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Legislators propose cost cuts
Legislators propose cost cuts
The proposals came with no estimate of how much they would save, which could come as early as this week

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Under court order, state will restore in-home care services
The department has been sued by families of patients with intellectual or developmental disabilities who had services cut by the state
Review of Oregon’s wolf management plan begins
Review of Oregon’s wolf management plan begins
A public hearing April 21 in Klamath Falls begins what is certain to be a contentious rehash of wolves’ impact on livestock and wild prey.
State Senate passes public records request response deadline
State Senate passes public records request response deadline
The legislation by a task force convened by Attorney General Rosenblum now heads to the House
Bills imposing new dairy, forestry regulations fail
Bills imposing new dairy, forestry regulations fail
Bills that would impose new regulations on dairy air emissions and notification requirements for forestry pesticide sprays have failed.
Malheur County economic development bill moves out of committee
The legislation would create a specific fund and advisory board. Seven voting members appointed by the governor would make grants and loans intended to spur economic development.
Gun bills evoke strong emotions at state Capitol
Gun bills evoke strong emotions at state Capitol
A bill by Sens. Boquist and Burdick would create an extreme risk protection order process for people who are a danger to themselves and others
Massive health care cuts on possible budget reduction list
About 350,000 Oregonians would no longer be eligible for coverage under the recent Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion.
Bill proposing solar restrictions on farmland dies
Bill proposing solar restrictions on farmland dies
A bill requiring solar developers to conduct an alternatives analysis before siting projects on high-value farmland has died.
Oregon hemp commission proposal passes muster
Oregon hemp commission proposal passes muster
A proposal to create the Oregon Industrial Hemp Commission, which would fund promotions and research, has passed an initial committee, along with bills funding the battle against sudden oak death and creating a farmland preservation fund.
Bills reversing GMO pre-emption die in Oregon
A battle over Oregon’s statewide pre-emption of local GMO regulations has died in the House and Senate
Oregon wetland exemption moves forward
Oregon wetland exemption moves forward
An exemption to Oregon’s wetland fill-removal law has passed a key committee with a “do pass” recommendation for a House floor vote.
Oregon GMO pre-emption battle continues in Senate
Oregon GMO pre-emption battle continues in Senate
A battle over Oregon’s statewide pre-emption of local GMO regulations has died in the House but continues in the Senate
Legislation could prevent some deportations of legal immigrants
The proposal is in an amendment to Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum’s bill to discourage racial profiling
Buehler says Dems’ ethics charge is politically motivated
Democrats charge Buehler failed to disclose consulting fees, but ethics commission told his office it wasn’t required.
Oregon water measurement bill passes initial committee
Oregon water measurement bill passes initial committee
A bill requiring water measurement devices for Oregon irrigators has passed the House Energy and Environment Committee.
Support grows for stringent tracking of medical pot
Support grows for stringent tracking of medical pot
Lawmakers say leaky medical marijuana program needs tighter rules if it hopes not to run afoul of federal guidelines.
Report: Oregon’s wolf population growth ‘weak’ in 2016
Report: Oregon’s wolf population growth ‘weak’ in 2016
ODFW doesn’t believe the low growth is a trend, offers explanations and emphasizes the count includes only confirmed wolves.
Richardson wants to change rules to keep more voters active
Richardson wants to change rules to keep more voters active
The secretary of state wants to change state election rules, extending to 10 years the time Oregonians can be kept on the active voter rolls without voting.
State budget hangs on May revenue forecast
Quarterly forecast will give lawmakers last picture of state’s finances before session ends
Pingpong, exercise room provide fun at Oregon Lottery
Pingpong, exercise room provide fun at Oregon Lottery
Vendor samples also keep workers entertained
Bills would relax Oregon land use rules
Five bills would relax Oregon land use rules to spur rural development.
Bills would stave off opening of second women’s prison
Bills would stave off opening of second women’s prison
Efforts to expand early release program had hearings Tuesday and Wednesday.
As deadline looms, no clear PERS plan has emerged
April 18 is the last day bills can move out of committee, and work sessions on various plans to reduce retirement costs have yet to be scheduled.
Lawmakers recommend accountability measures for ODOT
The group wants authority over the ODOT director to go back to the OTC, a website to track project, tighter contracts.
$5.6 million for Oregon farm-to-school funding passes key committee
$5.6 million for Oregon farm-to-school funding passes key committee
A bill directing $5.6 million for Oregon’s farm-to-school program has passed a key committee.

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