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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Bill qualifies Licensing for Military Spouses

Bill qualifies Licensing for Military Spouses

Salem, Ore. – HB 3030 passed in a unanimous vote on the House Floor on Thursday. The bill was chief-sponsored by Rep. E. Werner Reschke (R-Klamath Falls) who worked with Rep. McLane, Klamath County Commissioners, and Col. Jeff Smith, Commander 173rd Fighter Wing.

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Bill qualifies benefits for Sky Lakes Medical Center

Bill qualifies benefits for Sky Lakes Medical Center

Salem, Ore. – HB 2847 passed in a unanimous vote on the House Floor on Monday. The bill was chief-sponsored by Rep. E. Werner Reschke (R-Klamath Falls).

The measure expands the list of hospitals, to include Sky Lakes Medical Center, as a hospital classified as a rural referral center and also classified as a sole community hospital, and whose medical staff may qualify for rural medical provider tax credit. Eligible providers…

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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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Oregon Dept. of Education Graduation Rates Audited

Oregon Dept. of Education Graduation Rates Audited

Salem, Ore. - Secretary of State Beverly Clarno today released a report revealing that the Oregon Department of Education has fully or partially implemented only seven of 13 recommendations to improve Oregon’s near worst in the nation high school graduation rate. The recommendations were made in a 2017 audit overseen by former Secretary of State Dennis Richardson.

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Secretary Clarno announces State Board of Education Designee

Secretary Clarno announces State Board of Education Designee

SALEM, OR — Secretary of State Bev Clarno announced the appointment of State Representative Cheri Helt (R-Bend) as the Secretary of State designee to the State Board of Education.

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Greg Walden slams Democrat plan to allow government takeover of the internet [VIDEO]

Greg Walden slams Democrat plan to allow government takeover of the internet [VIDEO]

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) is continuing to call for net neutrality solutions that preserve a free and open internet for consumers without allowing a federal government takeover of the internet, as Congressional Democrats are proposing. Speaking in opposition to a Democrat plan to give the federal government near unlimited authority to regulate, tax, and control the internet, Walden said that the bill was a missed opportunity to bring real, bipartisan net neutrality protections to consumers.

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Clarno Takes Ceremonial Oath of Office

Clarno Takes Ceremonial Oath of Office

SALEM, OR — [April 3, 2019], Secretary of State Bev Clarno took her ceremonial Oath of Office in the Governor’s Ceremonial Office of the Oregon State Capitol.

“I am honored by the confidence you have placed in me in appointing me to serve as Secretary of State,” said Secretary Clarno in her opening remarks.

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Oregon House Republicans: Data Breach is the latest in disturbing trend of questionable DHS management

Oregon House Republicans: Data Breach is the latest in disturbing trend of questionable DHS management

SALEM, Oregon – Once again the Department of Human Services’ failings are making headlines. This time the department that oversees protected health information for thousands suffered a data breach. Yet, nearly two months passed before DHS revealed that its system had been compromised, exposing social security numbers, birth dates and additional personal information. This risks identity theft and other criminal exploitation of this data.

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Senate supports law enforcement personnel’s mental health

Senate supports law enforcement personnel’s mental health

SALEM – A pair of bills that passed in the Oregon Senate will help ensure individuals employed in law enforcement – an emotionally and physically stressful field – are psychologically fit for the job and that, once they are employed in the field, personnel are adequately supported by their employers.

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Oregon Environmental Protection Act Passes House

Oregon Environmental Protection Act Passes House

SALEM – As the Trump Administration continues to roll back environmental protections, the Oregon House today passed the Oregon Environmental Protection Act.

“Oregonians believe in protecting our clean air and water and preserving the incredible natural beauty our state possesses,” Rep. Ken Helm (D-Beaverton) said. “As the federal government rolls …

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Greg Walden: Americans deserve answers on Green New Deal [VIDEO]

Greg Walden: Americans deserve answers on Green New Deal [VIDEO]

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today called for hearings on the Green New Deal. Joined by 10 House Republican Committee Leaders, Walden said in a letter sent to Speaker Pelosi today that, “the Green New Deal would hurt Americans struggling to make ends meet -- the very people it purports to help. Worst of all, it could permanently put the American Dream out of reach for millions of Americans.”

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Greg Walden statement on proposal to delist wolves across Lower 48 [VIDEO]

Greg Walden statement on proposal to delist wolves across Lower 48 [VIDEO]

For years, I’ve heard from ranchers across our district who watched as wolf populations continue to grow, harassing and killing their livestock. This truly threatens their livelihoods. Today’s announcement from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is welcome news for Oregonians and people across the West who have been waiting for action to delist the gray wolf, after the…

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