The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley
Oregon House District 29 Rep. Susan McLain (D-Hillsboro) said the 2021 legislative session, which is being held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions, is, to say the least, a challenging year.
Hearings on new bills in the coronavirus era still take place in all of the committees that extend from both the Oregon House and Senate, but in this 160-day session the public process plays out online because the Capitol is not open to the public, which presents a set of challenges the Legislature never has experienced — among them making sure transparency . . .