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Legislative emergency board allocates $24.2 million in emergency spending for coronavirus, flood relief

Sen. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, (left) asks his colleagues whether $5 million is truly enough to fund the state’s response to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19. (Sam Stites/Oregon Capital Bureau)

SALEM - The legislative Emergency Board Monday approved emergency allocations, including $11.5 million for flood relief in the Pendleton area, $5 million for COVID-19 efforts, and $2.7 million for the Office of Emergency Management to implement new preparedness programs. 

They acted a day after the 2020 Legislature adjourned automatically. The absence of Republican legislators in the days before the adjournment prevented any votes on funding needs or other legislation.

But at Monday’s Emergency Board meeting, all seven Republicans were present and engaged. 

The $11.5 million for flood relief includes $2 million for new affordable housing units for Umatilla . . .