Legislature did make progress on some new laws, before senators scooted away

SALEM — These bills might not make headlines, but they may make a difference to Oregonians all the same. Each of these bills passed their last hurdle this week and now head to Gov. Kate Brown for her signature.

KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON: In a display of possibly inadvertent foresight, the Legislature near-unanimously passed House Bill 5048, which will allow state agencies to keep operating at their current service levels until September if a budget hasn’t been approved and signed for them by then. The Senate approved the bill without opposition Monday after it previously passed the House with just one “nay” vote, from Rep. E. Werner Reschke, R-Klamath Falls.

Sen. Bill Hansell, R-Athena, who carried the bill, and his 10 Republican colleagues were gone three days later, bringing the Senate to a standstill and . . .