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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 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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Oregon lawmakers approve $9 billion in school funding, a 10% boost

Oregon schools will get a major infusion of new funding over the next two years – and that’s before most of the money from a multibillion-dollar business tax hike kicks in. 15 more words

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Oregon lawmakers OK bill to beef up day care investigations

Oregon child care regulators will soon have the power to conduct more thorough investigations under legislation approved by the Senate on Wednesday.

Lawmakers gave the Office of Child Care new authority to issue subpoenas, take depositions, compel witness statements and require the disclosure of records during investigations. 14 more words

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Interior Secretary: No Oregon monument changes. But Trump has last word.

U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says he has no plans for additional changes to national monuments as recommended by his predecessor, Ryan Zinke. But Bernhardt says it’s ultimately up to President Donald Trump. 33 more words

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Opinion: Grand Ronde not the only tribe with Willamette Falls interests

As the chairs of four tribes in Oregon with interests in Willamette Falls, we feel compelled to set the record straight about the controversy over the construction of a modern, metal fishing scaffold at the falls (“ 64 more words

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OSP trooper shot 12 times honored at the White House for his bravery

An Oregon State Police trooper shot 12 times in the line of duty nearly three years ago was awarded a National Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor on Wednesday during a ceremony hosted at the White House by President Donald Trump. 17 more words

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