Oregon

Governors in Brief - November 20 2017 | 11-17-2017

RAUNER SIGNS TWO IL ANTI-HARASSMENT BILLS : ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed two measures last week aimed at curbing sexual harassment in the Prairie State statehouse. The measures require all lawmakers, lobbyists and state employees to undergo...

Governors in Brief - November 13 2017 | 11-10-2017

BROWN ISSUES OR CLEAN ENERGY ORDERS : Saying “economic development and environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive goals,” OREGON Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed two executive orders that collectively take steps to increase the use...

States Preparing for Legal Sports Betting | 11-10-2017

Thirteen states have introduced and three have passed legislation this year dealing with the legalization of sports betting, currently prohibited in all but a handful of states by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) passed by Congress...

Sexual Harassment Prevalent Problem in Statehouses | 11-03-2017

Incidents of sexual harassment or sexual assault involving female state lawmakers, legislative staff or lobbyists have been reported recently in at least 16 states. The legislatures in all of those states have training programs or policies in place to...

Lawmakers Look to End Harassment Under the Dome | 11-03-2017

What started as a flood of allegations of sexual harassment and assault against powerful Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has morphed into an ever-widening outcry against such outrages regularly committed by men in all workplaces, including statehouses...

Budgets In Brief - October 23 2017 | 10-20-2017

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FREES UP CHIP MONEY FOR FIVE STATES Since Congress failed to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), providing health care for children from low-income families that don’t qualify for Medicaid, the Trump...

Governors In Brief - October 16 2017 | 10-13-2017

VT GOV ISSUES CYBER SECURITY ORDER Saying his state needed to do more to address cyber security, VERMONT Gov. Phil Scott (R) issued Executive Order 18-17 to create the Governor's Cyber Security Advisory Team, a group tasked with developing a plan...

Politics In Brief - October 2 2017 | 09-29-2017

DHS CONTACTS STATES ABOUT 2016 ELECTION HACKING The Department of Homeland Security directly notified election officials in 21 states last month that they had been targeted by hackers connected to the Russian government during the 2016 election campaign...

Crime & Punishment - August 21 2017 | 08-18-2017

Crime In Florida A FLORIDA court rules that lawmakers overstepped their authority when they endorsed legislation broadening the Sunshine State’s “stand your ground” law that allows residents to use lethal force in self-defense. Miami...

Health & Science - August 21 2017 | 08-18-2017

Health In The U.S. The Trump administration announces it will continue to make reimbursement payments to health insurance companies to help subsidize insurance co-payments and deductibles for low-income and moderate-income Americans who buy health...

Social Policy - August 21 2017 | 08-18-2017

Texas Fails To Endorse SB 6 In a special session, the TEXAS House fails to endorse SB 6 , which would have required residents to use the bathroom that matches their genetic makeup at birth. It is the second time this year the Lone Star State House...

Business - August 14 2017 | 08-11-2017

New Jersey Signs AB 3896 NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs AB 3896 , which makes it illegal to sell unsafe used tires in the Garden State. Violators face a fine of $500 (NEW BRUNSWICK TODAY). Oregon Signs SB 828 OREGON Gov. Kate Brown...

Health & Science - August 14 2017 | 08-11-2017

Alaska Signs SB 83 ALASKA Gov. Bill Walker (I) signs SB 83 , which allows the state’s Adult Protective Services agency to use videoconferencing technology in rural communities to serve adults. Walker also signs HB 108 , which allows fiduciaries...

More States Now Protect Against ‘Balance Billing’ | 08-11-2017

As of January of this year, 21 states had enacted legislation or regulations providing at least some direct consumer protection from balance billing, the practice among out-of-network healthcare providers of billing patients when the patients’ insurance...

Politics In Brief - August 7 2017 | 08-04-2017

CONGRESSWOMAN JOINS CROWD SEEKING TN GOVERNORSHIP U.S. Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), announced this week she will run for governor of TENNESSEE . Black has served as chairwoman of the House Budget Committee, where she has been a strong advocate for cutting...

Budgets In Brief - July 17 2017 | 07-14-2017

IL TAX HIKE WILL IMPACT WI The tax increase that finally allowed ILLINOIS to pass a state budget this month will cost neighboring WISCONSIN , which is facing its own budget impasse, $51 million, according to the state’s nonpartisan Legislative...

