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WSP launches bump stock buy-back program

WSP launches bump stock buy-back program

News Release from Washington State Patrol (WSP) OLYMPIA, Washington — With the Governor’s signing of Senate Bill 5954, the Washington State Patrol (WSP) will hold its Bump Stock Buy-Back Program on March 17-18 and March 24-25. Washington State residents will have an opportunity to turn in their bump stocks before the federal law banning the devices takes effect on…

Holocaust education requirement advances in Oregon Legislature

Holocaust education requirement advances in Oregon Legislature

SALEM, Oregon — Schools in Oregon would be required to teach about the Holocaust and genocide under a bill that’s making progress in the legislature. As America’s greatest generation gets older, the number of people who can tell the stories of the Holocaust is diminishing. Sen. Rob Wagner, D-Lake Oswego, said that’s why it needs…

OSU report shows not enough child care in Oregon

OSU report shows not enough child care in Oregon

CORVALLIS, Oregon — Finding child care in Oregon is difficult. A new study done by Oregon State University (OSU) showed there are far more children that the child care system can handle. A child care desert is when less than one third of children don’t have access to regulated child care. “All of Oregon’s 36…

Brown signs health care funding bill

Brown signs health care funding bill

SALEM, Oregon — Governor Kate Brown signed a bill Wednesday that will help fund the Oregon Health Plan. There’s a gap in funding health care in Oregon and a bipartisan bill will temporarily fill the hole. “It was a monumental test to pass this bill in the legislative session,” Brown said. She said the bill will…

Ferguson sues three Fortune 15 companies for fueling opioid epidemic

Ferguson sues three Fortune 15 companies for fueling opioid epidemic

News Release from Washington State Office of the Attorney General SEATTLE, Washington — Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the three largest distributors of prescription opioids in Washington state, arguing that they failed to alert law enforcement of suspicious opioid orders, and illegally shipped those orders into Washington for years, and contributed to…

Jenkin bill for safer work zones passes

Jenkin bill for safer work zones passes

OLYMPIA, Washington – A bill modifying current provisions relating to how drivers approach emergency and work zone vehicles was unanimously approved by the state House of Representatives. “This bill was initially brought to my attention by tow truck drivers,” Rep. Bill Jenkin (R-Prosser) said. “I didn’t realize the amount of deaths that had been involved…

Blazers’ Kanter receives support from Sen. Wyden

Blazers’ Kanter receives support from Sen. Wyden

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Portland Trail Blazers Enes Kanter has an Oregon Senator helping him avoid jail in his home country of Turkey. Kanter criticized the Turkish government and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and he’s now paying a price. “Turkey’s President Erdogan has labeled Mr. Enes a terrorist,” Oregon Democratic U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said…

Rosenblum urges lawmakers to strengthen Oregon’s hate crime law

Rosenblum urges lawmakers to strengthen Oregon’s hate crime law

SALEM, Oregon — Oregon’s Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is working to change the state’s hate crime laws. She formed the Hate Crimes Task Force to review reporting and prosecution of hate crimes. “We don’t know as much as we should about hate and bias crimes in our state,” Rosenblum said. Rosenblum says the number of…

Bill proposed to ban clear-cutting in Oregon watersheds

Bill proposed to ban clear-cutting in Oregon watersheds

SALEM, Oregon — Forests around Oregon’s drinking water sources would get more protection under a bill in the legislature. However, some worry it will hurt the timber industry. “Oregonians felt the consequences of warmer and polluted drinking water last summer when toxic algal blooms caused an emergency right here in Salem,” said Rep. Andrea Salinas, D-Lake…

Brown wants postage-free elections

Brown wants postage-free elections

SALEM, Oregon — Oregonians wouldn’t have to put a stamp on a ballot for an election if Governor Kate Brown gets her way. Brown wants the state to cover mailing the ballots. Currently, if you mail a ballot in Oregon it needs a 55 cent stamp. “The stamp is a functional barrier for voters with…