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Oregon: Have A Gun License, Go To Prison, 300,000 Oregonians Would Be Felons

Oregon: Have A Gun License, Go To Prison, 300,000 Oregonians Would Be Felons Oregon – -( This week the Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee took 4 hours of testimony on SB 554, a bill designed to turn 300,000 law-abiding Oregonians into felons so that Ginny Burdick can leave the Senate happy. We need not reiterate just how sick this concept is. As expected, Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese did the bidding of his overlord, anti-gun billionaire Mike Bloomberg, and testified in fav...
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Small numbers of protesters gather at fortified U.S. capitols

Small groups of right-wing protesters — some of them carrying rifles — gathered outside heavily fortified statehouses around the country Sunday as National Guard troops and police kept watch to prevent a repeat of the violence that erupted at the U.S. Capitol. There were no immediate reports of any clashes. Security was stepped up in recent days after the FBI warned of the potential for armed protests in Washington and at all 50 state capitol buildings ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inaugu...
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GOP Lawmakers Boycott Oregon Legislature After Climate Change Bill Advances

(SALEM, Ore.) — Republican lawmakers on Monday boycotted the Oregon Legislature, denying Democrats a quorum in an attempt to doom a contentious climate change bill. Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick, a Democrat from Portland, accused Republican senators of “a dereliction of duty.” “These Oregon Senate Republicans are denying their constituents the representation they deserve and shutting down our democratic institution,” Burdick said. A legislative panel approved the climate bill earlier...
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Oregon Republicans a no show for education tax vote

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Republicans in the Oregon Senate were a no show for a $1 billion education tax vote, bringing the chamber to a halt. All 12 Republicans were missing Tuesday morning, denying the Senate a quorum. That means there weren’t enough people to formally move ahead with a vote. Senate President Peter Courtney […]
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Despite Self-Congratulations NW Anti-Gunners Haven’t Stopped Violent Crime

Efforts by gun control advocates in the Pacific Northwest haven't stopped bad people from committing violent crimes, while ratcheting down on the rights of law-abiding citizens. (Dave Workman) U.S.A. –-( “This year in Washington (state),” the self-congratulatory email from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America’s Washington chapter read, “our volunteers made their voices heard.” But those voices could not drown out the ten gun shots heard on a dramatic 911 audio released by...
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Oregon Legislature reaches settlement over harassment case

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature will pay $1.1 million to eight victims of sexual harassment and hostile workplace behavior at the state Capitol under a settlement announced by the state labor department. House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney, both Democrats, issued a joint statement apologizing to the “women who suffered […]
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Here are the bills we’re tracking this legislative session

Capitol building in Salem. (Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) We’re about one month into Oregon’s 80th legislative session. And while no blockbuster bike-related bills have emerged yet, there are still a number of things we’re keeping our eyes on. Here’s our list and a few notes about all the bills we’re tracking this session… Senate Bills SB 7 – Lower BAC Level – Overview Senate President Peter Courtney wants to lower the legal level of alcohol a person can have in their blood while opera...
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Lawmaker proposes lowering Oregon’s blood alcohol limit

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Data show that 11 people were killed in Oregon in 2017 in crashes involving drivers who had a blood alcohol level between the current legal limit and a proposed lower limit. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports state Senate President Peter Courtney has proposed legislation to lower Oregon’s 0.08 blood alcohol level limit to […]
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Aide to Courtney resigns after report on harassment

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A top aide to Senate President Peter Courtney has resigned, citing an investigation into workplace harassment at the Oregon Capitol that was “disruptive.” Communications director Robin Maxey, who stepped down Sunday, had worked for Salem’s Democratic senator for 11 years. In his resignation letter Maxey said a complaint made against him […]
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In push to save lives, Oregon Senator wants to lower DUI limit to .05

Chart from the NTSB comparing impacts of BAC levels. In 1983, Utah was the first state to lower the level of blood alcohol content that would qualify for a DUI arrest when they went from .10 to .08. Then Oregon followed suit. Now we’re poised to follow Utah again as the second state to reduce the DUI limit even further to .05. That’s the intention of (PDF) that’s been introduced by Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney, which is still in draft form until the legislative session formally beg...
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Commissioner: Officials ignored subpoenas over misconduct

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s State Labor Commissioner has accused legislators of ignoring subpoenas issued by his agency in its investigation of sexual harassment at the Capitol. The Wednesday court filings seek contempt of court rulings and $1,000 a day in fines against Senate President Peter Courtney, House Speaker Tina Kotek, Senate Republican Leader Jackie […]
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Sexual-harassment scandal reignites at Oregon Capitol

A complaint from Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian accused his fellow Democrats, Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek, of allowing a sexually hostile environment at the Capitol and not acting quickly enough to protect women from Republican Sen. Jeff Kruse.
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OR official: Statehouse leaders allowed hostile environment

