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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Surprise: A reasonable gun bill

Written February 11th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The legislature is in session, so naturally it is once again working to add to the circumstances under which Oregonians may be banned from buying or owning a gun. But this time, the bill that emerged from committee on Friday isn’t bad. It’s the kind of “reasonable gun regulation” that we hear so much about.


$25 million for Millersburg project

Written July 6th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Andy Olson has followed through on his idea of trying to make use of the Millersburg site where the International Paper company demolished the Albany Paper Mill. The transportation bill he helped write includes an allocation of $25 million for a “Mid-Willamette Valley Transmodal Facility.”


House OK’s cell phone crackdown

Written May 3rd, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Despite misgivings about over-regulating the way we live, the Oregon House has approved Rep. Andy Olson’s bill to get tough on people using cell phones while driving.


Mobile phone crackdown: Questions

Written February 28th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

State Reps. Andy Olson of Albany, Dan Rayfield of Corvallis, and a few other legislators want Oregon to get tougher on distracted driving caused by handling mobile phones. But their bill on that issue has problems, and it’s not clear that passing it would have the desired effect.


Olson’s trail bill clears House

Written April 30th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The Oregon House on Thursday passed a bill that’s supposed to clarify how bike trails can be built on land zoned on exclusive farm use. Too bad it doesn’t really clarify much.


Disgusting but not illegal, yet!

Written March 7th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Because there is, apparently, no boundary that lascivious boys and dirty old men will not cross, and because technology now gives them the means to cross more of them, the Oregon legislature is having to consider yet another law. It is House Bill 2596, sponsored of Rep. Andy Olson of Albany and others.


Legislators work on new pot law

Written February 20th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

A work group of legislators has been meeting to try to straighten out Oregon’s marijuana law, but apparently it’s a tough slog. Rep. Andy Olson, R-Albany, is one of the group’s members. He hopes the lengthy discussions twice a week will result in a bill, but he doesn’t know when.


Bowers Rock: What’s behind HB 2034

Written January 19th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Oregon officials say they have no intention of condemning any land to provide public access to Bowers Rock State Park, but Rep. Andy Olson wants to make sure that if they do, they don’t take a farmer’s fields.


What our state lawmakers want

Written January 14th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Mid-valley legislators want all kinds of law changes this session, ranging from big ones like the low-carbon fuel standard to less expensive items, such as letting Interstate 5 be known as the “Purple Heart Trail.”


Next legislature: An editorialist’s feast!

Written November 12th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

What can we expect from the 2015 Oregon legislature? I put the question to Rep. Andy Olson, R-Albany, who was unopposed in winning another two-year term in the House, and Sen.-elect Sara Gelser, D-Corvallis, who will replace Republican Betsy Close of Albany in January.


 
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