Pipeline Bill First in New Senate

(CNN) — When Republicans take control of the senate next month, expect the Keystone Pipeline to be on top of their to-do list. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says legislation authorizing construction of the pipeline will be the first bill scheduled for a vote. McConnell says the pipeline, which would connect Canada’s oil sands … Continue reading »

Senate Passes Spending Bill

(CNN) — Saturday the Senate voted in favor of a $1.1 trillion spending measure. It will keep funds slowing through most of the government for much of 2015. Had the measure not been reached, funding for the government would have ended Saturday evening. The vote, which passed by 56 to 40, came about an hour after … Continue reading »

Senate Passes Farm Bill

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The National Farm Bill is on its way to President Obama’s desk for him to sign into law. Economists at Oregon State University have broken the bill down to explain what it would mean for farmers and for Americans on food stamps. The Senate passed the nearly $1 trillion House Bill on … Continue reading »

Senate Passes Unemployment Benefits Bill

EUGENE, Ore. — A democratic bill to extend unemployment benefits for three months passed through the U.S. Senate Tuesday. The bill which passed in a 60 to 37 roll call vote, will give those who’ve been unemployed long term, some extra footing to hopefully land a job. But those we spoke with Tuesday have mixed … Continue reading »

Bill Allows Native American Mascots

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Senate will hear details of a proposed bill Wednesday that would give schools the ability to continue using tribal logos and images. Their is a stipulation; the schools must reach an agreement with the nearest tribal government. At Rogue River High School, the principal says the chieftan name and heritage … Continue reading »

Senate Approves Bill Affecting Nurses

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Senate approved a measure Thursday that would allow nurse practitioners statewide to dispense medicine. Senate President Peter Courtney, who sponsored Senate Bill 8, says there are not enough doctors to treat everyone. Legislators say nurse practitioners in rural counties already are allowed to dispense medicine. Senate Bill 8 would grant … Continue reading »

Legislators Receive One-of-a-Kind Gift

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon is the only state with a two-sided flag, the state seal on one side and the mighty beaver on the other. Monday, during the legislature’s first session of the year, that flag provided a fitting metaphor. Senate President Peter Courtney had individual mini state flags made for each House and Senate … Continue reading »