Politics & Government

Politics & Government

Rachael McDonald

A woman from Cottage Grove has filed a petition to recall democratic state senator Floyd Prozanski of Eugene.  A small group of her supporters gathered at the Free Speech Plaza in Eugene Tuesday.

Patricia Michaelson-Duffy says she's disagreed with many of Senator Prozanski's actions over the years, but the recent passage of Senate Bill 941 is what spurred the recall effort. The bill expands background checks for private gun sales. Duffy says it is an undue burden on law-abiding gun-owners and doesn’t keep guns away from criminals.

City of Eugene

The Eugene City Council will hold a public hearing Monday on its controversial Multi Unit Property Tax Exemption or MUPTE program. The city is shifting away from applying it to student housing projects.

The MUPTE program gives an up to 10 year property tax break to qualified developers in Eugene's downtown. It's currently suspended while the city makes tweaks. Denny Braud with the City of Eugene says two large student housing projects were among the last to take advantage of the tax breaks.

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The Oregon legislature is expected to vote this week on statewide paid sick-leave. Eugene has passed its own sick leave ordinance, but, the mayor has asked to delay its implementation.

The Eugene ordinance was set to go into effect July 1st. Mayor Kitty Piercy says, with expectation of a state law mandating sick leave, it made sense to delay the city's rule. The state law would over-rule Eugene's. Piercy says this way businesses won't have to go through the adjustment twice.

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The leader of the Lane County NAACP is protesting the recent proclamation by the County Board of Commissioners refusing to enforce a state law expanding gun background checks.

Eric Richardson says the timing and spirit of the proclamation that passed 4 to 1 this week is offensive, especially for those who've been affected by gun violence.

Rachael McDonald

Calling it an “unfunded mandate” the Lane County Board of Commissioners Tuesday voted not to enforce a new Oregon law that expands background checks for gun sales. 


Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden praised the end of the bulk collection of Americans' information under the Patriot Act during the legislative session Sunday. The U.S. Senate failed to approve a measure which would extend the ability for the National Security Agency to collect Americans' phone records and emails. Wyden also called for the Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act to enact additional reforms.

Corinne Boyer

A delegation from Kakegawa, Japan met with Eugene representatives and Mayor Kitty Piercy to renew their sister city agreement on Thursday. The mayors exchanged gifts at a ceremony held at Harris Hall.

The sister city agreement between the two cities began in 1979. This was the first visit to Eugene for Kakegawa Mayor Saburo Matsui. During the ceremony, Mayor Piercy said, "We support the development of communication skills and promote global understanding by sharing experiences through study abroad opportunities."

Lane County

Lane County voters strongly rejected a proposed vehicle registration fee to fund road repairs. The vote was 66% against and 33% in support. The fee would have raised $11-million a year.

Lane County faces a $9-million deficit in its road fund. The measure would have raised $6 million for county roads and about 5 million for city roads. County spokeswoman Anne Marie Levis says the outcome is disappointing, but the message is clear.

Updated 12:30am Wednesday, May 20

In the May 19 special election, Lane County voters soundly rejected a proposed $35 vehicle registration fee. It failed 66% -33%.

Lane County Commission Board Chair Jay Bozieviech issued the following statement regarding the failure of the vehicle registration fee:

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Oregon's congressional delegation has sent a letter to the Postmaster General asking her to reconsider closing processing centers in Springfield and Bend. The closures are slated for October 31st.