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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Crime, Law and Justice
5:03 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Judge Orders Oregon Baker To Pay $135,000 In Discrimination Case

An Oregon judge has awarded a same-sex couple $135,000 after a bakery refused to make a cake for their wedding. The bakeryha since closed their storefront but is still in business online.

An Oregon judge has awarded a same-sex couple $135,000 in damages after a bakery refused to make a cake for their wedding.

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Government and Politics
5:35 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Supporters, Opponents Pack Oregon Gun Bill Hearing

A measure in the Oregon legislature would require criminal background checks on most private gun sales.
Ben Alman Flickr

Supporters and opponents of a measure that would require criminal background checks on private gun sales testified at the Oregon Capitol Wednesday.

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Government and Politics
5:39 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Oregon Voters Could Consider Caps On Campaign Contributions

Oregon Governor Kate Brown addresses the Senate Rules Committee as they consider campaign finance reform legislation.
Office of the Governor

State lawmakers are considering a measure that would ask voters in 2016 to approve limits on a campaign contributions.

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Government and Politics
3:55 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Oregon Lawmakers Use 'Lateral Pass' To Beat Bill Deadline

Edmund Garman Flickr

Oregon lawmakers are rushing to beat a Tuesday deadline for legislation to advance. But there's an old saying around the state capitol: No bill is truly dead until the final gavel falls.

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Transportation
5:13 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Oregon Governor Urges Action On Transportation Funding

Oregon Governor Kate Brown delivers her State of the State address at Portland City Club.
Allison Frost

Oregon Governor Kate Brown wants to drive the issue of how to unclog traffic and fix decaying bridges back into the fast lane.

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Government and Politics
4:10 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Oregon Governor Supports Higher Minimum Wage

Oregon Governor Kate Brown said Friday that she supports a higher state minimum wage.
Office of the Governor

The debate over whether to raise Oregon's minimum wage could be headed to the ballot.

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Government and Politics
5:16 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Oregon Governor To Deliver State Of The State Address

Oregon Governor Kate Brown will deliver the State of the State address Friday.
Office of the Governor

Oregon Governor Kate Brown is set to deliver a State of the State address at Portland City Club Friday.

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Disasters and Accidents
4:50 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Oregon Renews Wildfire Insurance Policy

2015 is expected to be a challenging summer for fighting wildfires.
InciWeb

As Northwest states brace for what's expected to be a challenging summer for fighting wildfires, Oregon has decided to renew its wildfire insurance policy.

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Crime, Law and Justice
4:08 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Oregon House Votes To Extend Statute Of Limitations For Rape

M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

A measure moving through the state legislature would give rape victims in Oregon more time to come forward to report an attack.

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Government and Politics
4:27 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Oregon Senate Approves Background Check Measure

Augustas Didzgalvis Wikimedia

People who buy guns from private sellers in Oregon would have to clear a background check under a bill moving through the legislature.

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