HB 4159 Creates support services for immigrants

This bill is being declared as an emergency, creates a pilot program to provide immediate support services to newcomers arriving in Oregon with little to no resources. Recent closure of the Welcome Center [also referred to as the Hugo by Fortify Holdings], led to the rehousing of 300 migrant households. The Welcome Center was established as an initial humanitarian response….

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SB 1543 Paid lawyers for illegal immigrants

Signed into Law by Gov Brown

Bad reputation has large conventions skipping Portland, tourism report says

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland’s reputation has taken a bit of a beating recently, and as a result organizations and companies that thought about holding big conventions here, bringing tourists and money with them, are now looking elsewhere. That’s according to a recent tourism report by Travel Portland. The agency presented its finding to Portland city commissioners earlier this week. “Here’s…

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Talk to the Mask

In the year plus of going around the merry-go-round about masks with this, that, and the other experts weighing in, some conclude Occam’s Razor applies appropriately to the mask question. The simplest explanation may be the most accurate explanation. Mask boxes and packages made in Communist Party China warn consumers masks are not for viruses. Some directly read “…not for…

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Lawmakers pass bill to make illegal immigrants eligible for Medicaid

Oregon’s State Senate on Saturday (6-26-21) passed a bill that would make illegal immigrants in the state eligible for Medicaid-funded medical services — sending the legislation to Democratic Gov. Kate Brown for signature. The bill, HB 335, expands eligibility to adults who would otherwise qualify for Medicaid-funded state medical assistance program but are excluded due to their immigration status. It passed…

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Hidden Fees Ahead warning sign

HB 2819 Unearned tax credits to unqualified persons.

Died In Committee

Reviewing Measure 11: Advocates seek reform, prosecutors argue it works fine

Oregon’s landmark mandatory sentencing law, Measure 11, is about to go under scrutiny by state legislators this week. Advocates of criminal justice reform have four bills that would change the way those convicted of serious crimes are sentenced. The first of those bills, House Bill 2002, has a public hearing scheduled in the House Committee of Judiciary on Tuesday. But Oregon’s District…

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Bill Proposes to Shield Drivers’ Licenses

Ganging up on employers, Senators Deb Patterson (D-Salem) and Sara Gelser (D-Albany) introduced SB 569. Their idea of fair employment practices is to make it unlawful for an employer to require an employee or prospective employee to possess or present a valid driver’s license as a condition of employment or continuation of employment. It’s a short bill with a big…

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