Use SB 856 (2015) to protect Oregon children from harmful OHA and ODE agendas

by Chris Bridgens Oregon Senate Bill 856 (2015) should be used to expose and stop the abusive, unsafe and unhealthy cultural agenda promoted and supported by the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Education (ODE) After years of ‘blurring … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in Education, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Health Authority | Leave a comment

Gov. Kate Brown approves $190 a year electricity hike

Oregon Senate Republicans So-called ‘Coal to Clean’ plan won’t even reduce carbon emissions in Oregon Salem, Ore. – Senate Republicans issued the following statement on Wednesday following the signing of SB 1547, an expensive new renewable energy mandate, by Governor … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:45 | Posted in Energy, Gov. Kate Brown, Green Energy, OR 78th Legislative Session | 1 Comment

Call for repeal of LCFS hidden gas tax ahead of 2017 Transportation Package

Oregon Senate Republicans Salem, Ore. – Yesterday, the Oregon Senate Republican Leadership Team sent a letter to Governor Kate brown urging her to protect struggling Oregonians by repealing the Low Carbon Fuel Standard before passing a transportation package in the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:25 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Green Energy, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, State Taxes, Transportation | 12 Comments

Oregon House Dems rolling in special interest campaign money

Promote Oregon Partisan Trial Lawyers PAC Has Contributed $60K Since End Of February Session Salem, OR – Incumbent House Democrats and Democrats seeking election to the Oregon House have received $60,000 in campaign contributions from the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:51 | Posted in 2016 Election, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon House | 14 Comments

Choosing safety of schoolchildren over comfort of lobbyists and politicians

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The System Can Work as Intended One of the most important duties of the members of the Legislative Assembly is to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent to best benefit the public. This often involves making … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:39 | Posted in Education, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, State Budget | 4 Comments

Rapid growth of Oregon budget continues

by Dan Lucas Last week the 2015-17 Budget Highlights Update (which includes 2016 “short session” actions) came out from the State of Oregon’s Legislative Fiscal Office. Oregon General & Lottery Funds Budget It’s an update to the current 2-year Oregon … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:30 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, State Budget | 18 Comments

The urban-rural divide in Oregon

by Senator Ted Ferrioli I can’t remember a more contentious or difficult legislative session. The issues of the urban-rural divide loomed large over the session, and many large and complicated bills that will have a negative impact on Eastern Oregon … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Energy, OR 78th Legislative Session | 3 Comments

Oregon legislative ‘short session’ could have been worse

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The recently concluded 2016 legislative session included the enactment of several laws and budget decisions that will be extremely destructive to Oregon small businesses and private sector job security. However, the 30-day session may also be … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session | 3 Comments

Dem’s anti-coal bill: $190 a year electric bill increase

Oregon Senate Republicans Salem, Ore. – Senate Republicans issued the following statement following the signing of SB 1547, an expensive new renewable energy mandate, by Governor Kate Brown in Portland yesterday: “Governor Brown gave her stamp of approval to a … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:47 | Posted in Energy, Gov. Kate Brown, OR 78th Legislative Session | 47 Comments

Oregon 2016 Session adjourns

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The Oregon Legislative Assembly adjourned last Thursday afternoon, ending what was arguably the most destructive month in Oregon legislative history. Some of the most damaging new laws were supposedly aimed at compromising with the provisions of … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Some early reactions to Oregon’s min wage hike

by NW Spotlight Oregon now has the highest minimum wage in the country Last week Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed the bill that incrementally raises Oregon’s minimum wage. The bill goes into effect in July and according to KOIN gives … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:17 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Gov. Kate Brown, Jobs, OR 78th Legislative Session | 4 Comments

Oregon 2016 ‘Short Session’: The End

by Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg) The Legislature adjourned Thursday for the year. From my perspective I am glad it is over before we did more things to hurt our economy and take more money from the people. Minimum Wage Increase … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, OR 78th Legislative Session | Leave a comment

‘Short session’ delivers partisan results for Oregonians

Oregon House Republicans Democrats Rush Through Costly Mandates, Betray Voter Intent on Annual Sessions Salem, OR – Marking the end of a historically partisan session characterized by backroom deals, costly mandates, and a blatant lack of transparency, House Republicans yesterday … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon House | 2 Comments

Oregon ‘Short Session’ ends – 78th Legislative Assembly

by NW Spotlight Oregon’s 78th Legislative Assembly adjourned the 2016 Regular Session “Sine Die” at 1:07 p.m. today in Salem. This 2016 Regular Session was the shorter session of the 78th Legislative Assembly, lasting about a month. It began on … Continue reading

Posted by at 03:53 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session | Leave a comment

Oregon Senate passes whistleblower protection bill

Office of Rep. Knute Buehler Bend, OR – Oregon whistleblowers will receive enhanced protections and transparency thanks to legislation passed yesterday by the Oregon Senate. The bill was championed by Representative Knute Buehler who initially introduced whistleblower legislation last session … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption, Government reform, OR 78th Legislative Session | 2 Comments

Wolves and min wage: Oregon’s urban-rural divide deepens

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Oregon’s urban-rural divide has been a constant theme of my weekly updates during my three terms serving in the Senate. Both the 2015 and the current 2016 Legislative Assemblies have served to highlight that ever-increasing split. … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:33 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, Rural Oregon | 3 Comments

Games being played by Dems in Oregon ‘short session’

by Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg) Thursday I gave a short speech in the Senate basically talking about how we are violating the very essence of the legislative process this Session. Agreements reached over weeks of negotiations are now being thrown … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:50 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate | 4 Comments

Oregon Senate GOP Leader Ted Ferrioli on Denial of Quorum

Sen. Ted Ferrioli Salem, Ore. – Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) provided the following statement after Senate Republicans denied quorum and prevented consideration of bills on the Senate floor late Wednesday: “This session we’ve seen the Democrat majority … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:00 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate | 5 Comments

Senate GOP challenge Dems’ unconstitutional passage of SB 1511

Oregon Senate Republicans Salem, Ore. – Senate Republicans expressed outrage over tactics by Senate Democrats to intentionally violate the Oregon Constitution on the Senate floor Tuesday. Passing SB 1511, which regulates marijuana taxation and contains an emergency clause, blatantly violates … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Marijuana, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate | 4 Comments

Extending Oregon’s Public School Open Enrollment Law Empowers Parents

By Kathryn Hickok Last week the Oregon State Senate passed an extension of Oregon’s open enrollment law, Senate Bill 1566. The bill extends for three more years the sunset provision of a 2011 law which allows students to attend public … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Leadership, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, Oregon Senate | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

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