Author: Daniel Pearson - Gales Creek Journal

Oregon’s Rep. Peter DeFazio eyes national infrastructure bill, looks to use earmarks

United States Capitol. Photo: Chas Hundley Oregon U.S. House Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield), chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, told Punchbowl News he plans to introduce a five-year infrastructure and highway bill that authorizes a wide range of national projects.    What made this newsworthy prior to the . .[Read More…]

U.S. House passes $1.9 trillion pandemic aid bill

United States Capitol. Photo: Chas Hundley The U.S. House of Representatives passed early Saturday morning what many observers and lawmakers now call the COVID-19 Economic Relief Act, a $1.9 trillion pandemic . . . You have reached content available exclusively to Gales Creek Journal digital subscribers. Receive a 3-day free[Read More…]

Oregon Legislative News: Rep. Susan McLain on the challenges of legislating during COVID-19

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley Oregon House District 29 Rep. Susan McLain (D-Hillsboro) said the 2021 legislative session, which is being held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions, is, to say the least, a challenging year. Hearings on new bills in the coronavirus era still take place[Read More…]

Legislative news brief: Bills on landlord rent-forgiveness credits, right to repair, more

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley Senate Republicans introduced 16 bills presented as tax relief measures for Oregonians struggling in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing recession, now referred to by economists as the COVID-19 Recession, in March 2020.  The Office of Oregon State[Read More…]

ODF urges landowners to prevent beetle infestation in storm-downed Douglas Fir

ODF offices in Forest Grove. Photo: Chas Hundley The Oregon Department of Forestry says the 2021 ice storm, which brought down many large-diameter Douglas-firs across the state created the potential for an outbreak of the native Douglas-fir beetle. Christine Buhl, a Department of Forestry entomologist, said tree stands with pre-existing[Read More…]

Legislative news brief: Bill would bolster creation of mental health crisis teams

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley District 30 Rep. Janeen Sollman (D-Hillsboro) is one of three chief sponsors of a new bill, House Bill 2417, that would create mobile mental health crisis intervention teams and help cities and counties throughout the state establish teams of their own.&nbsp[Read More…]

Legislative news brief: Bills in the legislature regarding law enforcement

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley The Oregon Legislature in the current legislative session is considering several bills related to crime and policing, including one that would establish a commission to compensate people who have been wrongfully convicted. Here are just a few bills worth keeping an[Read More…]

Legislative news brief: Fight shaping up for Oregon timber industry in 2021 Oregon Legislative Assembly

The Gales Creek Overlook in the Tillamook State Forest. File photo: Chas Hundley//Gales Creek Journal A slew of bills in committees at the Oregon Legislature could reverse tax cuts for harvested timber that have been on the books for scores of years, and that observers say has kept nine counties[Read More…]

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