Last month Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury made a bold statement during her State of the County by saying she wants to cut the homeless problem in half by 2017.
Oregon senators on Monday voted down a bill putting a two-year hold on the development of a hemp industry, a measure that was seen as prioritizing marijuana ahead of hemp.
Lawmakers have left Salem for the weekend with plans to return next week and wrap up the 2015 legislative session.
Schools would have access to millions of dollars for earthquake-safety improvements, but the state Capitol would remain vulnerable under a $1.2 billion plan for statewide construction projects that advanced Friday.
The fate of an Oregon bill allowing retail marijuana sales to begin Oct. 1 lies with Gov. Kate Brown.
The credits benefit film and television producers, lower-income workers and other groups.
House lawmakers approved a measure Thursday ordering schools in Oregon to make public the number of vaccinated students they have enrolled in their classes and to carve out those rates by each disease.
Some Oregon students could qualify for tuition waivers at community colleges under a measure given overwhelming bipartisan support by senators.
Gov. Kate Brown has signed the last of three ethics-related bills she requested after Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned amid an influence-peddling scandal.
Oregon Senators have passed legislation requiring a state agency to maintain a list of chemicals that are potentially harmful in children's toys and products.
Oregon lawmakers have resolved an impasse over the extension of expiring tax breaks that benefit lower-income taxpayers.
Gov. Jay Inslee signed a new two-year state operating budget just before midnight, averting a government shutdown that state officials had prepared for in case the new spending plan wasn't in place by day's end.
Even though the countdown is almost over to legal recreational marijuana in Oregon, state lawmakers are still dealing with two key pieces of legislation that set the rules for retail sales. Both bills are expected to pass, much to the dismay of one of the state's most vocal opponents of legal marijuana.
If the petitioners are found to have 1,000 valid signatures from registered voters, they can begin collecting the rest of the 88,000 they'll need to get the measure on the 2016 ballot.
He said there are strides being made by federal lawmakers but a big one is clearing the way for marijuana retailers to take part in the banking system.