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For years, he's been one of the major shapers of the budget for state government in Oregon, a budget affecting millions of people and guiding billions of dollars. 

During that time, he has earned less than $30,000 a year from being a state legislator. 

That's not the only reason Rep. Peter Buckley recently announced his retirement from the legislature with the 2016 election. 

Buckley represents a diverse district from the California line to Medford, including Ashland liberals and rural conservatives. 

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The Oregon Legislature's session was bound to have a few wobbles this year.

Having the governor resign a month into his term shook up state government at many levels. 

The legislature got back on track and completed its work on a two-year budget for schools, prisons, police, and all of the responsibilities of state government. 

But it left some business unfinished, too, like a major bill to fix up Oregon's transportation infrastructure. 

House Speaker Tina Kotek presided over half of the legislative apparatus.  


It's been a big week for Oregon State Senator Jeff Kruse

He's squarely in the middle of two hot items in the legislative hopper: marijuana regulation and school mascots. 

Kruse supports further regulation of medical marijuana, and the state school board's move to ban Native American mascots certainly hits home for a guy who represents Roseburg, where the Roseburg Indians play. 

Dollars In And Out: Making A State Budget

Jan 29, 2015
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It's tough enough to make a budget for ourselves.  Now imagine the complexity in producing a budget for an entire state government. 

Ashland state representative Peter Buckley counts that among his tasks in the Oregon legislature. 

Buckley is the house co-chair of the committee that preps the budget, which will be bigger again this year with the economic recovery continuing. 

Second Time Around For Speaker Kotek

Jan 26, 2015
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Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek is the first speaker in ten years with experience. 

It's been that long since a House Speaker served back to back terms in that leadership position. 

Democratic victories in November put Kotek back in the Speaker's office, with a larger Democratic majority.

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Oregon lawmakers wrapped up the 2014 legislative session. As might be expected, a lot of big ideas were brought forward in January, but by the end of the session relatively few survived. JPR’s Liam Moriarty spoke with Northwest News Network capital correspondent Chris Lehman to get the lowdown on what did – and didn’t – get done.

New Laws For The New Year In Oregon

Jan 8, 2014
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Taking a call from a loved one while you're driving just got more expensive in Oregon. 

The fines for cell phone use while driving just bumped up with the new year.

Measuring The Special Session Accomplishments

Oct 1, 2013
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While the federal legislature (Congress) struggled with October 1 deadlines, Oregon's governor chose the prior day to call the state legislature into special session on taxes and public pensions. 

As the session started, the outcome was very much in doubt. 

Oregon lawmakers return to Salem today for a special session tackling pensions, taxes, and regulations over genetically modified crops.

Governor John Kitzhaber called the session earlier this month, nearly a year after he first proposed a budget that included cuts in pension benefits for retired government workers.

He has negotiated a deal with legislative leaders that would include pension cuts along with tax increases and tax cuts. He added a ban on local  governments regulating genetically modified crops as part of the session requirements.