Jessica Bates of Vale sued the state in April after her objection to a gender-affirming rule prompted the Oregon Department of Human Services to block her from adopting two children. The federal court in Portland heard arguments in the case Aug. 16.
Author: Ben Botkin
AT THE CAPITOL: Bills to help wildfire response, expand health care access and prevent homelessness remain in jeopardy as neither side budges.
Republicans plan to challenge the constitutional amendment in court that voters approved last year to prevent walkouts from halting legislative work.
The GOP-led Senate walkout continued on Tuesday, May 23. The Republican lawmakers offered to return to the floor June 25, the final day of the session, to advance some bills – but that proposal got a chilly response.
Gov. Tina Kotek met with Republicans and Democrats on Monday but neither side reported progress with the GOP-led Senate walkout in its 14th day.
AT THE CAPITOL: Talks between the two sides have stalled, with Republican leaders accusing Democrats of lacking good faith. State Sen. Lynn Findley, Republican from Vale, was part of the walkout.
Republicans leading the walkout from the Oregon Senate complain that bills fail to follow a readability law.
Secretary of State Shemia Fagan, a Democrat, is being paid by a cannabis company for consulting, which the agency says is legal though it appears to be rar
A proposal in the Oregon Legislature would enact a gun permit system as Measure 114 is tied up in the courts. The bill sparked debate March 27 in a Senate committee hearing.
The state will put the money toward data collection and supplies for community groups that work with people who have addictions.