Oregon 2022 legislative preview: What’s ahead that could affect your life as legislators gather

The Senate chamber at the Capitol (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Oregon legislators will return to Salem on Tuesday morning with a long list of policies to change and pet projects to fund, and 35 days to do it all.

Job training is top of mind for most lawmakers and Gov. Kate Brown as Oregon has more open jobs than workers to fill them. Illegal marijuana farms in southern Oregon, the ever-present issue of affordable housing and the ongoing economic recovery from Covid will also battle for attention.

New legislative leaders, campaign season and the threats of a Capitol Covid outbreak or another session-ending walkout also color the 2022 legislative session. 

Here’s your quick guide to what to watch for – and who to watch.