Government, politics, Salem

Oregon legislature prepares for 2021 legislative session

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley

This year’s legislative session will be the first full session since COVID-19 caused the state to go into lockdown, and as a result of the pandemic the Legislature on January 7 released its 2021 safety plan, which aims to ensure transparency and public participation. 

A joint statement from the offices of House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) and Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Springfield) said the goal of the plan is to balance safety with the completion of Legislature business while allowing public participation, input, and review of proposed legislation.

The Capitol Operations Safety Plan is the product of a three-month review . . .

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