Special Session Opens

The Special Session of the Oregon Legislature has opened to a rocky start. Both chambers met briefly early this morning to call themselves into session. However, the first committee meeting, scheduled for 9:30, was postponed. Details are sketchy, but it appears that the details of the "grand bargain" of PERS cuts, tax increases and environmental rules have not reached full agreement by the members of the House and Senate nor among advocates for various issues. The agenda for the 9:30 meeting (http://www.leg.state.or.us/13reg/agenda/webagendas.htm) included adoption of the rules and agreement on the measures to be introduced. It is likely that the two sides have not reached complete agreement on the nature of the bills to be introduced and lobbyists are pushing hard for their points of view. Governor Kitzahaber has already indicated that he intends to veto any set of bills that does not include all of the provisions in the five Legislative Concepts that emerged last week after negotiation with House and Senate Leadership. (https://oredupolicy.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/special-session-information/) However, PERS advocates, anti-GMO advocates and others are working the issues.

We will try to keep you updated and you can track information on Twitter at #orleg or #orpol

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One thought on “Special Session Opens

  1. Still delayed in Salem on Special Session. Main issue is the inclusion of flexibility around use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s). Committee meeting postponed again 1:00 pm. Still looking for a way to pull the pieces together.

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