CORONAVIRUS, Government, Oregon

Gov. Brown calls for emergency legislative session

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley

Governor Kate Brown announced she will convene a special session of the Oregon Legislature at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, December 21 to ask lawmakers to provide $800 million in financial relief for Oregonians who are suffering through the COVID-19 pandemic, and for those who experienced loss during last summer’s wildfires.

“Oregonians are making tremendous sacrifices to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Brown said in a press release. “While the risk reduction measures we have put in place are working to slow the spread, many Oregon families are struggling with unemployment, housing, food insecurity, and paying their bills — and those most impacted are the same people who are often left behind, including rural, Black, Indigenous, Latino/Latina/Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, and Tribal communities.

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