Special session drags on in Salem

Bulletin staff /

Published Oct 1, 2013 at 08:21PM

There were more delays in Salem today over the complex package of bills comprising the so-called grand bargain, which would trim public pensions and raise taxes.

Gov. John Kitzhaber called the special legislative session for Monday, hoping it would last a single day. The session will now stretch into Wednesday.

Late this evening, lawmakers met in a committee to make largely technical changes to the package.

Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, said the five bills on taxes, public pensions, and genetically modified organisms would be moved out of the committee Tuesday night.

House Republican Leader Mike McLane, R-Powell Butte, said he's fairly confident lawmakers will vote on the full package on Wednesday.

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