s staff lobbies treasurer on Elliott Forest proposal
The governor has proposed an alternative to selling the forest, but her plan would require approval by the Legislature.
Bill to expand rural self-service gas moves forward
The bill by Eastern Oregon lawmaker, Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, is headed to a vote in the House of Representatives.
Lawmakers consider limiting biodigester tax credits
Lawmakers consider limiting biodigester tax credits
Tax credits for biodigester would be limited under a proposed bill in Oregon.
Proposal to expand ODA authority draws no objections
The Oregon Department of Agriculture's proposal for expanded authority to conduct on-farm inspections has met with no resistance.
Governor restructures staff to respond to Trump edicts
Former Rep. Peter Buckley, D-Ashland, will serve in new position of senior adviser on transformation and budget stability.
Coastal Caucus supports commission decision on gillnetting
Bipartisan group of lawmakers go against the governor by supporting position of commercial fishermen.