Capitol Currents

Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Oregon Legislature. This is a venue for political and policy coverage of the state government in Salem and its impact on the people of Oregon. Chris Lehman is the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network. Contact Chris at 503-689-1182 or clehman@opb.org. On Twitter @capitolcurrents.

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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
4:55 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Oregon Bill Would Increase Incentives To Mediate Farming Disputes

USDA

Oregon farmers could soon be more likely to use a mediator to help settle their disputes with neighboring farmers.

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Government and Politics
5:17 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Oregon Launches Recreational Marijuana Education Campaign

A public education campaign meant to help people understand the Oregon's new recreational marijuana law launched Tuesday.
whatslegaloregon.com

Recreational marijuana will soon be legal to use in Oregon and the state Tuesday unveiled a public education campaign meant to help people understand the new law.

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Government and Politics
4:36 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Oregon Governor Signs First Post-Kitzhaber Ethics Legislation

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signs the first bill in her ethics package into law.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law Monday the first ethics bill to reach her desk since she took office in February.

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Health and Medicine
4:48 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Oregon Governor Signs Bill Granting 12-Month Supply Of Birth Control

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signs HB 3343 into law.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Oregon will become the first state in the nation to let patients get up to a year's worth of prescription birth control at a time.

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Economy, Business, Finance, and Labor
3:04 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Paid Sick Leave Bill Advances In Oregon Legislature

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Oregon lawmakers are advancing a measure that would require many employers to offer paid sick leave.

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Government and Politics
2:47 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Oregon Lawmaker Introduces Whistleblower Protection Bill

OregonDOT Flickr

Oregon state Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, has introduced a measure that would try to protect government whistleblowers.

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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
6:09 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

Oregon Lawmakers Debate Whether To Ban Declaw Procedures

Rep. Brent Barton keeps a photo of his cat, Clarence, on his desk at the Oregon state capitol.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Oregon could become the first state in the nation to ban the declawing of cats in most circumstances.

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Government and Politics
5:24 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

Oregon Legislative Session Enters Homestretch

OregonDOT Flickr

Oregon lawmakers still have a lot on their plate as the 2015 session enters its final weeks.

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Government and Politics
5:29 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

IT Manager Who Leaked Kitzhaber Emails Won't Be Charged

Former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber resigned in February amid a criminal ethics investigation.
File Photo Legislative Media

The state worker who leaked thousands of former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber's emails to the press won't be charged with a crime.

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Government and Politics
1:56 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Oregon Lawmakers Could Define 'First Partner'

While former Governor John Kitzhaber Kitzhaber referred to Cylvia Hayes as his ''first lady,'' a measure in the Oregon legislature would officially define the spouse or partner of a governor.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Oregon lawmakers are advancing a bill that would for the first time officially define the spouse or partner of a governor.

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