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Oregon had no plan for checking Medicaid eligibility
More than three years after the expansion was launched under the Affordable Care Act, the state is scrambling to finish verifying whether every Oregonian on Medicaid meets the criteria.

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Bill to expand self-service gas heads to governor’s desk
The bill allows self-service in 15 counties in Eastern Oregon
State House approves tighter tracking for medical marijuana
State House approves tighter tracking for medical marijuana
The legislation, already passed by the Senate, follows concerns about a federal crackdown
Legislators pursue changing appointment authority for ODOT director
Legislators pursue changing appointment authority for ODOT director
Governor would no longer appoint
Pay equity bill heads for governor’s signature
Pay equity bill heads for governor’s signature
The bill allows workers who are victims of inequity to recover up to two years of back pay
Democrats: Medicaid concerns haven’t derailed provider tax talks
The tax aims could raise between $575 million and $600 million to cover part of the state’s costs of expanding the Medicaid pool.
State child welfare director resigns after six months
State child welfare director resigns after six months
Alhusseini says division has failed to get necessary results
Lawmakers threaten to deny grant apps to DEQ, OHA over failures
A grant for air monitoring narrowly passed Ways and Means Friday after lawmakers unleashed their dissatisfaction with DEQ.
State says determining Medicaid eligibility complicated
Process hampered by old, disparate tracking systems
Senate equal pay bill lets some workers recover back wages
Senate equal pay bill lets some workers recover back wages
A controversial House bill was amended in the Senate to win business support
Marijuana smoking lounges could be next in Oregon
Marijuana smoking lounges could be next in Oregon
Senate bill would provide a legal venue for renters and tourists to consume marijuana
Bill would require disclosure of seismic risk
Houses built before 1974 are at particular risk in the event of a major earthquake
Taxpayers could get kicker
The May revenue forecast reduces the projected budget shortfall to $1.4 billion, and raises the possibility of a personal income tax kicker
House passes bill to exempt legislative email lists from disclosure
The bill makes an exception for campaigns, which will still have access to the email address lists.
Legislation would provide money for first-time home buyers
The bill, House Bill 3192, would set aside $5 million for the next two years to help people earning up to their county’s median income a down payment on a home.
Lawmaker targets spammers with public records exemption bill
The bill builds on 2013 legislation aimed at stopping the use of email lists for spamming.
Oregon legislators await Tuesday’s revenue forecast
The forecast is the last before the end of the session, and will provide lawmakers their best estimate the gap they must fill either through additional revenue or spending cuts
Details of public ownership of forest unclear
Details of public ownership of forest unclear
Officials must tread carefully because the Elliott State Forest is a state trust land that’s required to generate revenues for the Common School Fund.
Bill would mandate testing for lead, other hazards in schools
Schools are required to submit a plan for testing, but are not required by law to test for lead in water supplies.
Historic first: Oregon Supreme Court to have majority women
With Rebecca Duncan’s appointment, Oregon joins several other state high courts with women majorities.
Land Board votes to stop sale of Elliott State Forest
Land Board votes to stop sale of Elliott State Forest
The offer from Lone Rock Resources and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians was rejected Tuesday in favor of continued public ownership
Tax targets out-of-state businesses that sell online
The Legislative Revenue Office has estimated the tax would yield a net $2 billion in new revenue.
Legislators unveil new plan for roads, bridges
Legislators unveil new plan for roads, bridges
The money for the plan would come from a combination of hikes in the gas tax and registration and license fees, tolls and new taxes on payroll and purchases of new vehicles and bicycles
Jackson County withdraws from Association of Oregon Counties
Jackson County withdraws from Association of Oregon Counties
Colleen Roberts, chair of the Jackson County Commission, says its contract with AOC did not provide a return on the investment.
Tiny house bill goes to state Senate
The bill requires the Department of Consumer and Business Services to adopt specific standards for tiny houses
Oregon Department of Human Services to get new director
Oregon Department of Human Services to get new director
Fariborz Pakseresht tapped to lead the state’s largest agency.

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