BEND, OR -- Oregon state lawmakers are each allowed to introduce two bills during the upcoming short session. But, before legislation can go up for a vote in February, they will be discussed and vetted during Legislative Days in about two weeks.
Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend) tells KBND News preparations are already underway. "Everybody has their bills in Legislative council – some people may have their bills back to them now. They’re trying to get to a point they can have people sign on to them during our January Legislative Days, which is three days - and has really turned into 5 days now - of being in Salem for the second week of January to basically have hearings." Knopp used a public survey to determine his priorities. He plans to focus on PERS Reform and Sustainable Forest Management during the February session.
He says no votes will take place in January, "You can’t act on anything, but you can basically have informational hearings. People are trying to get their bills heard in that session so they’re teed up for two weeks later, when the February session starts." Knopp adds, "At least you can flesh out a little bit who’s supportive, who’s really opposed, because they may come to testify on the bill during the informational hearings; so that’s helpful for Legislators to get that feedback." Legislative Days are scheduled for January 13-15, at the state capitol.
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