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Oregon Legislative Session
Thu March 1, 2012
Frustration Evident As Session Keeps On Going
SALEM, Ore. – Tensions are bubbling to the surface in Salem as the legislative session continues with no certain end in sight. Lawmakers had hoped to wrap up their work earlier this week. But by midday Thursday, it became apparent that the session would continue at least through Friday. That led Peter Courtney, President of the Senate, to blast the members of the House.
Peter Courtney: "They've gone home for the day, basically, even though they may be hanging around. I think that’s interesting. That's all I'm going to say, House….and by the way, I'm not being partisan. I'm mad at the whole House."
There was some movement Thursday on two bills sought by Governor John Kitzhaber. But lawmakers haven't budged on a third measure. And a budget re-balance agreement is still on hold as lawmakers wrangle over the final details.
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