SALEM -- Oregonians can expect a few changes starting on Jan. 1, 2013, as new laws go into action.
Probably the change that will impact the most people - Oregon's minimum wage will increase by 15 cents to $8.95 an hour. In Washington state, the minimum wage was raised to $9.19 an hour.
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At Oregon schools, the state will start to require staff members to report acts of bullying and harassment. Schools are also expected to adopt a policy on dating violence among teens.
Another big change - all state property and campuses will be tobacco-free starting on Tuesday, Jan. 1.
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In Portland, a bond passed to fund Portland Public School upgrades will add $1.10 in taxes for every thousand dollars in assessed property value for eight years, and then 30 cents per thousand dollars of assessed value for an additional 12 years.
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A new tax of $35, once a year will also be billed to anyone over 18 living in Portland in order to fund art and music programs.
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The 2011 Oregon Legislature passed the firewood law and gave ODA regulatory authority. The new rules prohibit firewood from outside the Pacific Northwest unless it has been treated at a temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour to kill all the pests inside it.
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As of Jan. 1, 2013, wildlife viewers, anglers, walkers and others headed to any of nine ODFW Wildlife Areas will be required to purchase a special parking permit. The permits must be displayed on each vehicles’ dashboard and they cost $7 for a day pass or $22 for an annual permit. They can be purchased online, through the Oregon Department of fish & Wildlife website.
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