Government, politics, Salem

Oregon’s short legislative session comes to a close

The Oregon Legislature’s 2022 short session came and went (did you blink?) and in this era of rapid inflation and soaring costs for food and gasoline lawmakers passed $2.7 billion in new spending with the lion’s share allocated to child care, education, homelessness, housing, job training, and mental health.

The 2022 session also marked the end of the political career for longtime lawmaker and Senate president Sen. Peter Courtney (D-Eugene), whose name has been synonymous with Oregon politics for the last 30-odd years.

Courtney is the longest-serving legislator in state history, and the last piece of legislation he introduced, SB 1504, which will ban greyhound racing on July 1, was passed by the House and Senate.

For the record, Oregon is not one of the seven states where greyhound racing is conducted — Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Texas, and West Virginia — but it is . . .

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