Hansell Wildfire Legislation Passes the Legislature Unanimously

Hansell Wildfire Legislation Passes the Legislature Unanimously

Salem, Ore. – Yesterday, Senator Bill Hansell (R-Athena), chief sponsor of Senate Bill 290, witnessed its ceremonial signing by Governor Kate Brown along with members of the Oregon Wheat Grower’s League. The legislation makes farmers, ranchers and volunteers immune from civil liabilities resulting from wildfire fighting efforts.

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Oregon House approves $1.43M for FFA

Oregon House approves $1.43M for FFA

Salem, Ore. – The House of Representatives today passed an appropriations bill that will provide $1.43 million for the Oregon Future Farmers of America. Rep. Greg Barreto (R-Cove) is the chief sponsor of HB 2444 that funds FFA activities throughout the year.

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Wyden Presses Forest Service on Misguided Policy Change, Backlog of Wildfire Prevention Projects in Oregon [VIDEO]

Wyden Presses Forest Service on Misguided Policy Change, Backlog of Wildfire Prevention Projects in Oregon [VIDEO]

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today raised serious concerns about a new U.S. Forest Service proposal to gut environmental rules for forest management projects at a time when there’s a serious backlog of wildfire prevention work.

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Bag police coming for retailers near you

Bag police coming for retailers near you

Salem, Ore.—Democrats are attempting to pass cap and trade—a crony scam that robs Oregon’s smallest businesses and consumers to give out subsidies to politically-well connected entities—but their attempts are starting to get turbulent, per the Salem Reporter.

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Crater Lake Klamath Regional Airport to receive $5.7 million in federal grant money for taxiway improvements

Crater Lake Klamath Regional Airport to receive $5.7 million in federal grant money for taxiway improvements

Oregon's U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, and U.S. Congressmen Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio and Greg Walden, today announced more than $16.2 million in grant funding for taxiway improvements at airports in Oregon - including $5.7 million for the Crater Lake Klamath Regional Airport.

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Greg Walden reacts to NBC News report on migrant children

Greg Walden reacts to NBC News report on migrant children

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) released the following statement following new reports that last year, 37 migrant children, ages 5 to 12, were left in vans overnight as they waited to be reunited with families at Port Isabel Detention Center, Texas.

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Merkley Introduces Bill to Increase Opioid Treatment Availability, Hold Drug Companies Accountable

Merkley Introduces Bill to Increase Opioid Treatment Availability, Hold Drug Companies Accountable

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of discoveries that the opioid epidemic is worsening due to the rise of synthetic opioids, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) today announced the Opioid Treatment Surge Act to fund a dramatic increase in treatment capacity funded by imposing fees on the drug companies that created the opioid crisis. 

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Governor Brown Appoints Rep. Michael R. McLane to Circuit Court in Crook and Jefferson Counties

Governor Brown Appoints Rep. Michael R. McLane to Circuit Court in Crook and Jefferson Counties

“It has been a privilege to serve in the House of Representatives and an absolute honor to get to represent my district,” says Rep. Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte). “I am looking forward to serving as a judge and wish nothing but the best to my colleagues in the House and Senate. I am grateful to Governor Brown for her confidence in me to serve on the bench.”

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Walden to hold a town halls at Lost River HS and Lake County Courthouse

Walden to hold a town halls at Lost River HS and Lake County Courthouse

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Continuing a series of town hall meetings across Oregon’s Second District, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) announced today he will hold town halls in Lake and Klamath counties next week. Details on the meetings are included below.  

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Special District Election Results, May 2019

Special District Election Results, May 2019

Just under 20% of eligible voters turned in ballots for the May 2019 Special District election. According to the Klamath County Clerks Office, 9119 ballots were cast in Klamath County. Some of the races included key positions in education, fire protection, parks, water services, cemeteries, transit, and 9-1-1. Two funding measures, one for Klamath District 911 and another for Merrill Rural Protection were also on the ballot.

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Kaylee’s Law Passes Oregon House

Kaylee’s Law Passes Oregon House

Salem, Ore – Today, the Oregon House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 576, otherwise known as Kaylee’s Law.  Named for the young woman from Bend, OR who was assaulted and murdered in July of 2016 by a Central Oregon Community College campus security officer, Kaylee’s Law clearly defines how campus security officers may appear so that they are not confused for official police officers. 

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Governor signs bill providing high-speed broadband internet

Governor signs bill providing high-speed broadband internet

Salem, Ore. – House Bill 3061 was signed by Governor Brown on Monday. The bill was chief-sponsored by Rep. E. Werner Reschke (R-Klamath Falls).

House Bill 3061 amends ORS 271 to allow municipalities to transfer property acquired from government entities to private corporations if used to provide broadband internet services to the citizens. It allows a political subdivision to waive and relinquish interest within 20 years of the transfer if such action is determined to be in the public interest.

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House Approves $9 Billion State School Fund Budget, Advances Student Success Appropriation

House Approves $9 Billion State School Fund Budget, Advances Student Success Appropriation

Salem, Ore. – The Oregon House of Representatives approved a $9 billion budget for K-12 schools and advanced the nearly $1 billion appropriation bill for the Student Success Act. Combined, this legislation will help transform Oregon’s public schools into a model system that will give every student the opportunity to succeed.

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Flags ordered to half-staff in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day

Flags ordered to half-staff in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day

Governor Kate Brown orders all flags at public institutions throughout Oregon be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, May 15 in observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day.  This comes after President Donald J. Trump issues a proclamation on Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, 2019.

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Walden introduces bill to improve forest management, reduce wildfire risk in Oregon

Walden introduces bill to improve forest management, reduce wildfire risk in Oregon

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As Oregon faces a rapidly approaching wildfire season, Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today introduced legislation to improve forest management and reduce the risk of catastrophic fires in the state. Walden, joined by a group of 18 lawmakers, authored the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2019, which would make significant reforms to forest management policy across Oregon’s federal lands.

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Senators Introduce ‘Choose Medicare Act’ to Make Medicare Available to Everyone

Senators Introduce ‘Choose Medicare Act’ to Make Medicare Available to Everyone

Washington D.C. –  U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and 13 additional Senators, introduced the Choose Medicare Act to give every individual who is not already eligible for Medicaid or Medicare the opportunity to enroll in Medicare as an individual. The Choose Medicare Act also gives every employer the ability to purchase Medicare for their employees. 

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