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 By Paris Achen    News    September 27, 2017

New distracted driving law to take effect Oct.1

Portland Tribune Capital Bureau A new distracted driving law expands an existing ban on using cellphones while driving to all electronic mobile devices and stiffens fines and penalties, effective Oct. 1. The law is aimed at improving safety... Full story

 By Paris Achen    News    September 5, 2017

Governor promotes signing of $5.3 billion transportation package with statewide tour

EO Media Capital Bureau Gov. Kate Brown’s tour of the state last week to celebrate signing into law a $5.3 billion transportation funding package possessed the energy of a campaign blitz. Oregon’s 38th governor stopped in Ontario, Bend and... Full story

 By Paris Achen    News    August 8, 2017

Laws passed by legislature reduce sentences for drug, property crimes

EO Capital Bureau Hillsboro resident Beth Hacker could have served nearly three years in prison for petty theft crimes she committed during her struggle with addiction to prescription opioid, oxycodone. Hacker, a mother of four, was convicted of...

 By Paris Achen    News    July 18, 2017

Analysis: Term limits proposal could remove nearly one-third of legislators

EO Media Capital Bureau Voter approval of a proposal to enact term limits for state lawmakers would wipe out nearly one-third of the Oregon Legislature membership, according to analysis by a lawyer for the state labor union director. Lawyer Harry B....


Letter highlights tensions between ODOT, oversight commission chair

EO Media Capital Bureau The head of the Oregon Transportation Commission has asked Gov. Kate Brown to personally engage in beefed-up oversight of the Department of Transportation. In a strongly worded missive on formal letterhead sent Jan. 10, OTC...


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