State Representative Deborah Boone reports that several of her bills are progressing through the Oregon House this session. HB 2182, which would designate September 27th as the First Responder Appreciation Day, received unanimous support on the House Floor, and is now on the Senate side
State representative Bill Witt reports that his Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee saw a great deal of participation at hearings last week largely because the subject matter dealing with genetically engineered (GE) salmon is both timely and controversial. Witt says Four bills have been introduced: HB 2175, HB2532, HB 3177 and HB 2530, one of which pertains to genetically modified foods in general, but the other three focus on how this practice might affect the salmon industry in Oregon.
Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley issued the following statement after the Senate passed his amendment to create a deficit-neutral reserve fund to facilitate the criminal prosecution of U.S. financial institutions that break the law, regardless of size.
More debris that may have come from the Japanese tsunami has been reported at Oceanside Beach. The object was discovered by a local man out for a walk on the beach Friday.
Beginning on April 1, U.S. 30 eastbound in Astoria between 8th and 9th Streets will be closed to all traffic for reconstruction of the 8th Street and Commercial Street intersection which includes replacing all utilities (sewer, water and storm) and installing reinforced concrete. The estimated completion date for this work is April 22.
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today voted for a U.S. Senate-passed Continuing Resolution (CR) that will prevent a March 27 government shutdown. The measure will fund the government through September 30, 2013. Bonamici expressed disappointment that the bill failed to stop across-the-board sequestration spending cuts initiated by 2011 Budget Control Act.
A House committee in Olympia held a public hearing on a bill that would tax marijuana brand names and trademarks that could be registered in the state when sale of state-taxed recreational marijuana starts at the end of this year.
April 1 the latest phase in the CSO separation project moves to downtown Astoria and starts with the closure of the busiest intersection in town for nearly a month. The 8th and Commercial intersection will close and traffic will be re-routed for the 21 days public works says it will take to demolish the intersection, replace all the water and sewer pipes and then rebuild with a concrete surface replacing the easily worn asphalt that takes a beating from the high volume of big rigs that make that turn every day. Click READ MORE to see the detour map
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