Senate OKs annual sessions

The annual sessions measure gets approval from the Senate to go before voters in November.

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The Senate approved the annual sessions measure this week, giving Oregonians the opportunity to vote on it in November.

If passed, the measure will break Oregon’s every-other-year legislative schedule that it has worked under since statehood.

Senate President Peter Courtney, the Legislature’s biggest cheerleader for annual sessions, said he thinks the need for lawmakers to come to Salem every year has reached critical mass.

“The affairs of state have become too complex for the Legislature to address by meeting for a few months every other year,” the Salem Democrat told the Senate Rules Committee before it voted on the constitutional amendment.

Read the full story at The Register-Guard.

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