Oregon lawmakers go into second half of session with a full plate

(Caleb Wolf/Special to Salem Reporter)

SALEM -- Oregon’s legislators are halfway around their political track in Salem and major reforms in taxation, environment and education remain in the works.

They now have about 90 days to finish their work and go home.

Democrats, who dominate the House and Senate, say key proposals have already been passed and turned into law, including first-of-its kind statewide rent control.

About 200 bills have made it through, most with no controversy. They honor influential figures and tidy up technical details in existing laws among other steps.

Friday was a critical day. Legislative leaders mandated that proposed bills were being actively processed or they would die for lack of progress. That could whittle down legislators’ “to do” list considerably.

Hundreds of proposals are still being considered that . . .