Gov. John Kitzhaber's push to have a one-day special legislative session disappeared today with lawmakers scheduled to take up a deal trimming public pensions and raising taxes again Tuesday.
Little real action resulted after the session convened at 8 a.m. A series of delays and rescheduled hearings followed, with the first formal meeting of the legislative special committee at 3 p.m. The committee met briefly and recessed indefinitely.
Instead, key lawmakers appeared to spend the bulk of the day behind closed doors.
House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, asked that members “be flexible” and said a bill is being drafted that would allow the Legislature to adjourn “hopefully tomorrow.”
The so-called “grand bargain” is an agreement between slashing pensions, raising taxes and prohibiting counties from regulating genetically modified crops. Monday started with uncertainty over the overall fate of the grand bargain. Late Sunday evening, some lawmakers took to social media, saying the deal had imploded: http://bit.ly/16PO83B.
But it appeared the deal was back on this afternoon. And it may include other issues, such as a measure allowing high schools to keep their American Indian mascots. The governor vetoed the bill in the regular session, but lawmakers discussed overriding the veto.
--Bulletin staff report