Oregon

The Country's Most Sweeping Paid Family Leave Policy Just Became Law

Oregon's policy, signed by Gov. Kate Brown Friday, guarantees 12 paid weeks of leave, extends benefits to non-traditional family members and guarantees wages for low-income workers, among other things.

Oregon Marijuana Surplus a Cautionary Tale for Other States

The state has enough marijuana to satisfy buyers for more than six years.

Oregon’s Single-Family Zoning Ban Was a ‘Long Time Coming’

The state’s new upzoning bill would be historic. But Oregon has long been a pioneer in tight land-use controls that promote dense urban development.

A State Forges Ahead With a Controversial Plan to Control Pension Costs

Public employee unions have decried the pension measure as unfair, but Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and others have framed it as a needed step to ease the strain on government finances.

A City Considers Criminalizing Racially-Motivated 911 Calls

In Grand Rapids, Michigan, the city commissioners are considering an ordinance that would make it a misdemeanor to call the police on people of color for “participating in their lives.”

State Lowers Degree Requirements for Child Welfare Case Workers

The move in Oregon comes amid concerns about workforce diversity and recruiting and retaining employees.

As Congress Mulls Retirement Savings Shortfalls, New State Programs Get Attention

Initiatives in Oregon and other states are targeting people without employer-sponsored retirement plans.

Proposal in Oregon Would Allow Farmers to Sue GMO Patent Holders for Contamination

So-called "GMO contamination" occurs when genetically modified plants come into contact with non-GMO or organic crops, usually through cross-pollination.

How to Inspire Girls to Become Carpenters and Electricians

Male-dominated trades like construction, plumbing, and welding can offer job security and decent pay. A camp aims to show girls these careers are for them, too.

Tensions Flare Over a Proposal to Strengthen Public Sector Unions

Amid clashes with an activist group and fallout from a Supreme Court ruling, unions in Oregon are backing legislation that local governments see as “impossible” to fully implement.

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Surprise Medical Billing: Some States Ahead of Feds

Nine states have laws to stop unexpected, out-of-network medical bills.

How a Highway Widening In This City Could Lead to Congestion Pricing

Residents of the Oregon city known for its resistance to the car are rallying against a proposal to widen the interstate. Instead, some say the solution should be tolls.

Shelter Animals Become Official State Pets

To highlight the availability of adoptable animals at shelters, lawmakers in several states are giving them a special status.

Supreme Court to Review Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts

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Cracking Down on Fake Service Dogs

Twenty-eight states have passed laws penalizing people for misrepresenting their pets as service dogs, with two more considering legislation this spring.

Why Engaging Young People Is Vital For City Leaders

“Mayors are figuring out that if you do not have kids at the table ... you’re probably not a very good mayor.”

A Push to Rework How Buildings Are Declared Historic

The legislation, proposed in Oregon, would implement a public process for historic designation and provide tax credits for rehab work.

Why Eating Roadkill Makes Roads Safer for People and Animals

States are legalizing roadkill salvaging to feed communities and track animal migration.

A New Call to Scrap Portland’s Unusual Form of Government

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