Governor Brown Signs Kaylee’s Law

A proposed law, named after Kaylee Sawyer, a Bend-woman murdered in 2016, was signed into law today by Governor Kate Brown.
 
Sawyer was abducted and murdered by a Central Oregon Community College security guard, and the proposed law aims to restrict the power of campus security guards, distinguish them from local law enforcement, and require mental health and background checks.
 
The law was proposed and backed by Sawyer’s family and law enforcement officials from Central Oregon and a ceremonial signing with Sawyer’s family is scheduled for the summer.

Bend Activists Join National Abortion Ban Protests

Highly restrictive abortion bans have been proposed, and in some cases passed, in states across the country, reigniting the debate over abortion in recent weeks. Pro-choice activists across the country have organized protests, including one right here in Bend. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan spoke with one such activist and also with an anti-abortion activist to hear both sides of the issue.

Wildfire Prevention Programs Could Lose Funding

An $80 million budget that would’ve gone toward nationwide fire prevention programs may be set back to zero after the US Forest Service announced this morning that it was planning to cut the funding.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on what those cuts could mean for fire season here in Central Oregon.

HB 3427 Passes After Democrats Strike a Deal with Senate Republicans

State lawmakers in Salem have confirmed with Central Oregon Daily that Senate Republicans negotiated a deal to return to the Senate floor on Monday for a discussion and vote on a new tax bill in exchange for Senate Democrats dropping high-profile bills on vaccine exemptions and gun safety.
 
The Senate convened on Monday afternoon, and voted on House Bill 3427, also known as the Student Success Act, a new business tax to bring in revenue for education. The bill passed 17 to 11. It now Heads to Governor Kate Brown’s desk, where she is expected to sign the bill.
 
In exchange for providing a quorum, Senate Republicans asked Democrats to keep House Bill 3063 and Senate Bill 978 from reaching the Senate floor, effectively killing those bills during this legislative session.
 
House Bill 3063 would have removed all non-medical exemptions for vaccinations for school-age children and Senate Bill 978 was a gun-control bill that would have banned “ghost guns” assembled by 3D printers, regulated gun owners who did not secure their firearms and give gun sellers the right to not sell guns to people under 21.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has the latest on Monday’s developments in Salem.

Wilderness Area Permits Planned for 2020

Day permit systems will go into effect during the summer of 2020 at seven trail heads at Mount Jefferson, two trail heads at Mount Washington and 10 trail heads at Three Sisters. More information about how to purchase these passes will be available in the near future.

History Repeats Itself: Widow of Local Holocaust Survivor Takes a Look Back

Refugees fleeing war and persecution, American politicians debating whether to allow them into our country, it sounds like today’s headlines but it was also the situation more than seventy years ago as Jews fled Europe during the Holocaust.

On the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel talks to the widow of a longtime Bend resident, who was the lone survivor of a deadly incident that become known as the ‘Holocaust of the Sea.’

House Bill 3063 Moves to House

House Bill 3063 is officially out of committee and on its way to the House for a full vote. The decision wasn’t unanimous and, like every vote since the bill was proposed, emotions ran high. HB 3063 is a proposed bill that would require school aged children to be vaccinated unless they are medically exempt. Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has more.

Prescribed Burn Season Underway

If you are seeing smoke in the Sisters and La Pine area tonight, it’s a sign of the beginning of the prescribed burn season. Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel looks at why the low-intensity fires are so important in the effort to prevent larger wildfires in the summer.

Lawmakers Debate Vaccine Exemptions after Measles Outbreak

As measles cases approach numbers that the United States hasn’t seen in 20 years, state lawmakers in Oregon are preparing to discuss a bill that would remove all non-medical exemptions for vaccinations.
 
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan looks at what doctors, and lawmakers, are doing to try and stop the spread of the virus.