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s labor commissioner has accused political leaders in the Legislature and officials in the state Capitol of permitting “a generally hostile environment based upon sex.” In his complaint, Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian said Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Courtney, all Democrats, and others failed to act quickly on […]
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Oregon lawmakers look ahead to capping greenhouse gases

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — With the short 2018 legislative session behind them, Oregon politicians are already looking forward to pushing a cap on greenhouse gas emissions during next year’s long session. Senate President Peter Courtney, a Salem Democrat, said at a news conference late Saturday with Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick, a Democrat from Portland, […]
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Legislative leaders ask for review of harassment policies

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The leaders of the Oregon House and Senate are asking for a review of laws and policies about workplace harassment at the Capitol. House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney, both Democrats, on Thursday said they had made the request to the Oregon Law Commission. In a joint statement […]
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Lawmakers advance tax proposal after removing breaks

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The top legislator in Oregon’s state Senate said he supports a stripped-down proposal to partially disconnect the state’s tax law from last year’s federal tax overhaul after legislators increased the amount of money the proposal would raise by removing breaks for individuals and businesses. Senate President Peter Courtney confirmed his support […]
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Senator disciplined over inappropriate touching allegations

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon state Senate President Peter Courtney says he has stripped Republican Sen. Jeff Kruse of all his committee assignments because of “ongoing workplace issues which Sen. Kruse has failed to resolve.” The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Courtney made the move Friday, describing the discipline of the senator from Roseburg as “unprecedented.” The move […]
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Oregon senator punished over alleged inappropriate touching

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon state senator was stripped of his committee assignments Friday because of “ongoing workplace issues,” days after a senate colleague said she’s been inappropriately touched by at least one member of the chamber. Senate President Peter Courtney took the action against Republican Sen. Jeff Kruse, discipline Courtney described as “unprecedented,” […]
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Distracted driving, Vision Zero, speed limits and more: Checking in on the Oregon legislative session

Lawmakers are poised overhaul Oregon’s cell phone/distracted driving law.(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland) Oregon lawmakers want to make it easier to hunt animals with your car (seriously), but they want to make it harder to use your phone while doing so. We’re just over half-way through the 2017 legislative session and it’s time to see how the bills we’ve been tracking are holding up. As you might recall, back in February we flagged nine House bills and nine Senate bills. (We’re also wat...
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TriMet lobbies for more freeways in a misguided ‘fix’ for Portland congestion

Don’t believe the hype.(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland) This is a guest post from former news editor Michael Andersen. The top executive of Portland’s mass transit agency said this week that the Portland region has four top transportation priorities, and three of them are to expand capacity of urban freeways. TriMet’s Neil McFarlane has inexplicably assumed the role of freeway expansion advocate. “These are projects we’ve known we need to do for some time,” Neil McFarlane told the ...
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Oregon Senate prez wants distracted driving penalties on par with drunk driving

Stop it. You’re drunk.(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland) The Oregon Department of Transportation has been beating a steady drum all year about one very important part of their approach to traffic safety: distracted driving. Now it looks like the Oregon legislature has their back and we could see a major change to the law in the 2017 session. According to a story in the Salem Statesmen-Journal Wednesday, Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) wants to significantly ramp up the legal c...
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BTA and environmental groups line up against bill that could boost bus service 42%

The proposed tax hike would be enough to upgrade20 bus lines to frequent service.(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland) A coalition of transportation and environmental groups is opposing a payroll tax that would create a massive boost to TriMet bus service. As reported Wednesday by The Oregonian, they’re doing so because the tax would fall flatly on both rich and poor workers, like TriMet’s existing payroll tax does. The main differences: unlike TriMet’s employer-side payroll tax of 0.7337 percent,...
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Legislature considering overhaul or elimination of Department of Energy

Democratic leaders in the Oregon Legislature announced recently they will form a committee in 2016 to consider whether to overhaul or eliminate the state Department of Energy. State Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, and House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, issued a joint statement calling for a 'full and open Legislative overhaul' of the agency.
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Peter Courtney warns of bloody political battles headed to Oregon ballot

Sen. Peter Courtney, D-Salem, as seen on one of the large screens at the Oregon Leadership Summit at the Oregon Convention Center on Monday. Senate President Peter Courtney, warning that Oregon faces the "most bloody political day in our history," pleaded for the state's leaders to come together to avoid a series of divisive ballot measures headed to the November ballot.
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The Big One: Will fresh quake fears shake loose cash for Oregon's Capitol?

Work to seal the physical wounds left after a failed legislative fight over earthquake retrofits to the Oregon's Capitol - exploratory holes in the 1938 building's foundation and walls - could start any day. But "saddened" advocates pushing to revive the $337 million project, championed by Senate President Peter Courtney , say they'll wait before admitting defeat - even in the face of new obstacles that threaten to raise costs and further thin their support.
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