Emancipation Act reprieve day headlines:
Legislature to consider 2 bills tapping savings for schools
The Oregon House has introduced two bills that would dig deeper into savings to pay for schools and other programs.
Legislation targets permits for paddled boats
Lawmakers are negotiating HB 3121, the annual $5 permit requirement for canoe, raft and kayak owners. The original language in the bill would have sunk the required permit for nonmotorized boats entirely. But after negotiations with the state Marine Board — the agency that collects the permit fees and, in partnership with the Oregon State Police, enforces marine laws — the language has been modified instead to seek a sharp cut in the fine for violating the permit requirement. Under current law, canoe or other nonmotorized boat owners who are on a river or lake without a permit can be subject to a $144 citation. Thats $144 for a $5 permit violation.
Judge approves County Board settlment
Under the deal approved by Gillespie on Tuesday the county board acknowledges that it violated public meetings law; Handy and Sorenson are prohibited from violating the law for the duration of an injunction that ends in March 2012; The county must pay $350,000 to the plaintiffs; Handy and Sorenson each must pay $20,000 to the county; All claims for and against former Commissioner Bill Fleenor are dismissed.The county has spent more than $340,000 on lawyers and other legal costs defending Handy and Sorenson.
Clinic offers free medical treatment
Medical care will be on the house this weekend at the annual free clinic for families and individuals without health insurance. The two-day clinic will run 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the PeaceHealth medical building at West 13th Avenue and Willamette Street.
Oregon Bureau of Labor investigates Shipley
Patrick R. Shipley dba Gran Master Cleaning is accused of cheating employees out of their earned wages, 16 different times. Now the state Bureau of Labor and Industries is taking action.