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State hikes individual, business health premiums
Rates on the individual market will increase as much as 14.8 percent depending on the insurer, while businesses will see hikes as much as 10.1 percent.

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Ethics investigation of Kitzhaber, Hayes to move forward
Ethics investigation of Kitzhaber, Hayes to move forward
Preliminary review showed “substantial objective basis” to believe they may have violated law.
Term limits would remove 25 legislators from office
Term limits would remove 25 legislators from office
SEIU analysis shows Democrats and Republicans would lose significant number of lawmakers under Initiative Petition 19.
Death of Oregon hemp bills considered “mystery”
Death of Oregon hemp bills considered “mystery”
Hemp legislation creating a research pilot program and a crop commission in Oregon has died despite strong support and no public objections.
Provider tax referral puts $333 million in play
Provider tax referral puts $333 million in play
If the referral makes it to the ballot, the parts of the law in question wouldn’t go into effect unless voters approve.
Oregon City resident launches effort to recall Gov. Kate Brown
Oregon City resident launches effort to recall Gov. Kate Brown
Arin Marcus sought to remove Gov. John Kitzhaber from office in 2015 for his alleged failure to intervene in Marcus’s child custody case.
Some Oregon farm bills quietly die, others quietly gain approval
Some Oregon farm bills quietly die, others quietly gain approval
While some of the most controversial proposals in the Oregon Legislature quietly died this year, other more-targeted bills were quietly enacted.
Oregon Legislature adjourns difficult session with mixed outcomes
Oregon Legislature adjourns difficult session with mixed outcomes
Transportation bill seen as a triumph, but no progress was made on PERS or long-term tax reform.
Timber company sues state over nixed sale of Elliott
Timber company sues state over nixed sale of Elliott
Lone Rock Resources claims the state breached an agreement with the company when it canceled its plan to sell the Elliott State Forest.
Legislature approves election dates for referrals
Legislature approves election dates for referrals
Three GOP legislators plan to file a petition to refer the so-called health care provider tax on the ballot.
Tenant protections bill dies in Senate
Tenant protections bill dies in Senate
The legislation began in the House as an effort to try to deter mass evictions and retaliation against tenants.
Oregon lawmakers approve state REAL ID
The federally-compliant identification cards will be required to board commercial domestic flights as soon as January 2018.
Bill to raise state smoking age to 21 passes House
Oregon could become the third state in the nation to raise the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18.
Transportation package heads to governor
Transportation package heads to governor
The 10-year plan includes hikes in the gas tax, registration and title fees and new taxes on payroll, new vehicle purchases and bicycles priced more than $200.
Oregon House passes anti-racial profiling bill
Oregon House passes anti-racial profiling bill
The legislation received broad support for its anti-profiling measures but drew controversy when Democrats added provisions.
Legislature passes bill requiring no-cost abortion coverage
The legislation would prohibit plans from imposing a deductible, coinsurance, copayment or other cost-sharing requirements on specific services.
Health care provider tax get closer to ballot
The tax package, signed by Gov. Brown on Monday, is meant to help offset the state’s increased cost of providing expanded Medicaid coverage.
House passes $5.3 billion transportation package
House passes $5.3 billion transportation package
The statewide plan raises new taxes, fees, to fund congestion relief, roads, bridges, sidewalks, bicycle routes and transit.
Senate approves audio recording grand jury proceedings
Senate approves audio recording grand jury proceedings
Oregon is one of only two states that still relies on handwritten notes for grand jury proceedings.
Suicide prevention bill heads to the House
The Senate voted 17-to-11 to approve bill to allow extreme risk protection orders for suicidal loved ones.
Special election, cost containment, bonding measures advance
Bill provides bonding authority to ‘buy’ the Elliott State Forest, provides for special election if health care provider tax goes on the ballot
Managing the transportation package will cost $115.2 million
Managing the transportation package will cost $115.2 million
Collecting the new taxes and fees, and managing the projects will require 60 new employees.
Lawmakers advance special election to budget committee
At issue is when voters could get a say on a $600 million tax to help fund the state’s Medicaid costs.
House Democrats renew call for more revenue
House Democrats renew call for more revenue
More than half of House Democrats have signed a letter that seems to threaten passage of a transportation measure unless the Legislature raises more money for services.
Freshman lawmaker seeks inquiry into rumor
Diego Hernandez denies allegations he created a list that ranked female lobbyists based on their looks.
Transportation package survives in committee, heads to House floor
Compromise $5.3 billion package eliminates several Portland highway congestion relief projects.
Lawmakers could vote Saturday on smaller transportation funding bill
An amendment to the bill would reduce transportation spending from $8.2 billion to $5.3 billion.
Lawmakers cut $4 billion from transportation package
Lawmakers cut $4 billion from transportation package
Under the most recent proposal, the state’s existing 30-cent gas tax would increase gradually over an eight-year period to a total of 40 cents.
Bill to require advance notice of work schedule heads to governor
If signed by Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon’s predictive scheduling bill would be the first statewide law in the nation.
Oregon has struggled to make money off of rangeland
Oregon has struggled to make money off of rangeland
Fighting wildfires have added to the cost of managing nearly 600,000 acres of rangeland in Eastern Oregon.
Tenant protections bill heads to Senate with uncertain future
The Oregon Senate Committee on Rules voted 3-to-2 Wednesday to send the bill to the Senate floor.

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