Oregon legislature

Two bills approved during Oregon’s 2016 legislative session address sexual assault. One lifts the statute of limitation for first-degree sex crimes. The other puts procedures in place to process untested rape kits.

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The Oregon Legislature wrapped up this year's short session, Thursday, approving a last batch of bills dealing with housing, phasing out coal power, and raising the state's minimum wage.

Oregon Democrats left the short legislative session today (Thursday) with at least two policy changes to be happy about. Governor Kate Brown signed a law that will increase the state’s minimum wage over the next five years. And lawmakers were able to approve a bill that will phase out coal fired power plants by 2030. KLCC’s Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman.

Lehman: “That’s something that Democrats say will contribute to cleaner air, but Republicans say, ‘well, it will just jack up electricity rates, and coal power is going to stick around regardless of what Oregon does.’”

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The Oregon Legislature began its 35-day special session Monday, Feb. 1. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have different ideas about what this short session should and should not try to accomplish.

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Correspondent Chris Lehman talks with KLCC's Rachael McDonald about the legislative session that begins February 1st in Salem.

The New Year brings more access to birth control for women in Oregon.
One law allows pharmacists to prescribe oral and patch contraceptives to women 18 and over.

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KLCC's Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman talks with Rachael McDonald about a busy week in Salem including Thursday's release of emails from the last days of former governor John Kitzhaber's time in office.

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A longtime Oregon lawmaker has died. Ed Fadeley passed away Sunday evening of complications from heart failure. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert has this remembrance.

In the state legislature, Ed Fadeley represented the people of Lane County for 26 years. He started his political career in the Oregon House in 1960 then joined the Senate. He rose to Senate President in ’83 but lost the post to John Kitzhaber after two years.

Recorded on: July 17, 2015

Air Date: July 20th, 2015

City Club welcomes Oregon State House Majority Leader Val Hoyle, Oregon State Senator Lee Beyer and Lane County Commissioner Jay Bozievich to recap the 2015 Legislative Session.  Representative Hoyle represents West Eugene and Junction City, while Senator Beyer serves the voters of SE Eugene, Goshen, East Lane County, Southern Linn County, and Springfield. Commissioner Bozievich represents West Lane County including portions of North Eugene.

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The Oregon legislature has approved a nearly 30 million dollar taxpayer bond for a new wood products lab and other additions at Oregon state university. 

According to Thomas Maness, Dean at the School of Forestry, the project will add new classrooms and research facilities, including a twenty thousand square foot laboratory focused on utilizing Oregon's wood products for a growing global demand:

Thomas Maness: "Architects and engineers are really looking for a solution to build larger buildings than we currently build out of sustainable materials."

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