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Sentencing reforms seek to reduce incarceration rate, racial profiling
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Sentencing reforms seek to reduce incarceration rate, racial profiling
Two laws passed by the Oregon Legislature reduce sentences for drug and property crimes.

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State hikes individual, business health premiums
Rates on the individual market will increase as much as 14.8 percent depending on the insurer, while businesses will see hikes as much as 10.1 percent
New state laws designed to protect against federal pot crackdown
New state laws designed to protect against federal pot crackdown
Lawmakers took steps to protect customers’ identification and strengthen measures to prevent leakage of product into the illegal market
Grocers seek state constitutional ban on taxing food
Grocers seek state constitutional ban on taxing food
The association’s action comes as public employee unions pursue placing a corporate sales tax on the ballot in 2018.
18,000 voters registered as ‘other’ run gamut
18,000 voters registered as ‘other’ run gamut
The irreverent ‘other’ voters often represent a ‘classic way to protest,’ one expert says
Ethics investigation of Kitzhaber, Hayes to move forward
Ethics investigation of Kitzhaber, Hayes to move forward
Preliminary review showed “substantial objective basis” to believe they may have violated law.
Provider tax referral puts $333 million in play
Provider tax referral puts $333 million in play
If the referral makes it to the ballot, the parts of the law in question wouldn’t go into effect unless voters approve
Term limits would remove 25 legislators from office
Term limits would remove 25 legislators from office
SEIU analysis shows Democrats and Republicans would lose significant number of lawmakers under Initiative Petition 19.
Death of Oregon hemp bills considered “mystery”
Death of Oregon hemp bills considered “mystery”
Hemp legislation creating a research pilot program and a crop commission in Oregon has died despite strong support and no public objections.
Oregon City resident launches effort to recall Gov. Kate Brown
Oregon City resident launches effort to recall Gov. Kate Brown
Arin Marcus sought to remove Gov. John Kitzhaber from office in 2015 for his alleged failure to intervene in Marcus’s child custody case.
Legislators have quirky end-of-session traditions
Legislators have quirky end-of-session traditions
Hawaiian shirts, hats and fishing photo contests among the sine die customs
Some Oregon farm bills quietly die, others quietly gain approval
Some Oregon farm bills quietly die, others quietly gain approval
While some of the most controversial proposals in the Oregon Legislature quietly died this year, other more-targeted bills were quietly enacted.
 Oregon Legislature adjourns difficult session with mixed outcomes
Oregon Legislature adjourns difficult session with mixed outcomes
Transportation bill seen as a triumph, but no progress was made on pension or long-term tax reform
Timber company sues state over nixed sale of Elliott
Timber company sues state over nixed sale of Elliott
Lone Rock Resources claims the state breached an agreement with the company when it canceled its plan to sell the Elliott State Forest
Green light, go! Transportation package heads to governor
Green light, go! Transportation package heads to governor
The 10-year plan includes hikes in the gas tax, registration and title fees and new taxes on payroll, new vehicle purchases and bicycles priced more than $200.
Legislature approves election dates for referrals
Legislature approves election dates for referrals
Three GOP legislators plan to file a petition to refer the so-called health care provider tax on the ballot
Bill to raise state smoking age to 21 passes state House
Oregon could become the third state in the nation to raise the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18
Oregon lawmakers approve state REAL ID
The federally-compliant identification cards will be required to board commercial domestic flights as soon as January 2018
Tenant protections bill dies in state Senate
Tenant protections bill dies in state Senate
The legislation began in the House as an effort to try to deter mass evictions and retaliation against tenants
Health care provider tax get closer to ballot
The tax package, signed by Gov. Brown on Monday, is meant to help offset the state’s increased cost of providing expanded Medicaid coverage.
Legislature passes bill requiring no-cost abortion coverage
The legislation would prohibit plans from imposing a deductible, coinsurance, copayment or other cost-sharing requirements on specific services
Oregon House passes anti-racial profiling bill
Oregon House passes anti-racial profiling bill
The legislation received broad support for its anti-profiling measures but drew controversy when Democrats added provisions.
State House shifts into drive for highways
State House shifts into drive for highways
The statewide plan raises new taxes and fees to fund congestion relief, roads, bridges, sidewalks, bicycle routes and transit
State Senate approves audio recording grand jury proceedings
State Senate approves audio recording grand jury proceedings
Oregon is one of only two states that still relies on handwritten notes for grand jury proceedings
Special election, cost containment, bond measures advance
Bill provides bonding authority to ‘buy’ the Elliott State Forest, provides for special election if health care provider tax goes on the ballot
Suicide prevention bill heads to the House
The Senate voted 17-11 to approve bill to allow extreme risk protection orders for suicidal loved ones

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