Education - July 10 2017 | 07-07-2017

Oregon Approves HB 3454 The OREGON Senate unanimously approves HB 3454 , a bill that would require public schools to provide lunch to all students regardless of their ability to pay. The bill, which would also bar those institutions from practicing...

Health & Science - July 10 2017 | 07-07-2017

Oregon Approves HB 3391 The OREGON House approves HB 3391 , which would require health insurers to cover abortion and post-natal services at no cost and ensure all health policies include the 10 essential health benefits currently required under the...

Immigration - July 10 2017 | 07-07-2017

Oregon Approves SB 558 The OREGON Senate approves SB 558 , which would extend health care coverage under the state’s Medicaid program to an estimated 15,000 children in the state who otherwise would be prohibited from signing up because they...

Budgets Late In Many States | 07-07-2017

Ten states started the 2018 fiscal year on July 1 without a budget in place, according to the Tax Foundation. A partial government shutdown in one of those states, Maine, ended on the 4th of July when Gov. Paul LePage (R) signed a budget compromise eliminating...

Business - July 3 2017 | 06-30-2017

Oregon Approves SB 828 The OREGON House approves SB 828 , which would require employers in the retail, food service and hospitality industries and with at least 500 workers worldwide to provide workers with an estimated schedule seven days before the...

Governors In Brief - July 3 2017 | 06-30-2017

Cuomo, NY Lawmakers Reach ‘Buy American’ Deal After previous failures, NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has reached a deal with Empire State legislative leaders on a bill that would require that certain state agencies require the use of American...

Social Policy - June 12 2017 | 06-09-2017

Social Policy In Deleware The DELAWARE House approves legislation that codifies the right of women to obtain an abortion. It moves to Gov. John Carney (D), who has said he will sign it into law (NEWS JOURNAL [WILMINGTON]). Oregon Signs HB 2673 ...

More Govs Join Climate Alliance | 06-09-2017

Nine more states last week joined the newly-created U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition to uphold the tenets of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, an international coalition aimed at combatting the impacts of global climate change. The coalition was formed...

Business - June 5 2017 | 06-02-2017

California Approves AB 168 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves AB 168 , so-called “gender equity” legislation that would bar Golden State employers from asking job applicants about their salary history. It moves to the Senate (SACRAMENTO BEE...

Social Policy - June 5 2017 | 06-02-2017

Nevada Signs SB 201 NEVADA Gov. Brian Sandoval(R) signs SB 201 , which makes it illegal for a physician or other health professional to perform so-called gay conversion therapy, which seeks to change the sexual orientation of patients, on individuals...

Effort to Establish Impeachment Process Appears Doomed In OR | 06-02-2017

Oregon is the only state in the nation that doesn’t have a process to impeach and remove its governor from office. Last month the state’s Democrat-controlled House overwhelmingly passed a resolution that would ask voters to approve one. HJR...

States Pushing Ahead With Private Sector Pension Plans | 06-02-2017

Undaunted by opposition from Wall Street, Congress and the Trump administration – or by potential litigation down the road – a growing number of states are moving forward with implementing state-run pension plans for millions of private-sector...

Politics In Brief - May 15 2017 | 05-12-2017

Congress Blocks State Retirement Plans Congress voted to eliminate an Obama-administration rule removing regulatory hurdles obstructing states from creating retirement programs for workers who don’t have access to retirement plans through their...

Health & Science - May 8 2017 | 05-04-2017

Oregon Approves SB 719 The OREGON Senate approves SB 719 , which would establish a process for a judge to issue an “extreme risk protection order” if a person is found by clear and convincing evidence to pose a risk of suicide or threat...

Environment - May 1 2017 | 04-28-2017

Oregon Approves HB 3158 The OREGON House approves HB 3158 , which would award “preference points” to Beaver State hunters who provide law enforcement with detailed information that can help prosecute poachers. The points could be applied...

Business - April 17 2017 | 04-14-2017

West Virginia Approves HB 3093 The WEST VIRGINIA House gives final approval to HB 3093 , which would allow communities to form ”internet co-ops” that would work together with a service provider to become their community’s own provider...

Business - April 10 2017 | 04-07-2017

Business In Indiana The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals rules that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay and lesbian employees from workplace discrimination, the first time a federal appellate court has come to that conclusion. The ruling from the...

