Salem – The 78th Oregon Legislative Assembly has adjourned sine die. History will judge the accomplishments and failures, but that hasn’t deterred the participants in the session from issuing their own assessments.
One merely has to access the Legislature’s own website and follow the links to the press release section to see the reactions and how they mostly fall along party lines and partisan talking points.
Our job here at Oregon Trails is to try to gauge the impact of the Legislative session on Oregon’s 36 counties, and in that regard, we must certainly say it was mixed, some wins, some losses.
Your AOC policy managers will be working on the plus and minus of the past session over the next several days and we will have a written overview of the session at the AOC Summer Summit in Deschutes County August 9,10,11.
But the best news to report today is that the Oregon Legislature decided to finish the 2015 regular session at 6:05 pm, Monday, July 6th and the Capitol emptied out. Speculation about a special session to deal with whatever issues weren’t addressed over the last six months will no doubt grow as we get closer to Labor Day, but for now, we will enjoy the moment.