People of Northwest Public Radio
Mon February 27, 2012
Oregon Lawmakers Approach Adjournment
SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers are negotiating a way to wrap up business this week. They’re scheduled to adjourn on Wednesday. Some bills are passing, but major legislation remains bottled up in committee.
Three of Governor John Kitzhaber's four major policy bills haven't even received a floor vote. Neither has a budget rebalance deal that was announced last week.
Republicans say many of their bills meant to spur job creation also haven't come up. One exception: A measure that would expand the number of Enterprise Zones in the state. Businesses get tax breaks for locating in these economically challenged areas.
House Republican Co-Speaker Bruce Hanna says the measure would simply expand a program that's worked elsewhere in the state.
"We have proven mechanisms that encourage economic growth, and we can use those to create even more jobs for Oregonians who so desperately need them," Hanna says.
Lawmakers have set a deadline to wrap up by Wednesday. But they don't actually have to finish by then. The Oregon Constitution gives them until March 6. To go beyond that they'd need a bipartisan vote.
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