Oregon

A State Moves to Publicly Disclose Information on Workplace Coronavirus Outbreaks

The decision by Oregon officials comes after scrutiny over outbreaks at a fruit company there.

Wisconsin Governor Abandons Trying to Negotiate Statewide Restrictions

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Survey finds black and Latino businesses not getting aid … Analysis says air pollution hasn’t decreased dramatically, despite way less traffic ... Researchers question if removal of key staffer will make Florida data release less transparent.

Ban or Regulate Kratom? State Lawmakers Weigh Approaches to Herbal Supplement

The American Kratom Association is lobbying lawmakers to adopt regulations that set ground rules for the supplement, which the FDA advises people not to consume, instead of joining six states that ban it as a controlled substance.

Lawmaker Proposes Harsher Punishments for Rioters in Masks

An Oregon legislator seeks to increase the judicial penalties for rioters who conceal their faces, saying masks make it more difficult for police to adequately respond to out-of-control protests.

This State Pays to Help Asylum-Seekers Avoid Deportation

In immigration court, a lawyer makes deportation much less likely.

Farmers Struggle as Hemp Harvest Winds Down

Many hemp growers won’t make much money, and some might go bust.

Busy Shipping River at a Standstill Until a Broken Barge Lock is Fixed

Thousands of tons of cargo are stuck on barges, as the closure on the Columbia River is expected to last until the end of the month.

Transit to the Trailhead: Bus Service in a Recreation Corridor Takes Off

Oregon’s Department of Transportation has seen strong demand among riders for buses that run between Portland and the Columbia River Gorge.

Dreaming Big for a Risky Hemp Crop

Many first-time hemp growers don’t have buyers.

Take Down That Dam: River Ecosystems Bounce Back As Removals Soar

In rivers big and small, migratory fish surge back to life as old energy structures are taken down.

Affordable Housing Push Challenges Single-Family Zoning

Other states also might end zoning that favors one home on one lot.

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.