Politics & Government

Politics & Government


U.S. Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley held a town hall in Eugene Monday. In a press meeting before the event, Senator Merkley stated that the Federal Government has a responsibility to take on the costs of fighting large forest fires. He says doing so will help end “fire borrowing,” which is what happens when the forest service stops all other functions and drains its accounts in order to stop fires.

Franziska Monahan

Oregon U.S. Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley met with constituents in Eugene Monday at the first of six town halls he is holding this week.

Rachael McDonald

Based on recent data, Eugene has the highest per capita number of approved licenses for marijuana dispensaries in the state. At their work session Wednesday City Councilors were unwilling to place a 1,000-foot buffer zone between shops.  

City of Eugene

This week, (Monday), the Eugene City Council adopted a new urban growth boundary. The state-mandated UGB adds land for 3,000 jobs in the Bethel area, two community parks, and a future school.

Recorded On: 7/14/17

Air Date: 7/17/17

What was achieved during the 2017 Oregon Legislative Session?  What was kicked down the road for the next session?  Democratic Senator Floyd Prozanski and Republican Representative Cedric Hayden will share their thoughts on what went well and what could have gone better in the 2017 Oregon Legislative Session.

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Three Oregon Indian tribes are closely watching legislation as it moves through Capitol Hill.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports on the Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act, which just passed the House of Representatives. 

Lane County

The Lane County Board of Commissioners Tuesday added policy language that bars its employees from using public funds to enforce federal immigration laws. The vote was a 5 to 0.

The Oregon Legislature on Friday finished a more than five-month session that left most participants with mixed emotions.

Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, told his colleagues "they would be remembered for doing pretty good things in an extraordinarily difficult time when everyone is divided."

Courtney gaveled the Senate into adjournment at 11:58 a.m. on the 157th day of the session after deciding not to wait for the House to finish.

The House was still debating a series of hot-button issues and did not adjourn until 3:26 p.m.

Franziska Monahan

Wednesday morning in Eugene U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Congressman Peter DeFazio rallied with citizens against the GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. 

Rachael McDonald

U.S. Democratic Senator Ron Wyden is in Oregon this week while the Senate is on break. He stopped by the KLCC studios Wednesday morning. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald asked him about a wide range of issues including President Trump’s upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Germany.