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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Watch out, the lawmakers are back

Written January 14th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The 2019 legislature has organized itself in Salem. From here it looks like the majority will do everything it can this session to make life more expensive and less free for taxpayers and other citizens who would rather be left alone.


Don’t shortcut the Constitution

Written February 6th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The legislature is considering a bill that should make Oregon voters mad, or at least uneasy. Why? Because some day the bill might cause Oregon’s electoral votes for president to be cast for someone other than whoever got the most votes in this state.


Bill targets poker rooms — why?

Written April 28th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

I don’t play poker and have no interest in the game, but I’m trying to understand why 39 members of the Oregon House — NOT including Albany’s Andy Olson — voted on Thursday to shut down and ban private poker clubs in Portland and perhaps other towns as well.


Gun bill’s effect: Nobody knows

Written April 19th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

It would be nice if Oregon legislators insisted on getting some facts instead of voting based on assumptions and emotions, as the Senate Judiciary Committee did on the gun-confiscation bill it passed, 3-2, on Tuesday.


Bill takes aim at left-lane hogs

Written March 18th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

On a slow day you can always amuse yourself by browsing what the Oregon legislature is up to. Take, for instance, the left-lane bill that cleared a Senate committee last Wednesday by a vote of 4 to zip.


Taking guns from violent men

Written March 13th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Guns are on the minds of Oregon legislators again this year, judging by the number of bills introduced so far. Some would relax the restrictions on gun transfers and have no chance with the Democratic majority. Others would tighten restrictions or add new ones.


Tax writers aim at coffee, old cars

Written February 10th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

There are lots of things that could conceivably be taxed. But old cars? Clunkers driven by people who probably can’t afford to get anything new?


 
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