Oregon lawmakers are considering how dogs are leashed.  A House bill would make it a violation to use a short leash or choke collar or to keep a dog tied up outside for an extended period of time.

The bill is pushed by a coalition of animal welfare groups but it could provoke growling over "nanny state" lawmakers.


Violators could face fines up to $1,000. In other news from Salem,   Oregon may swap statues with Washington, D.C.  A state House bill calls for a fundraising campaign to commission of statue of Mark Hatfield to be placed in the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.

Each state is allowed two statues, so one would have to move to make way for Hatfield, the former governor who served 30 years in the Senate. He died in 2011.

The Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/YcNPes ) the bill calls for returning the statue of Jason Lee to Salem. Lee was a missionary and university founder known as the founder of Salem.

Lee's statue has been in Statuary Hall since 1953 along with a statue of John McLoughlin, a fur trade officer and early governor known as the father of Oregon. His statue would remain.

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