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Side Notes 3/9-3/16 

Oregon Legislature Adjourns 2016 Legislative Session

SALEM - "The hallmark of the 2016 session is without a doubt our action to raise Oregon's minimum wage," said House Speaker Tina Kotek [D-Portland]upon the close of the Oregon Legislature's 2016 session. "This landmark legislation will help hundreds of thousands of hard-working families pay the rent and put food on the table, while also respecting regional economic needs and giving local businesses time to plan," she said.

"The legislature also took important steps to address Oregon's growing affordable housing crisis," Kotek added. "We also passed legislation to combat climate change, strengthen our schools, and help small businesses thrive. I'm proud of the progress we made this session to create greater opportunities for Oregonians across the state."

Bend's Rep. Knute Buehler and Sen. Tim Knopp voted against the bill for a minimum wage increase."

Mediated Negotiation for Deschutes Water Conflict Requested

SALEM – Gov. Kate Brown announced the State of Oregon is seeking to join the Deschutes Basin Oregon spotted frog litigation as a friend of the court, with the goal of resolving the water management conflict in Central Oregon.

"The Deschutes Basin litigation is a major conflict over water resources that requires a solution developed collaboratively, recognizing multiple important interests," said Gov. Brown. "To reach a sustainable and comprehensive solution to this conflict, Oregon needs to be at the table to help craft a positive path forward for the health of our fish and wildlife, their habitats, and the economic vitality of our communities."

Lawsuits followed after the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service listed the Oregon spotted frog as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act in August 2014. Lawsuits filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and WaterWatch are against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and three irrigation districts: Central Oregon Irrigation District, Tumalo Irrigation District and North Unit Irrigation District.

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