Opioid Overdose Rates Up and Rising in States | 03-31-2017

Between 2014 and 2015 death rates due to opioid overdose rose by over 25 percent - more than twice the national average (11 percent) - in five states and the District of Columbia. The five states with the highest opioid death rates in 2015 were West Virginia...

New York And Florida Agencies Top Cybersecurity Rankings | 02-10-2017

The New York State Education Department, Florida Governor and Wisconsin Government were the state entities with the strongest cybersecurity standards of 600 local, state and federal government organizations analyzed and ranked in February 2016 by the...

OH, SNAP! | 01-13-2017

Nobody can ever claim that Mark Callahan isn’t persistent. Since 2009 the Oregon Republican has run for numerous offices big and small, from the presidency to a local community college board, some of them many times over. To date, he has won exactly...

Handful of Democrat-Led States to Oppose Trump Policies | 01-13-2017

California and New York are “emerging as the East and West Coast headquarters” of the Democratic resistance to immigration and other policies proposed by Republican President-elect Donald Trump that are opposed by progressives, according to...

Governors In Brief - December 19 2016 | 12-16-2016

Board Denies Funds for OR Women’s Prison The OREGON Emergency Board rejected a plea by state correction officials for $3.8 million to help re-open the Oregon State Penitentiary Minimum in Salem to augment the state’s only current women’s...

Majority of States Have Expanded Medicaid Under ACA | 12-16-2016

Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid in accordance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but left to states discretion by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius in...

Politics In Brief - November 21 2016 | 11-18-2016

Western States Ponder Secession Days after the election of Donald Trump as president, two Oregonians submitted a petition for a 2018 ballot initiative providing for OREGON’s secession from the United States. A number of Californians have voiced...

Governors In Brief - November 14 2016 | 11-11-2016

Oregon Elects First LGBTQ Governor OREGON Gov. Kate Brown’s (D) re-election marks the first time an openly LGBTQ person has been elected governor in any state. Brown is bi-sexual. She was looking to fill out the remainder of former Gov. John...

Citizen Initiatives Push Ballot Measures Left This Year | 10-14-2016

In addition to state legislative elections that could flip party control of 18 chambers across the country, 157 statewide ballot measures will also be contested in 35 states on Nov. 8. The measures include an unusually high number of citizen initiatives...

Crime & Punishment - October 17 2016 | 10-14-2016

Crime In Oregon The OREGON Supreme Court rules that the practice of Beaver State police and postal authorities conducting warrantless searches of mail they suspect of containing illegal drugs is unconstitutional (EUGENE REGISTER-GUARD).

‘Motor Voter’ Could Have Big Impact On Elections | 09-30-2016

Voter ID laws have drawn a lot of attention in recent years, but “motor voter” laws could have a much bigger impact on elections, given that at least 35 million eligible voters are not registered. “Registration is one of the biggest...

Budgets In Brief - September 19 2016 | 09-16-2016

Suspicious Tax Credits in OR An independent audit of renewable-energy projects that received Business Energy Tax Credits in OREGON uncovered enough circumstantial evidence to refer 79 of the projects - one in four, representing $340 million of the...

Public Pension Return Rates Lagging In States | 08-19-2016

Investment returns for large public pension plans in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015 were significantly lower than the plans’ assumed rates of return, according to money management news source Pensions & Investments . The one-year return...

Business - August 15 2016 | 08-12-2016

Business In NJ The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules that a 2014 NEW JERSEY law allowing sports betting at casinos and racetracks violated the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 1992 federal law prohibiting the practice in all...

Budgets In Brief - August 8 2016 | 08-05-2016

OR Pension Costs Going Up Public employers across OREGON will have to pay $885 million more than expected in the next biennium to support the state's public pension system. The 10-percent increase over the previous forecast and 44-percent jump...

Texas et al Win Challenge To Obama Immigration Policy | 07-15-2016

Twenty-five states joined Texas in challenging President Obama’s executive actions on immigration policy in November 2014, expanding temporary relief from deportation for undocumented immigrants. Fifteen states also filed amicus, or “friend...

Obamacare premium increases to vary widely across states in 2017 | 06-10-2016

Premium increases for the most popular category of health insurance plans under Obamacare will vary widely in 2017, based on analysis of proposed rate filings for eight states where complete data is available by Avalere Health. The average proposed rate...