Public can weigh in on Oregon special session issues

Hearings serve as prelude to Oregon's upcoming special legislative session.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Members of the public can speak to key state lawmakers on Thursday and Friday about the issues to be considered in a special session of the Legislature.

Gov. John Kitzhaber has called legislators to Salem next week to consider an array of legislation that he says would increase funding for public education.

The plan would cut public-employee pensions, revise the tax code and prohibit local governments from banning genetically modified crops.

Thursday’s hearing begins at 2:15 p.m. The public will be allowed to weigh in after lawmakers question experts.

Friday’s hearing begins with more expert testimony at 9 a.m. Public comment on Friday will be limited to the tax and pension issues.

Both will be held at the state Capitol in Salem.

The public also can call or email lawmakers.



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