Author: Daniel Pearson - Gales Creek Journal

Legislative news briefs: Redistricting deadline looms, Gales Creek’s representative sponsors education bills

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley The Oregon Legislature is in danger of being cut out of the process of drawing up new legislative and congressional voting districts because 2020 U.S. Census Bureau data likely won’t be available until after July 1 — it was supposed to[Read More…]

Newly-elected House District 32 Oregon House Rep. Suzanne Weber appointed to House Committee on Education

Suzanne Weber. Photo courtesy of the Suzanne Weber campaign Newly sworn-in House District 32 Oregon House Representative Suzanne Weber (Republican/Independent-Tillamook) has been appointed by Speaker of the House Tina Kotek (D-Portland) to the position of vice-chair of the House Committee on Education. Kotek did not release an official statement as[Read More…]

Kotek boots Nearman from posts, fines him in Oregon House

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) is calling for the immediate resignation of Rep. Mike Nearman (R-Independence) after Capitol security cameras showed a video of the House representative opening a back door to the Capitol, allowing rioters to enter the building[Read More…]

Legislature passes COVID-19, wildfire bills during one day session

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley The Oregon Legislature passed a group of spending bills providing a six-month extension to the moratorium on evictions, allowing restaurants and bars to sell cocktails to go, financial relief for Oregonians following last summer’s wildfire devastation, and removing financial liability from[Read More…]

Commissioners approve funding for Washington Co. Sheriff’s Office body cameras

A Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy. Photo: WCSO The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted December 15 to authorize $1.397 million in spending through 2026 to purchase and deploy body cameras to the Washington County Sheriff’s 210 deputies, and to outfit 129 patrol vehicles with similar technology. A

HD 32 Rep. Mitchell says lawmakers committed to ending session tonight

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley Outgoing House District 32 Representative Tiffiny Mitchell (D-Astoria) called the Gales Creek Journal with an update on the proceedings at the capitol in today’s legislative special session.  Lawmakers are meeting in Salem today to vote on an $800 million spending package

New Year’s ‘first day’ hikes, whale watching at state parks altered due to COVID-19

The entrance to Stub Stewart State Park. Photo: Chas Hundley Two Oregon New Year’s Day traditions are being altered this year due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. The annual First Day Hikes event, started by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) in 2012, will take place without[Read More…]

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