Politics & Government

Politics & Government

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Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown launched a wave of speculation in the state capitol Wednesday by abruptly leaving a conference she was attending in Washington, DC. Brown is first in line of succession to the governor’s office. The Governor and his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes are facing criminal investigations over allegations they used his office for personal gain.
Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman says a spokesman for Brown offered no explanation for her leaving the conference two days early.

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The Oregon legislature could pass a paid sick leave law during this session. The City of Eugene recently passed its own ordinance effective July first.

The Eugene City council this week discussed putting a hold on implementation of the sick leave ordinance in case the statewide law differs from theirs. City Councilor Alan Zelenka:

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The Lane County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to put the proposed vehicle registration fee on the May ballot.

Lane County voters will decide in May if they want to pay a vehicle registration fee to fund road and bridge maintenance in the county. If passed, residents would pay $35 per vehicle per year. Motorcycles would cost $20 annually. At a public hearing and meeting Tuesday, Kats Henry of Noti spoke against the fee.

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Eugene and Springfield have been sharing an Urban Growth Boundary since 1982. In 2007, the state legislature passed a law requiring the two cities to establish separate UGB's.  Eugene's Principle Planner Teri Harding speaks with KLCC's Rachael McDonald.

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Recorded on: February 6th, 2015

Air Date: February 9th, 2015

Challenges facing the county are the focus of the new Lane County Administrator, Steve Mokrohisky. He spent his first six months on the job immersing himself in issues facing the county, building his executive team, and working with commissioners to plan for the future.

Police Chief Mark Chase is back on the job in Junction City following a six month administrative leave. It was prompted by complaints within his Department, including low morale. The Department remains unsettled.

City Administrator Melissa Bowers says the leave sought to protect an investigative process launched by the Junction City Council and based on formal police officer complaints. 

Bowers:  “At this point the investigation process is concluded, and Mark Chase has returned to work.”

Re-Election Campaign

Oregon lawmakers go back to Salem Monday for the 2015 legislative session. Democratic Representative Val Hoyle was appointed to the Oregon House in 2009. Since then, she has been elected twice to House District 14, representing West Eugene and Junction City. She serves as House Majority Leader. Democrats have a majority in both houses this session. Hoyle talks with KLCC's Rachael McDonald.

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The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is on tour to gather input on how to license and regulate recreational marijuana in the state. Their next stop is in Eugene this week.

Measure 91, the recreational marijuana law passed by voters last November, directs the OLCC to regulate pot by 2016. OLCC Chair Rob Patridge says both industry and local government panels are fairly unified about their concern for edible wrapping.

Re-Election Campaign

The Oregon legislature goes into session Monday with a Democratic majority in both houses.

House Majority leader Val Hoyle represents House District 14 which includes West Eugene and Junction City. She says she wants the state to re-invest in education and expand opportunities.

Oregon Democrats To Push “Middle Class Economics”

Jan 30, 2015
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Oregon’s state legislature begins a new session next week. Job number one is crafting the next two-year budget. In the last election, Democrats strengthened their majorities in both houses and leaders say they want to boost education and other priorities that suffered cuts in recent years.

At a recent lunchtime City Club event in Eugene, Democratic Speaker of the House Tina Kotek said lawmakers are poised to enact changes meant to give a boost to workers still recovering from the Great Recession.

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