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Oregon Senate passes PERS reforms in ‘hardest vote of our lives’

The Oregon Senate suspended its rules on Thursday to rush a vote on Democratic leaders’ plan to rein in public employers’ rapidly increasing pension costs. 61 more words

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Oregon passes gun bill

Democrats in the Oregon Legislature pushed through a gun control bill Thursday after they sacrificed a more sweeping one — to the ire of student activists — in a deal with minority Republicans. 29 more words

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Senate approves cut to PERS benefits

he Oregon Senate sent the House a short-term pension fix Thursday cutting public employee retirement benefits, a politically difficult vote for Democrats who say they were forced to choose between slashing benefits or letting employer interest rates rise. 37 more words

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Brown pushes to reverse cuts to OSP

Gov. Kate Brown renewed her call to better fund the Oregon State Police Thursday, after a state trooper who was shot 12 times was awarded the national medal of valor. 56 more words

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Editorial: Voters should get a say on death penalty

A bill before the state Legislature that would dramatically curtail the cases in which the death penalty could be applied passed the state Senate on Tuesday and now heads for the House. 57 more words

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Oregon students deserve better

If state Sen. Dennis Linthicum were truly listening to his constituents, he would have stood up for Oregon students instead of walking out on them when it was time to vote for increased funding for their schools through the Student Success Act. 42 more words

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Oregon lawmakers poised to pass paid family, medical leave plan 

As Oregon lawmakers count down to their June 30 go-home deadline, one of the major items on their to-do list is creating a new paid family and medical leave program. 44 more words

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