July 1, 2011 eClips

  • How did the Oregon Legislature change your life?
  • Oregon lawmakers close session, prepare for next year
  • Tina Kotek replaces Dave Hunt as Oregon House Democratic leader
  • State poised to tighten scrutiny of criminals who claim “guilt except for insanity”
  • Bill to transform Oregon health care passes in Senate and heads to Gov. Kitzhaber’s desk
  • Oregon legislators offer bipartisan praise for session; but not always for same things — Opinion
  • Contracts expire for state workers
  • Bills roundup
  • Legislature finishes on time, with a budget
  • PERS-benefit bill goes to governor
  • Winners and losers in the Oregon Legislature — Opinion
  • Legislature finds compromise
  • Education reform bills set Oregon on new path — Opinion
  • Kotek Unseats Hunt as House Demo Caucus Leader– Blog
  • Oregon Legislature Approves Big Medicaid Changes
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    HOW DID THE OREGON LEGISLATURE CHANGE YOUR LIFE?

    (Portland Oregonian)The 2011 Oregon Legislature adjourned sine die Thursday afternoon.
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    OREGON LAWMAKERS CLOSE SESSION, PREPARE FOR NEXT YEAR

    (Portland Oregonian)The Oregon Legislature wrapped up business Thursday, putting final touches on a no-frills budget and heaping praise on each other for what they called the most congenial, businesslike session in many years.
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    TINA KOTEK REPLACES DAVE HUNT AS OREGON HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADER

    (Portland Oregonian)Oregon House Democrats ousted their caucus leader, Rep. Dave Hunt of Gladstone, Thursday night and replaced him with Rep. Tina Kotek of Portland.
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    STATE POISED TO TIGHTEN SCRUTINY OF CRIMINALS WHO CLAIM “GUILT EXCEPT FOR INSANITY”

    (Portland Oregonian)Those pleading not guilty except for insanity in Oregon courts now may have to be evaluated by a mental health professional with a specific certification from the Oregon Health Authority.
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    BILL TO TRANSFORM OREGON HEALTH CARE PASSES IN SENATE AND HEADS TO GOV. KITZHABER’S DESK

    (Portland Oregonian)A bill key to Gov. John Kitzhaber’s plan to save money and transform health care in Oregon won final passage in the Senate on Wednesday night and is headed to the governor’s desk.
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    OREGON LEGISLATORS OFFER BIPARTISAN PRAISE FOR SESSION; BUT NOT ALWAYS FOR SAME THINGS — OPINION

    (Portland Oregonian)Thanks to the evenly divided Oregon House where power was shared, legislators of both parties were quick to offer a lot of praise for the session.
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    CONTRACTS EXPIRE FOR STATE WORKERS

    (Salem Statesman Journal)-Union members rally to address state’s ‘hardball’ tactics-

    Oregon state employees are working today without benefit of a union contract, and are likely to do so at least through July, according to a memo from state Department of Administrative Services Director Michael Jordan.
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    BILLS ROUNDUP

    (Salem Statesman Journal)Lawmakers completed action on these bills Thursday, the final day of the 2011 session, and sent them to Gov. John Kitzhaber:
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    LEGISLATURE FINISHES ON TIME, WITH A BUDGET

    (Salem Statesman Journal)-Lawmakers meet own deadline of 150 days-

    Oregon lawmakers adjourned their 2011 session Thursday, meeting their self-imposed limit of 150 days.
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    PERS-BENEFIT BILL GOES TO GOVERNOR

    (Salem Statesman Journal)A bill that would end a PERS tax benefit for future retirees who decide to leave Oregon is headed to Gov. John Kitzhaber’s desk for his signature.
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    WINNERS AND LOSERS IN THE OREGON LEGISLATURE — OPINION

    (Salem Statesman Journal)Now that the Oregon Legislature has adjourned its 2011 session, here is an early look at some of the winners, losers and in-betweens.
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    LEGISLATURE FINDS COMPROMISE

    (Eugene Register-Guard)-Significant reforms in the areas of health care and education come from the states Democratic and Republican lawmakers-

    When Oregon voters followed the national trend in electing more Republican lawmakers last November, leaving both of the states legislative chambers closely divided between Republicans and Democrats, some predicted a 2011 session marked by partisan gridlock and political messiness.
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    EDUCATION REFORM BILLS SET OREGON ON NEW PATH — OPINION

    (Medford Mail Tribune)Many worried that an evenly divided Legislature grappling with a $3.5 billion budget deficit and high unemployment wouldn’t be able do much about education this session.
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    KOTEK UNSEATS HUNT AS HOUSE DEMO CAUCUS LEADER– BLOG

    (Willamette Week)Oregon lawmakers brought the 76th Legislative Assembly to a close today at 2:50 p.m., 153 days after starting work.
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    OREGON LEGISLATURE APPROVES BIG MEDICAID CHANGES

    (The Lund Report)-Gov. Kitzhaber plans to sign the bill at Portland appearance tomorrow -

    The Oregon Senate passed legislation last night that imposes monumental changes to the Oregon Health Plan intended to coordinate care and reduce costs.
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