May 27, 2011 eClips

  • Oregon Politics: a new bottle bill; Oregon hospital deal; lawmaker boasts about killing sea lions
  • As school supporters ramp up lobbying efforts, Oregon legislators consider increasing education funding
  • Supreme Court tosses lower court ruling requiring warrant to question children on abuse
  • Oregon GOP opposes cost-saving effort aimed at precinct committee elections
  • How Oregon’s bottle bill was greatly expanded in a legislative session made for killing bills– Blog
  • Former Oregon Rep. Denny Jones returns to Capitol at age 100– Blog
  • Over easy or scrambled? — Guest Opinion
  • Writing tests in today’s world — Guest Opinion
  • Oregon should pass the BPA-Free Baby Bill to protect children’s health — Guest Opinion
  • PERS panel discusses change in calculations
  • ODOT prepares for busy summer
  • House Democrats suggest alternatives to ‘kicker’ reform
  • Legislature passes bill to prefer Oregon products
  • Oregon Senate passes bill to honor fallen officer
  • Suicide bill advances step closer to being law
  • Democrats seek kicker tax rebate changes
  • A new tack on plastic bags — Opinion
  • Foreclosure sales drive Oregon market
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    OREGON POLITICS: A NEW BOTTLE BILL; OREGON HOSPITAL DEAL; LAWMAKER BOASTS ABOUT KILLING SEA LIONS

    (Portland Oregonian)Amid all the talk about bills dying in the closely divided Oregon Legislature, there’s a big success story in the passage of a big revamp of the state’s Bottle Bill. And that’s just the beginning of a full slate of political news. To wit:
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    AS SCHOOL SUPPORTERS RAMP UP LOBBYING EFFORTS, OREGON LEGISLATORS CONSIDER INCREASING EDUCATION FUNDING

    (Portland Oregonian)Even as school districts deliver layoff notices and hold final commemorations for closing schools, Oregon teachers, principals and other employees are lobbying legislators to tap deeper into reserves.

    And it just might happen.
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    SUPREME COURT TOSSES LOWER COURT RULING REQUIRING WARRANT TO QUESTION CHILDREN ON ABUSE

    (Portland Oregonian)The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a lower court’s ruling that Oregon authorities needed warrants to question children about sex abuse.

    A warrant for such questioning became necessary after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2009 ruled on a case involving a Bend girl, said Oregon Attorney General John Kroger.
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    OREGON GOP OPPOSES COST-SAVING EFFORT AIMED AT PRECINCT COMMITTEE ELECTIONS

    (Portland Oregonian)You would be hard-pressed to find a group of people who want to cut government spending more than the central committee of the Oregon Republican Party.

    But the party’s opposition has killed a bill aimed at saving on election costs by removing uncontested precinct committee elections from the ballot.
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    HOW OREGON’S BOTTLE BILL WAS GREATLY EXPANDED IN A LEGISLATIVE SESSION MADE FOR KILLING BILLS– BLOG

    (Portland Oregonian)This week’s passage in the Oregon Legislature of a sweeping expansion of the state’s bottle bill was a huge victory for the environmental lobby, particularly in a nearly evenly divided Legislature that seems tailor-made for killing bills.

    But, as usual, there’s a back story explaining how House Bill 3145 succeeded after so many attempts to expand the bottle bill failed in the last four decades.
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    FORMER OREGON REP. DENNY JONES RETURNS TO CAPITOL AT AGE 100– BLOG

    (Portland Oregonian)The last time I interviewed Denny Jones, it was 1997 and the 86-year-old rancher was wrapping up a 24-year stint in the Legislature. Jones was a tough guy, but he had just had cancer surgery and he told me the doctors decided to skip chemotherapy because of his age.
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    OVER EASY OR SCRAMBLED? — GUEST OPINION

    (Portland Oregonian)-Laying hens should be protected by legislation, not by stirring up voters with state initiatives-

    We’re shifting on our nest. We’re no longer comfortable with the position that lawmakers ought to walk away from a negotiated settlement that would, over time, give egg-laying hens in Oregon more space and better lives.
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    WRITING TESTS IN TODAY’S WORLD — GUEST OPINION

    (Portland Oregonian)Since the invention of the printing press in 1440, writing has taken on great importance in our lives. None of us can deny the value of knowing and reading about the science, history and math that very few knew before the 14th century. The question before us today is whether we should spend $3 million of our tax dollars on giving students a score on one writing sample each year and using that single test as proof of their writing proficiency.
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    OREGON SHOULD PASS THE BPA-FREE BABY BILL TO PROTECT CHILDREN’S HEALTH — GUEST OPINION

    (Portland Oregonian)Oregon is the bottle bill state, the wild and scenic river state, the green state — and, sadly, we’re in danger of becoming the do-nothing state. If we continue to allow partisan politics to trump action that would safeguard what we hold most dear, we’ll endanger what we value as Oregonians: clean air and water and a healthy environment for our children.
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    PERS PANEL DISCUSSES CHANGE IN CALCULATIONS

    (Salem Statesman Journal)-Employees would have to work longer for same benefits-

    The board of the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System launched a discussion Thursday of whether it should reduce its assumed 8 percent rate of investment return.
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    ODOT PREPARES FOR BUSY SUMMER

    (Salem Statesman Journal)-More than 100 road projects set in state-

    Oregon Department of Transportation crews are gearing up for more than 100 road projects across the state this summer.

    ODOT has planned the projects to be the least disruptive as possible.
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    HOUSE DEMOCRATS SUGGEST ALTERNATIVES TO ‘KICKER’ REFORM

    (Salem Statesman Journal)-Proposals likely will be discussed next session-

    House Democrats proposed alternatives to “kicker” reform Thursday that still would result in rebates of excess income-tax collections to individuals and small businesses.
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    LEGISLATURE PASSES BILL TO PREFER OREGON PRODUCTS

    (Salem Statesman Journal)-Agencies would get OK to spend more for in-state contracts-

    State agencies will be allowed to give preference to Oregon goods and services in public contracts under a bill that is headed to Gov. John Kitzhaber.
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    OREGON SENATE PASSES BILL TO HONOR FALLEN OFFICER

    (Eugene Register-Guard)A fast-tracked bill to honor fallen Eugene police officer Chris Kilcullen by naming a stretch of highway he frequently patrolled after him was unanimously approved Thursday by the Oregon Senate.

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    SUICIDE BILL ADVANCES STEP CLOSER TO BEING LAW

    (Eugene Register-Guard)A bill seeking to tighten Oregon law barring people from helping others commit suicide cleared the House Judiciary Committee of the state Legislature on Thursday, one day after the Southern California home of the only known distributor in the United States of so-called helium hood suicide kits was raided by FBI agents.
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    DEMOCRATS SEEK KICKER TAX REBATE CHANGES

    (Eugene Register-Guard)-The two proposals face opposition from Republicans, who view them as a tax increase-

    In a tenacious late-session move, House Democrats introduced two proposals Thursday to reform Oregons one-of-a-kind kicker tax rebate law.
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    A NEW TACK ON PLASTIC BAGS — OPINION

    (Eugene Register-Guard)-The proposal would set stiff recycling standards-

    Supporters of a stalled bipartisan bill that would ban plastic checkout bags in Oregon are trying a new strategy one that focuses on tough recycling standards for the plastic bag industry.
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    FORECLOSURE SALES DRIVE OREGON MARKET

    (Oregon Business Journal)Sales of homes in some stage of foreclosure continue to account for a large percentage of closed sales.

    According to Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac, distressed home sales accounted for 31.71 percent of all first-quarter home sales in Oregon.

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