CORONAVIRUS, Legislature, Oregon

Legislators head to Salem for one-day session on Monday

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley

Oregon lawmakers will meet in a special session in Salem Monday, Dec. 21 to vote on — among a handful of other bills — an $800 million relief package to help Oregonians who continue experiencing financial distress since the outbreak of COVID-19 and the wildfires last summer.

The in-person session has many elected officials concerned about the possibility of themselves or their colleagues contracting or unknowingly spreading COVID-19 while inside the state capitol.

Some state officials have said Governor Kate Brown should have employed a state constitutional provision that allows her to declare a “catastrophic disaster” so the legislature could meet online rather than risk meeting in person . . .

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