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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Another year, another gun bill

Written January 16th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

We all say we want to keep guns out of the hands of crazy people. How do we do that? Not, I hope, the way it would be done under a proposed law the 2016 legislature may be asked to adopt.

Initiative would ban Oregon PDT

Written November 13th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

David A. Miles, a resident of Medford, wants to make daylight saving time unconstitutional in Oregon. Good luck to him.

Tax limits are safe — for now

Written July 13th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

If there was any good news from this year’s Oregon legislatve sessions, it is this: Lawmakers failed to advance any of the attempts to weaken the taxpayers’ protections against even bigger jumps in the property tax.

Road bill’s death: Who’s to blame

Written June 26th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The reason the Oregon legislature could not pass a small but important gas tax increase is that it had already raised the price of fuel over the next few years, and the Republican minority in the House would not accept a double increase.

Bill benefits Highway 34

Written June 24th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

A couple of things can be said about the highway and tax package the Oregon legislature came up with Wednesday. One, it could have been done a whole lot sooner if the Democratic majority had not wasted time with its ill-considered low-carbon fuel program. And two, the package includes safety improvements on death alley, the segment […]

Linn: No money for SB 941 gun bill

Written June 19th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Starting Aug. 12, according to my count, Oregon law will require that private sellers of firearms obtain a criminal background check on the buyers before making the sale. But what if they don’t, and who would know? Well then, not much would happen at least as far as the county government in Linn County is concerned.

Legislators leave cyclists alone

Written June 15th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Oregon legislators didn’t give much thought to bicycles this session, and that’s all right. Given lawmakers’ drive to make ever more laws, being ignored by them is not a bad thing. The session in Salem is just about over, and it looks like bikes and their riders are being left pretty much alone.

The risks of self-service: Really?

Written June 14th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Look, a car being fueled and no attendant in sight! Oh wait. It’s a Tesla, and that hose is conducting electrical juice, not the kind made from fossilized jungles. Still, how can we allow automotive self-service when it violates all the principles the legislature set out in state law?

Sad to say, right-lane bill advances

Written June 4th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

In the Keeping-Track Department: The right-lane bill in the Oregon legislature is advancing, and there’s no evidence that lawmakers are paying the slightest attention to reasonable objections.

Lawmakers labor over weed; why?

Written May 15th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Nobody asked them, but Oregon legislators nevertheless want to change the law on marijuana. Mainly they want to construct an elaborate system of regulation and control. Apparently that would be on top of the regulations and tax system Measure 91 obliges the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to set up.

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