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Politics 'Your Voice, Your Vote:' Regulating and legalizing of pot in Oregon 'Your Voice, Your Vote:' Regulating and legalizing of pot in Oregon (Video)
Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden; Rob Bovett of Association of Oregon Counties; state Rep. Peter Buckley, D-Ashland; and Geoff Sugerman, co-author of the medical marijuana dispensary bill join KATU's Steve Dunn on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 to discuss issues related to local governments and whether they want dispensaries, and the legalization of pot in Oregon.
Politics Kitzhaber says he'll OK bill allowing schools to keep mascots Kitzhaber says he'll OK bill allowing schools to keep mascots
Gov. John Kitzhaber says he'll sign a bill that would allow Oregon schools to retain Native American mascots under certain conditions after state lawmakers addressed concerns that led him to veto a similar measure a year ago.
Politics Kitzhaber: Low-carbon fuel mandate will go forward Kitzhaber: Low-carbon fuel mandate will go forward
Unable to convince the Legislature to keep Oregon's clean fuels program alive past its scheduled expiration next year, Gov. John Kitzhaber says he's ordering the stricter fuel requirements to go into effect anyway.
Politics Compromise reached on local rules for pot outlets Compromise reached on local rules for pot outlets
The Senate Judiciary Committee reached a compromise Thursday on a measure that would allow cities and counties to restrict some aspects of how medical marijuana dispensaries operate, but the bill does not go far enough for those that want the authority to ban the facilities altogether.
Politics Oregon bill seeks to curb underage drinking deaths Oregon bill seeks to curb underage drinking deaths
The law would provide limited amnesty for those younger than 21 who seek medical aid for themselves or others for drinking too much. It would give protection from an alcohol possession citation if the evidence came as a result of their seeking help.
Politics Oregon Senate considers expanded background checks Oregon Senate considers expanded background checks (Photo Gallery)
The husband of former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly, appeared before Oregon legislators on Thursday to speak in favor of expanded background checks for gun sales, as Republicans contended the Democrat-proposed legislation is "political posturing" as Oregon's May primary nears.