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Politics Oregon House Committee takes up gun control proposal Oregon House Committee takes up gun control proposal (Photo Gallery)
Oregon House legislators held a rare marathon public hearing Wednesday on a bill expanding background checks to encompass nearly all private gun transfers. The proposal that has sped through the Legislature in the wake of an election that helped Democrats up their majorities in both chambers.
Politics Committee hears bill preventing child access to guns Committee hears bill preventing child access to guns
Two days after Oregon senators passed legislation expanding background checks to cover most private gun sales, lawmakers heard testimony Thursday on a proposal making it a crime for adults to endanger minors by letting them gain unsupervised access to firearms.
Politics Governor declares drought emergencies in Crook, Harney, and Klamath counties Governor declares drought emergencies in Crook, Harney, and Klamath counties
The Governor’s office says the drought continues to have significant impact on agriculture, livestock, and natural resources in each of the jurisdictions. The counties requested the state to take action, and the Oregon Drought Council considered the counties' requests by weighing current water conditions, future climatic forecasts, and agricultural impacts.