Oregon legislature

May 2014 Primary
12:50 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Cedric Hayden Wins District 7 House Race

Cedric Hayden is a dentist who lives in Fall Creek.
Credit Cedric Hayden

A first time candidate won the race to represent District 7 in the Oregon House of Representatives. Cedric Hayden of Fall Creek beat former Cottage Grove Mayor Gary Williams in the Republican primary. District 7 includes parts of Lane and Douglas Counties. No Democrat ran in the primary.

Hayden is not new to politics. His father Cedric Lee Hayden is a former Oregon legislator.  Hayden contributed to his own campaign and did a lot of fundraising and canvassing voters door-to-door. He says his priority is to bring jobs to the region.

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Politics & Government
12:32 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

State Representative Caddy McKeown Will Host Town Halls

Credit Billie Johnson

State Representative Caddy McKeown from House District 9 will host the first of three town hall meetings on Saturday at Coos Bay Town Hall. She will discuss the 2014 legislative session. She hopes to collect feedback and answer questions from community members. The meeting takes place tomorrow from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Details on the three meetings are as follows:

Coos Bay Town Hall
Saturday, March 29, 2014
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Coos Bay Fire Station
450 Elrod Ave, Coos Bay, OR 97420

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Oregon Legislature
7:14 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Annual Sessions: Are They Working?

Oregon State Capitol.
Credit Chris Phan / Flickr

Until a few years ago, Oregon was one of the only states where lawmakers only met every other year. In 2010, voters approved a plan for the legislature to meet annually. But as the 2014 session ended on Friday, some Oregon lawmakers grumbled that meeting every year isn't working out the way it's supposed to.

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Politics & Government
6:53 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Oregon's 2014 Legislative Session Winding Down

Oregon's 2014 legislative session, which started 5 weeks ago, is almost over. Lawmakers are wrapping up loose ends in order to finish by Sunday, or sooner. KLCC's Angela Kellner spoke with Salem Correspondent about last-minute political deals and the upcoming filing deadline for the May primary.

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Oregon Legislature
8:45 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Oregon Legislature Faces March 9th Deadline To Wrap Up Session

The Oregon Legislature must wrap up the current session no later than March 9. To get an update on what the Oregon House and Senate are still working on, KLCC's Angela Kellner spoke with our Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman.

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Oregon Legislature
7:34 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Oregon Considers Measure To Limit E-Cigarette Access

Justin Newman exhales vapor from an e-cigarette.
Credit Chris Lehman

Sometimes technology outpaces the government's ability to regulate it. That's what's happening with electronic cigarettes. Oregon lawmakers will consider a measure this month to restrict minors from buying e-cigarettes. The idea has broad, bipartisan support. But the details of the legislation are getting criticism from a surprising source.

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Education
2:23 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Oregon Schools Receive $8.9-million For Vocational and Technical Programs

Credit Eugene 4J Schools

Nearly $9-million in grant money will be distributed to 140 Oregon schools for career and technical training.

The 2011 Oregon Legislature voted to invest $2-million to bring back vocational programs to middle and high schools. The 2013 Legislature quadrupled the amount of grant money. In the previous round, $425,000 went to Eugene's Churchill High. Eugene 4J applied this time around, but did not get approved.

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Oregon Legislature
6:46 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Oregon Dog Tethering Law Takes Effect in January

Juventino Guijosa and his dog, Sisi.
Credit Chris Lehman

Oregon canines will be howling an unchained melody starting in January. That's when a new law takes effect that makes it illegal to tie up your dog too long. One volunteer organization is helping dog owners avoid the upcoming penalties by building fences to give dogs room to roam.

Juventino Guijosa keeps his dog, Sisi, on a chain behind his Salem house. She's a mix between a black Labrador and a chow chow.

Juventino Guijosa: "She's a very good dog. I like to let her spend some time outside here, and not stick her inside so much."

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State Agencies
3:13 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Oregon State Fair To Be Managed By New Council

Credit Oregon State Fair

Starting next summer, the Oregon State Fair will be run by a new 11-member council. It's the first step following legislation passed earlier this year to transition the Fair and Exposition Center to a public corporation.

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Politics & Government
7:41 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

"Grand Bargain" Passes Oregon Legislature

Oregon Capitol Building.

The so-called "Grand Bargain" has passed in Salem. Oregon lawmakers have approved all five of the bills on their special session agenda. The package includes targeted tax hikes and tax breaks, as well as cuts to pensions for some retired public employees.

Many of the bills passed with very narrow margins. And some lawmakers who voted for the measures said they were doing so against their better judgment. Here's Republican representative Sal Esquivel.

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