CORONAVIRUS, Oregon, politics

Protesters attempt to storm capitol during Oregon Legislature special session

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley

A special session of the Oregon Legislature anticipated to last one day is off to a rocky start Monday morning.

Oregon legislators have gathered to vote on bills that would provide relief to families affected by Oregon’s September wildfires, provide relief to renters and landlords, allow restaurants and bars to offer to-go cocktails, and shield schools and hospitals from some lawsuits related to COVID-19.

Shortly after the Oregon Senate opened their session at 8 a.m., Republican Senator Dallas Heard (R-Roseburg) took off his mask and accused Oregon’s Democratic Party lawmakers of engaging with Governor Kate Brown in a “campaign against the people and the children of God,” according . . .

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