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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…]

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…]

State plans to spend $400 million in Education Stability Funds for school funding gaps

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley An updated brief from the Oregon Legislative Fiscal Office originally released in May and re-released in September shows the state will spend $400 million of Education Stability Fund (ESF) money to pay for losses resulting from the COVID-19 shutdown.  State records[Read More…]

Oregon Worker Quarantine Fund established to aid agricultural workers

Roy-area farms, taken in 2015. Photo: Chas Hundley SALEM – A significant portion of COVID-19 workplace outbreaks are impacting workers at agricultural operations and businesses across the state data from the Oregon Health Authority shows.  And when an outbreak occurs and people are sickened by or potentially exposed to COVID-19,[Read More…]

Weber, Witt receive nomination from Independent Party of Oregon in legislative races

Suzanne Weber. Photo courtesy of Weber campaign The Independent Party of Oregon (IPO) announced it awarded the group’s nomination for Oregon House District 32 to Tillamook Mayor Suzanne Weber. A press release from Weber’s campaign said the nomination comes “in another nod to (Weber’s) record of nonpartisan accomplishment.” Weber, who[Read More…]

State Dispatch: Coronavirus updates, ODF seeks public input, election update

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley Coronavirus resources: CDC on the coronavirus, Oregon Health Authority resources, Washington County resources, Oregonian reporting on the coronavirus, OPB glossary of coronavirus terms, NYTimes free reporting on the coronavirus.  Coronavirus in Oregon: the numbers As of Wednesday, April 8, the most recently available numbers, the Oregon Health[Read More…]

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