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Oregon farmers say they are having difficulty putting laborers to work because many of them can't get drive legally. Voters could approve a law in November to help with that. Oregon Ballot Measure 88 would create a four year drivers card for those who meet other qualifications other than proof of legal presence in the U.S. Opponents are worried access to drivers cards' will enable drug trafficking and encourage illegal immigration. Oregon Farm Bureau President Barry Bushue disagrees and supports Measure 88.

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.

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

Annual Sessions: Are They Working?

Mar 10, 2014
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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.

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.

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.

Oregon Considers Measure To Limit E-Cigarette Access

Feb 10, 2014
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.

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.

Oregon Dog Tethering Law Takes Effect in January

Dec 19, 2013
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."

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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