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Legislative session underway

Top issues include marijuana legalization, CRC and background checks for gun purchases


With the 2014 Legislature’s short session underway, Sen. Brian Boquist said the fighting has begun.

“And the public is no longer safe because the Legislature is in session,” he quipped.

The legislative session is limited to no more than 35 days, as per the Oregon Constitution, which limits even-numbered year legislative sessions.

Boquist said there are four clear issues the Senate will take on this session.

“There are a handful of bills that are going to be scheduled or are scheduled,” he said. “The top ones are marijuana (legalization) backgrounds checks for guns, the (Columbia River Crossing) versus a transportation package, and union membership for police officers and firefighters.”

He added, however, that could all change as the session progresses.

Senate Bill 1551 had its first reading Tuesday and was referred to the president’s desk and the judiciary committe. The first hearing on the bill, which would require background checks for most gun purchases, is slated for 8 a.m. Thursday in Room HR 50. Boquist said he expects up to 1,500 people to attend the hearing.

For a full list of hearings, visit www.oregonlegislature.gov.



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