It is known as the “Christmas Tree Bill” and it comes at the very end of every legislative session. It is the one piece of legislation that has something in it for virtually everyone in the Legislature. This year Senate Bill 5507 is that bill and it contains $5 million for Justice Reinvestment Initiative grants, which can be interpreted as a legislative win for Oregon counties. It also includes $20 million on housing for people with mental health issues.

Your AOC policy managers will be taking the ornaments off the Christmas Tree Bill over the next several days and will report in this and future communications of the wins and losses in that bill. It is only 36 pages long if you want some bed time reading material.