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Rep. Smith Among Oregon GOP to visit Arizona-Mexico Border Today

By Julia Shumway/Oregon Capital Chronicle Sixteen Republican lawmakers, including State Rep. Greg Smith (R-Heppner) and legislative candidates from Oregon plan to visit the Arizona-Mexico border...

Local Agencies Receiving State Grant Money to Fight Wildfires

By Lynne Terry/Oregon Capital Chronicle As Oregon approaches this year’s wildfire season, state officials are distributing $6 million in grants to help local fire agencies...

State OKs $4 Million in Connector Road Funding for Pendleton

One of the biggest challenges to the development of property in Pendleton is access to flat land. Funding from the State of Oregon and...

Legislature Passes School Bus Camera Bill Targeting Errant Drivers

By Ben Botkin/Oregon Capital Chronicle The Oregon Legislature on Tuesday passed a bill that would allow school districts to install cameras on school buses so...

Your Guide to the 2024 Oregon Upcoming Legislative Session

By  Julia Shumway/Oregon Capital Chronicle Oregon lawmakers head to Salem early Monday morning for the start of a 35-day sprint to pass budget fixes and...

Overtime Tax Credit Available to Agriculture Employers

The Oregon Legislature in February 2022 approved House Bill (HB) 4002: Oregon Agriculture Overtime, which requires agricultural employers to pay certain workers for overtime...

Idaho Legislators Want Talks on Moving State’s Border with Oregon

By Clark Corbin Two Idaho legislators are pushing a longshot proposal to have certain rural eastern Oregon counties secede from the state and join Idaho. Reps....

2023 Oregon Legislative Preview: What You Need to Know

By Julia Shumway, Alex Baumhardt and Ben Botkin The Oregon Legislature began its 2023 work in earnest on Tuesday, with just more than five months...

Housing Crisis Will Be Oregon Legislature’s Top Priority in 2023

By Julia Shumway Housing will remain a top focus when the Oregon Legislature returns to work in January, a top Democratic lawmaker tells the Oregon...

New State Meat Inspection Program Will Combat Delays, Lower Prices

Oregon meat eaters are likely to have access to more local beef and other products and at cheaper prices with a new program that...

Hermiston Celebrates Groundbreaking of Moorehouse Apartments

Hermiston city leaders joined representatives from Chrisman Development, Inc., Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS), and other local and state partners to break ground...

Legislature Funds Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Center in E. Oregon

The Hermiston School District got an investment from the Oregon Legislature in a local Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Center in Eastern Oregon to support a wide...

State Rep. Smith Shares Key Funding Allocations for District 57

Last Friday, the Oregon Legislature officially adjourned the 2022 Legislative Session and State Rep. Greg Smith (R-Heppner) highlighted legislation and funding allocations for District 57. "During...

ODA Now Accepting Proposals for Priority Noxious Weed Grants

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is now accepting proposals for the 2022 Priority Noxious Weed Grant. Priorities for grants include: Aquatic or Riparian Weed...

State Rep. Greg Smith Announces 2022 Legislative Priorities

On Feb. 1 the Oregon Legislature will convene the 2022 Legislative Session. State Rep. Greg Smith (R-Heppner) offered the following statements regarding District 57...

Legislature Passes SB 892 Directing ODA to Establish Disaster Relief Fund

The Oregon Legislature on Tuesday passed Senate Bill 892 that directs the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) to establish a disaster assistance program. The Legislature...

State Legislature Passes Drought Relief Funding for Oregon’s Farmers

The Oregon Legislature on Monday passed SB 892 and SB 5561 to provide a $100 million drought relief package to support farmers and ranchers...

New #2 Record for Rocky Mountain Elk Antlers Found in Oregon

The antlers of a Union County bull elk have been officially scored at 406 6/8 which would make it the second-place record for a...

$5.1 Million Going to Small Cities for Road & Accessibility Upgrades

Small cities around the state are receiving $5.1 million in funding after the Small City Allotment Advisory Committee to make street, sidewalk and curb...

Legislature Passes Redistricting Bill; District 57 to Expand in Size

On Monday, the Oregon House of Representatives passed SB 882, which reappropriated Oregon’s legislative districts. The end result for District 57 is that it gained...

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