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Audit suggests tweaks to tax processing system
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Audit suggests tweaks to tax processing system
State auditors found that new tax processing software works well, but suggested extra precautions to safeguard data

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Ethics commission to pursue Kitzhaber for 10 violations
Ethics commission to pursue Kitzhaber for 10 violations
The Oregon Ethics Commission voted unanimously Friday to make preliminary findings of violations. The vote prompts a period when the former governor can appeal or negotiate for a settlement.
Mercury pollution may impact Oregon farm erosion rules
Mercury pollution may impact Oregon farm erosion rules
Farmers may be expected to increase erosion control efforts due to stricter mercury pollution limits in Oregon’s Willamette river basin.
Legislators wary of optimistic revenue forecast
Legislators wary of optimistic revenue forecast
Good news of nearly $100 million more in resources met with skepticism as lawmakers wrestle with potential budget impact of federal tax changes
State House moves to keep guns from abusers
State House moves to keep guns from abusers
The 37-23 vote Thursday was to close the so-called ‘boyfriend loophole’ in state gun law
Investigators: Kitzhaber violated ethics law 11 times
Investigators: Kitzhaber violated ethics law 11 times
An investigation report released Wednesday will be used as the basis for an ethics violation case against former Gov. John Kitzhaber.
House approves protections for all Oregon seed growers
House approves protections for all Oregon seed growers
The Oregon House has approved a bill requiring timely payments for all seed crops.
Carbon sequestration proposed as ‘cap-and-trade’ alternative
Carbon sequestration proposed as ‘cap-and-trade’ alternative
Timber companies and several lawmakers are advocating for a bill that would require the Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Forestry to evaluate using natural ecosystems to absorb and store carbon while promoting economic development,...
Ballot referral making health care a right passes state House
Ballot referral making health care a right passes state House
Party-line vote sends measure to Senate, but impact is unclear
State Senate works to reverse budget impact of federal tax bill
State Senate works to reverse budget impact of federal tax bill
Legislative economists project that the changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — if Oregon law is static — could mean a $220 million hit to state revenues in the current two-year budget
‘Equifax bill’ requires faster data breach notices
‘Equifax bill’ requires faster data breach notices
A bill in the Legislature comes at a time when Equifax is under fire for failing to fully reveal the extent of a data breach last year
Legislature seeks ways to improve its harassment policies
Legislature seeks ways to improve its harassment policies
Leaders consider an anonymous tipline to make it easier for accusers to come forward.
Accusations of partisanship rile state audits chief
Accusations of partisanship rile state audits chief
Governor’s spokesman tells paper audits are political, but auditors fire back
New attack ad slams Brown on day care issues
New attack ad slams Brown on day care issues
The ad, scheduled for debut Sunday, attacks Gov. Kate Brown for her response to failures at the state’s day care system.
Oregon upgrades marbled murrelet to ‘endangered’
Oregon upgrades marbled murrelet to ‘endangered’
The change to endangered status will likely result in stricter logging limits on state forestland.
Wolf compensation bill clears initial hurdle
Wolf compensation bill clears initial hurdle
A bill that would increase compensation for livestock losses based on Oregon’s wolf population has survived an initial legislative deadline.
Proposed Washington County rural reserve change dies quickly
Proposed Washington County rural reserve change dies quickly
A key lawmaker has killed off a proposal to eventually allow urbanization of 1,700 acres in Oregon’s Washington County that are currently in a rural reserve.
Kruse resigns over sexual misconduct allegations
Kruse resigns over sexual misconduct allegations
Roseburg Republican continued to deny the allegations of inappropriate touching while tendering his resignation Thursday
Pressure mounts as Kruse stays away from Legislature
Senate Republicans said Wednesday, Feb. 7, they decided to accept Kruse’s offer to stay away from the state capitol building in the coming weeks.
Lawmakers seek to close gun loophole
Lawmakers seek to close gun loophole
A proposed law change would prohibit domestic violence offenders who have been dating partners from possessing a firearm and would enhance information sharing about attempt to obtain a gun illegally.
Audit: State pot tracking, licensing system needs improvement
Audit: State pot tracking, licensing system needs improvement
Report says system could make it difficult to detect illegal activity
Forest Grove parents seek changes to hit-and-run law
Forest Grove parents seek changes to hit-and-run law
Legislators hope to plug a loophole that led appeals court to reverse conviction in girls’ deaths
Report: Sen. Kruse engaged in ‘unwelcome physical contact’
Report: Sen. Kruse engaged in ‘unwelcome physical contact’
The investigator’s report was made public Tuesday, a little more than three months after the first allegations of unwanted touching, made by a fellow state senator, came to light
Error reignites Oregon rural dwelling debate
Error reignites Oregon rural dwelling debate
An error in a 2017 land use bill would allow more “accessory dwelling units” on Oregon farmland, but lawmakers are being urged to correct the mistake this year.
Lawmakers wrangle foster care system changes, improvements
Unclear what Legislature can do to fix myriad of problems facing the foster care system.
Brown focuses on inclusive economy in state-of-the-state
Brown focuses on inclusive economy in state-of-the-state
The governor’s speech on the state’s skills gap kicks off the 35-day 79th Legislative Assembly

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