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 On Twitter @capitolcurrents.

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As drought conditions worsen across the state, Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order Tuesday to help conserve water.

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Oregon marijuana dispensaries can begin selling marijuana as soon as October 1, under a law signed Tuesday by Governor Kate Brown.

Oregon Department of Human Services

For the third time since former governor John Kitzhaber resigned, an Oregon state agency will change directors. This time, it’s the Department of Human Services.

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A panel of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission met for the last time Monday. They’ll soon issue final recommendations on how the state should regulate edible marijuana products.

Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Former governor John Kitzhaber directed his office to align some of its interests with the ones fiancée Cylvia Hayes was being paid to advance, according to newly-released emails.

Office of the Governor

Oregon Governor Kate Brown on Monday celebrated a bill to require most employers to provide paid sick leave.

As Oregon voters brace for yet another governor’s race next year, a Republican in the state House announced Monday he might be ready to run.

Oregon Governor To Sign Statewide Sick Leave Law

Jul 10, 2015
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Oregon Governor Kate Brown will sign a set of bills Monday passed by the Legislature this session.

New Oregon Marijuana Stores Slated To Open In 2016

Jul 9, 2015
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The Oregon Legislature moved up the start of retail marijuana sales at existing dispensaries, but the state’s Liquor Control Commission is still writing rules for new stores.

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With more than half of Oregon in a drought emergency, Governor Kate Brown said state agencies can help conserve water for the rest of the state.