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Legislators Unveil Plan to Fight Addiction

Written by George Plaven on Feb. 8th, 2024

Oregon lawmakers are homing in on a set of proposals to combat the state’s drug addiction crisis, including expanding access to treatment and reimposing criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of hard drugs.

The Legislature will consider House Bill 4002 during this year’s short session beginning Feb. 5. A framework for the bill was unveiled pu…

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Finding Common Ground on Measure 110

Written by George Plaven on Jan. 9th, 2024

Oregon lawmakers will be seeking solutions to fix the state’s controversial voter-approved drug decriminalization law when they convene for the upcoming short legislative session on Feb. 5.

The question is whether there is enough common ground to address the law’s shortcomings. Legislators’ goal will be striking a balance between draconian punishmen…

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Oregon’s Legislative Agenda: Drug Decriminalization and Housing in Focus

Written by Luis Ramirez on Dec. 13th, 2023

The Oregon State Legislature will reconvene in January, followed shortly thereafter by a Legislative Short Session. Measure 110, at the forefront after the controversial bill was passed in 2020, decriminalized the possession of small amounts of hard drugs including cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.

“I wasn’t in on the initial conversations, but I …

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Oregon State, wandering in the Pac-2 Wilderness seeks Legislative Help

Written by Rick Metsger on Dec. 13th, 2023

“Two can be as bad as one, it’s the loneliest number since the number one.”

Last week the President of Oregon State University and the school’s athletic director, came before the House Committee on Higher Education to plead their case for financial help in the wake of the implosion of the Pac-12 Conference. Left as roadkill by their ten conference…

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INVESTING IN OUR COMMUNITY – MARION COUNTY BUDGET COMMITTEE MET AND APPROVED THE FISCAL YEAR 2023 -24 COUNTY BUDGET

Written by Salem Business Journal Staff on Jun. 16th, 2023

On May 23, the Marion County Budget Committee met to discuss the $689 million Fiscal Year 2023-24 proposed budget. The Marion County budget committee is made up of three county commissioners and three citizen electors. The budget committee approves the budget and refers the budget to the Board of Commissioners for final adoption prior to June 30th. In pr…

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Legislature Working to Increase Construction Regulation Authority

Written by Mark Long on Jun. 14th, 2023

Construction bills in an Oregon legislative session are typically focused on prevailing wage,

apprenticeship, and public contracting. However, this year dollars in federal spending bills come

attached to their own set-in-stone standards.

Oregon legislative leaders are instead focusing their efforts on expanding state agency

enforcemen…

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Senate Moves Closer to Implosion

Written by Ryan Tribbett on Jun. 9th, 2023

The political stalemate in the Oregon Senate is showing no signs of breaking in time for a normal conclusion to the 2023 Legislative Session. If anything, leadership is moving further away from resolution by the day.

Republicans announced through a press release on Tuesday that their caucus would return on June 25 - the constitutional Sine Die - to pass “lawful, substantially bipartisan budgets and bills.” Democrats responded Wednesday with a press release of their own, calling the walkout unconstitutional and a power grab because it would give Republicans veto power…

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Legislature Working to Increase Construction Regulation Authority

Written by Mark Long on Jun. 7th, 2023

Construction bills in an Oregon legislative session are typically focused on prevailing wage,

apprenticeship, and public contracting. However, this year dollars in federal spending bills come

attached to their own set-in-stone standards.

Oregon legislative leaders are instead focusing their efforts on expanding state agency

enforcement powers and…

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Getting ready for takeoff: Salem Municipal Airport is five months away from offering passenger flights 

Written by Naomi Yanike on Jun. 5th, 2023

The Fly Salem Steering Committee, dedicated to restoring air service in Salem, Ore., has invested five years in overcoming challenges and delays to fulfill its mission. The initiative has made substantial progress in the last year through collaborative efforts between Fly Salem, the City, and TSA, securing an airline commitment and revising the passe…

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