by Sen. Doug Whitsett
According to our constitutions, each American citizen possesses the unconditional, guaranteed right to own, keep and bear firearms.
The Second Amendment to the Unites States Constitution reads: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
“Shall not be infringed” has clear meaning. It means no government shall encroach upon, interfere with, violate, disobey or disregarded the constitutionally guaranteed right of a citizen to own and bear firearms. Continue reading
Oregon Senate Republicans
Salem, Ore. – Earlier this month, Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) sent a letter to the Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB) asking the board to eliminate a proposed rule to impose a $100 fee per month per teacher or other public education employee who opts out of OEBB medical coverage.
On June 17, April Kelly, rules coordinator for OEBB, responded to Ferrioli saying OEBB had decided to drop the $100 monthly fee on educators for exercising their right to choose the medical coverage best suited for their families. Continue reading
by Dan Lucas
In the early hours of Sunday, June 12th, Omar Mir Seddique Mateen went into the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and murdered 49 people and wounded more than 50. Mateen was subsequently killed in a gunfight with police at the nightclub.
CBS News called it “the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.”
It now joins previous Islamic extremist terror attacks on U.S. soil in Garland, Texas, at the military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and in San Bernardino, California – all in 2015. It joins the 2014 New York subway hatchet attack on police, the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, the Little Rock recruiting office shooting and the Fort Hood shooting in 2009, as well as the two attacks on the World Trade Center in 1993 and on 9/11 in 2001. Continue reading
By John A. Charles, Jr.
The Portland Public School board recently voted to prohibit textbooks or classroom materials questioning the mainstream thinking about climate change.
The decision has sparked an outpouring of commentary, with many writers supportive of the School Board.
However, the wording of the Board resolution should greatly concern parents of Portland public school students. Resolution No. 5272 is two pages long, but the most chilling part is the final sentence: Continue reading
Society of American Foresters
The Bureau of Land Management’s proposed Resource Management Plan would limit the ability of foresters to ensure the health, resiliency and accessibility across much of the 2.5 million acres of Western Oregon O&C forests, according to a letter sent by the Oregon Society of American Foresters (OSAF) to BLM Director Neil Kornze.
The Society represents over 800 forestry professionals in the state.
OSAF expressed concerns with the agency’s plan to set aside as much as 80 percent of the O&C lands in reserves, where limited forest management activities such as timber harvests and thinning would occur. The foresters say the plan’s arbitrary and restrictive approach fails to recognize the diversity of the landscape and doesn’t consider the risks of wildfire, insects and disease to public and private forests within the O&C checkerboard: Continue reading
by Sen. Doug Whitsett
The ability of American citizens to petition their government to redress grievances is enshrined in our nation’s founding documents. The right to refer measures passed by the Oregon Legislative Assembly for the voters to decide is also established in our state Constitution.
Article IV, Section 28 of the Oregon Constitution states that no law will be enacted that takes effect before the 91st day after the end of the legislative session, unless an emergency is declared. Bills for raising revenue are prohibited from having an emergency clause.
Additionally, Article IV, Section 1 (3) (a) states any law may be referred to the people for a vote that does not become effective until after the 91st day following the end of the legislative session. That time frame was deliberately designed to provide enough time for citizens to gather the signatures required to refer the law for a vote. Continue reading
by Rep. Gail Whitsett
The House Interim Committee on Revenue and the Senate Interim Committee on Finance and Revenue held a joint meeting at the state capitol in Salem on Friday, June 3 to hear about the state’s latest revenue forecast. I made the trip from Klamath Falls to attend the meeting, as I am a member of the House committee.
Two representatives of Oregon’s Office of Economic Analysis informed us of the latest trends relating to employment, the amount of money flowing into state government coffers and other relevant matters.
According to the PowerPoint presentation provided by the analysts, the state’s economy is adding around 5,000 jobs per month. That is 3,000 more per month than they said is needed to keep up with population growth. One of the analysts characterized our economy as being at “full throttle” for employment, but acknowledged that the labor market is still tight and that the levels of workforce participation are still lower than they would be in a fully health economy. Continue reading