AROUND OREGON: The sweeping drug addiction proposal reverses parts of Measure 110, recriminalizing possession of small amounts of drugs and expanding treatment options.
A sweeping drug addiction proposal is heading to the Oregon Senate for a final vote before the session ends.
OREGON NEWS: Police and prosecutors support House Bill 4002, but civil rights advocates warn that it would usher in Oregon’s return to the failed war on drugs.
Greg Smith formed a consulting business at the same time he entered the Oregon House. He recently reported his annual household income has topped $1 million. A new ethics disclosure requirement may reveal more about where that money comes from.
AROUND OREGON: Efforts to reform Measure 110 continue to advance at the Oregon Legislature with Democrats now proposing a new package of changes to a law passed by voters.
OREGON NEWS: Providers have “shovel ready” projects, and the Legislature allocated millions last year but the Oregon Health Authority has yet to make any funding decisions
An Oregon Senate bill would prevent districts from banning textbooks or library books because they include stories about protected groups.
OREGON NEWS: Legislators consider Gov. Tina Kotek’s plan to crank up housing construction in Oregon with infusion of state money.
In a hearing Feb. 7, Oregon lawmakers heard from a stream of people about changing Measure 110, which decriminalized some drug possession.
The new economic forecast, which arrived three days into the 35-day legislative session, prompted calls to boost spending on addiction response and housing.