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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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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Another oversight board won’t solve the problems at DHS

Another oversight board won’t solve the problems at DHS

SALEM, Oregon – Children in the care of Oregon’s dysfunctional foster care system have been anything but safe. Under a succession of Democrat administrations, the agency charged with the care of foster children has failed them time and again.

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Brown creates Child Welfare Oversight Board to address immediate issues in child welfare

Brown creates Child Welfare Oversight Board to address immediate issues in child welfare

Salem, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown today issued an executive order that establishes the Child Welfare Oversight Board to advise her direction to the Department of Human Services (DHS) so it can more effectively address Oregon’s child welfare crisis.

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Bev Clarno appointed as Oregon Secretary of State

Bev Clarno appointed as Oregon Secretary of State

Salem, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown today appointed former state legislator from Redmond Bev Clarno as Oregon’s Secretary of State. During her tenure, Clarno served as Speaker of the House and Senate Republican Leader, and she was also appointed by President George W. Bush as Director for Region 10 of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Republicans kick off Sunshine Week with calls for Brown to be investigated

Republicans kick off Sunshine Week with calls for Brown to be investigated

SALEM, Ore.—Sunshine Week—a celebration of transparency in government—comes at an inopportune time for the Brown administration. Republicans are kicking off Sunshine Week with calls for Democrat Gov. Kate Brown to be investigated and claim that her legislative agenda chipping away at public records access paired with a perceived cover-up could be grounds for her resignation.

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Brown Orders Flags Lowered To Half-Staff In Honor of Secretary Richardson

Brown Orders Flags Lowered To Half-Staff In Honor of Secretary Richardson

Salem, OR — Governor Kate Brown today ordered all flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, March 6, when members of the public and state government will honor the life of Oregon's 26th Secretary of State Dennis Richardson at the State Capitol in Salem. Flags should be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset that day.

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Oregon Leads 21 State Lawsuit Challenging Reproductive Health Restrictions

Oregon Leads 21 State Lawsuit Challenging Reproductive Health Restrictions

Salem, Ore. — Today, Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced they are leading a national lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a new rule that will significantly restrict access to reproductive health services and information for women and families.

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Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson Has Died Following a Lengthy Battle with Cancer

Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson Has Died Following a Lengthy Battle with Cancer

On Tuesday, February 26, at approximately 9:00pm, Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson’s courageous battle with cancer came to a close. Dennis passed away at his home surrounded by family and friends.

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Gov. Brown Signs Executive Order Creating the Oregon Wildfire Response Council

Gov. Brown Signs Executive Order Creating the Oregon Wildfire Response Council

Medford, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order establishing the Oregon Wildfire Response Council and named Matt Donegan as Chair. The charge of the council is to evaluate Oregon's current system of response to large fires, and determine whether or not the current model is the best possible way to defend Oregon from the threat of wildfires. The council will issue a report in September 2019 to make recommendations for the future of Oregon's wildfire response infrastructure. 

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Governor Kate Brown Issues Executive Order Establishing the Oregon Broadband Office

Governor Kate Brown Issues Executive Order Establishing the Oregon Broadband Office

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order establishing the Oregon Broadband Office within the Oregon Business Development Department (Business Oregon). Governor Brown's recommended budget includes funding to fully staff the new broadband office.  

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Oregon Could Close $623M Budget Gap Without New Taxes

Oregon Could Close $623M Budget Gap Without New Taxes

Today, the Secretary of State audit team and I released an audit showing that adoption of a statewide eProcurement system (such as OregonBuys) could have potentially produced more than a billion dollars in savings if it had been in use during the last biennium. If quickly implemented statewide, savings of this magnitude could close Oregon’s 2019-21 budget gap without raising taxes.

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Governors Commit to Protect Clean Air and Clean Water

Governors Commit to Protect Clean Air and Clean Water

Salem, OR — Today [11/1/18], five governors joined together to commit to protecting the federal Clean Air and Water Acts in their states. After announcing in October that Oregon would adopt the standards of the Clean Air and Clean Water acts, Governor Kate Brown is now joined by Governors Jerry Brown of California, John Hickenlooper of Colorado, David Ige of Hawaii, and Jay Inslee of Washington in ensuring the federal government cannot rollback the regulations that protect the health of future generations.

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Governor Kate Brown Issues Executive Order Blocking Offshore Oil Drilling

Governor Kate Brown Issues Executive Order Blocking Offshore Oil Drilling

Salem, OR — Governor Kate Brown today issued an executive order blocking offshore oil drilling off Oregon's coast. The executive order directs state agencies to protect Oregon's coastal economy by preventing activities associated with offshore oil and gas drilling.

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Brown Releases Plan to Prepare Oregon for Cascadia

Brown Releases Plan to Prepare Oregon for Cascadia

Governor Kate Brown today released a plan to prepare Oregon for the expected Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.  An earthquake on the Cascadia Subduction Zone could reach magnitude 9.0 or greater and create a tsunami that will devastate the Oregon coast. Governor Brown's goal is to prepare all Oregonians to survive and recover from the expected

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