Oregon Legislature

Oregon Supreme Court will hear lawsuit from Senate Republicans who walked out

BY: - October 26, 2023

A group of Senate Republicans who want to run for re-election despite running afoul of a voter-approved law meant to curb legislative walkouts will get their day in the Oregon Supreme Court. The court this week agreed to bypass the state appeals court and hear a challenge from five Republican senators to Secretary of State […]

Building more homes is Oregon governor’s top priority for 2024 legislative session

BY: - October 3, 2023

This article was first published by the Oregon Capital Chronicle. After spending hundreds of millions in the past year to get people off the streets and into shelters, Gov. Tina Kotek and the Oregon Legislature say they’re focused on addressing the state’s underlying housing crisis. Kotek and the co-chairs of her Housing Production Advisory Council […]

Republican senators, state attorneys seek Oregon Supreme Court review of anti-walkout law

BY: - August 30, 2023

Five Republican senators and attorneys representing the state are seeking a quick resolution from the Oregon Supreme Court on the senators’ challenge to a voter-approved state law intended to block them from running for reelection after they ground the legislative session to a halt for six weeks. Last year, voters frustrated with Republican lawmakers’ increasing […]

Absentee Oregon lawmakers face disqualification from running in 2024

BY: - August 9, 2023

The Oregon secretary of state said Tuesday that Republican state senators who had at least 10 unexcused absences during this year’s session will not be eligible to run in 2024. LaVonne Griffin-Valade, who was recently appointed secretary, said in a statement she has directed her office to implement an administrative rule making it clear to […]

New bridge, higher tolls on the horizon at Hood River

BY: - July 5, 2023

Replacing the Hood River Bridge in the next decade will likely mean a near doubling of tolls this fall on the historic span linking Oregon and Washington in the central Columbia River Gorge. A study released last week concluded two toll hike options under consideration could generate the desired share of financing for the $520 […]

Tumultuous Oregon legislative session ends with historic investments, historic rancor

BY: and - June 26, 2023

With a few last surprise bill deaths, an ad hoc scooter race and many, many speeches, the Oregon Legislature ended the 2023 legislative session with a few hours to spare late Sunday afternoon. The 160-day session was marked by an historic six-week Senate Republican walkout that blocked progress on hundreds of bills with the constant […]