Deal Reached On Two Of Kitzhaber's Legislative Priorities

Mar 1, 2012

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers and Governor John Kitzhaber say they've reached a last-minute deal on two of the Governor's legislative priorities. The agreement paves the way for a possible adjournment Thursday or Friday. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

With some minor tweaks, it appears that two of the governor's key bills are on the way to passage. One would consolidate early childhood education programs. Another would create a health insurance exchange to make lower-cost insurance plans more accessible to individuals and small businesses. Another Kitzhaber priority remains stalled: so-called achievement compacts for school districts that would set goals for student progress.

Oregon lawmakers also remain deadlocked over a few remaining details in a plan to rebalance the current state spending plan. But the House Democrats' lead budget-writer, Peter Buckley, said Wednesday evening that he expects an agreement soon. Lawmakers had been planning to wrap up their session by the end of February, but they'll spill over a bit into March.

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