Oregon cities and counties would be allowed to ban medical marijuana stores, but only temporarily, under a bill approved in the Oregon House.
A state House committee has approved a compromise measure that would allow Oregon communities to ban medical marijuana facilities, but only temporarily.
The Cover Oregon website claimed another high-profile victim on Monday when interim director Bruce Goldberg announced the healthcare exchange is parting ways with independent software developer Oracle.
Gov. John Kitzhaber is expressing pessimism about the ability for Cover Oregon to get its website fully functioning before the March 31 deadline for people to sign up for insurance under the federal health care law.
Oregonians began applying Monday for state permits to open medical marijuana dispensaries, even as the Legislature once again delayed voting on a bill that would grant local governments the power to forbid such shops.
Public employee unions and anti-union petitioners agreed Monday to a cease-fire on competing ballot measures, avoiding an expensive and bruising showdown between unions and business interests.
The state Senate unanimously approved the measure on Friday, sending it to Gov. John Kitzhaber.
Two bills move on: Oregon prison guards can keep guns in their cars during the workday. Out-of-state drug criminals' charges will follow them into Oregon.
A ban on same sex marriage in Texas, wiped away by a federal judge, and the right to refuse doing business with gays in Arizona, ripped up by the governor. Those are two big decisions in the southwest are still being debated in the Northwest, and set precedents for similar issues that could go before Oregon voters come November.
Oracle Corp. is pulling nearly two-thirds of its software developers from Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange project, even though the public still doesn't have access to the promised seamless, swift sign-ups for coverage, and key features are unfinished.
California Gov. Jerry Brown said he is not sure legalizing marijuana is a good idea in his state because the country could lose its competitive edge if too many people are getting stoned.
Monica Wehby, a pediatric neurosurgeon at Randall's Children Hospital, is among at least four other Republicans fighting for that party's nomination for U.S. senator during this May's primary. The winner will presumably take on incumbent Democrat Sen. Jeff Merkley in the November General Election.
Presidents of all eight public universities and multiple police chiefs oppose the bill, and more than 200 people protested against it on the Capitol steps Thursday.
State attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws in their states banning same-sex marriage if the laws discriminate in a way forbidden by the Constitution, Attorney General Eric Holder told his state counterparts Tuesday.