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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.
Politics Oregon lawmakers hear heated testimony on gun-control bill Oregon lawmakers hear heated testimony on gun-control bill (Video)
A heated debate over gun control in the Oregon Legislature on Wednesday drew relatives of people killed during an Oregon mall shooting, law enforcement officers and gun owners as Democratic lawmakers push a bill expanding background checks to cover private firearms sales.
Politics Oregon bottle deposits could double Oregon bottle deposits could double (Video)
Four years ago, the Oregon legislature passed a "bottle bill" mandating deposits double from 5 cents to 10 cents if the recycling rate falls below 80 percent two years in a row.