Vikki Breese-Iverson sworn-in today as State Representative for House District 55

Vikki Breese-Iverson sworn-in today as State Representative for House District 55

Salem, Ore. – Newly appointed State Representative Vikki Breese-Iverson (R-Prineville) was administered the oath of office by Oregon Secretary of State Bev Clarno this afternoon in the House Chamber.

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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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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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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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House Expands Discrimination Protections for Pregnant, Nursing Mothers

House Expands Discrimination Protections for Pregnant, Nursing Mothers

Salem, Ore. – Bipartisan legislation to provide pregnant and nursing mothers with added employment protections unanimously passed the Oregon House of Representatives today.

The legislation, championed by Rep. Karin Power (D-Milwaukie), clarifies protections for job applicants and workers who are pregnant, and ensures all Oregon employees are given needed rest periods to pump breast milk or breastfeed during a child’s first 18 months.

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Reschke Provides Summary On 2018 Legislative Short Session

Reschke Provides Summary On 2018 Legislative Short Session

By constitution, the Legislative short Session runs 35 days during even years (2018). This year, the legislature finished its business in 28 days — the shortest short session to date. The pace was quick and hurried. I’m glad I was able to accomplish good things for Klamath and Lake counties in this brief time.

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Senate President Comments on 2018 Session

Senate President Comments on 2018 Session

Statements by Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem). This session surprised me. I was worried that we were over-committed, doing too much. But we just adjourned eight days before the constitutional deadline. We passed significant legislation, most with bipartisan support.

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Legislature Adjourns Productive 2018 Legislative Session

Legislature Adjourns Productive 2018 Legislative Session

The Oregon House of Representatives adjourned the 2018 legislative short session, “sine die,” today. Over the course of the 27-day session, Oregon House Democrats advanced key legislation that will build a better future for every Oregonian.

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"Oregon is an Example for the Rest of the Country," Governor Brown

"Oregon is an Example for the Rest of the Country," Governor Brown

Governor Kate Brown today characterized the 2018 legislative session as a turning point for Oregon. With the federal government locked in a partisan stalemate and the White House mired in scandal, Governor Brown and the Oregon Legislature moved forward on issues that Oregonians care most about. Each of Governor Brown’s legislative priorities were approved by legislators, and the Future Ready Oregon initiative was broadly supported by several policies that close the skills gap between the workforce Oregon has and the workforce businesses need to fuel the state’s economy.

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Lawmakers vote to extend tuition benefits to Oregon National Guard members

Lawmakers vote to extend tuition benefits to Oregon National Guard members

The Oregon House today unanimously approved legislation extending tuition benefits to Oregon National Guard members. Chief sponsored by House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) and Representative Gene Whisnant (R-Sunriver), HB 4035 would align Oregon with the 49 other states that already provide some form of tuition assistance to Guard members.

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Reschke Co-Sponsors Tuition Assistance to Air Guard

Reschke Co-Sponsors Tuition Assistance to Air Guard

Representative E. Werner Reschke (R-Klamath Falls) released the following statement after HB 4035 passed the House unanimously this morning. Rep. Reschke is a co-sponsor of the legislation, which grants tuition benefits to qualified members of the Oregon National Guard. 

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Oregon House Votes to Protect Net Neutrality

Oregon House Votes to Protect Net Neutrality

With the Trump Administration set to rollback essential net neutrality protections, the Oregon House of Representatives today passed House Bill 4155, using the state’s purchasing power to protect a free and open internet for Oregon consumers.

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House Votes to Increase Transparency, Accountability for CCO's

House Votes to Increase Transparency, Accountability for CCO's

Oregon House Democrats passed House Bill 4018 providing increased transparency and accountability for the coordinated care organizations (CCOs) that serve Oregon’s Medicaid population.

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HB 4145a - Boyfriend and Stalker Gun Loopholes Passes Oregon House 37-23

HB 4145a - Boyfriend and Stalker Gun Loopholes Passes Oregon House 37-23

The Oregon House of Representatives today passed House Bill 4145A which closes the boyfriend and stalker firearm loopholes, providing critical safety measures for survivors of domestic violence and stalking.

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House GOP Statement on Cap and Trade Hearing

House GOP Statement on Cap and Trade Hearing

House Energy and Environment Committee Vice-Chair E. Werner Reschke (R-Klamath Falls) issued the following statement following today’s hearing on the HB 4001, Democrats’ California-style cap and trade legislation:

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House Passes Health Care as a Right Amendment Referral

House Passes Health Care as a Right Amendment Referral

The Oregon House of Representatives today passed House Joint Resolution 203, the Constitutional referral that would make cost effective and affordable health care a fundamental right.

Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland), a health policy expert and chair of the House Committee on Health Care, has championed the Hope Amendment for several sessions. This year, he introduced HJR 203 with the support of nearly 40 co-sponsors in the House and Senate.

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