Oregon lawmakers push toward adjournment

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Associated Press

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 1 at 9:31 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Senate met in a rare Saturday session but did not vote on hotly-contested measures to increase tax revenue and cut benefits for retired government workers.

The Senate backed about two dozen largely non-contentious bills, and a committee advanced a bill legalizing medical marijuana dispensaries. The action gets lawmakers closer to adjourning for the year.

Senators are expected to vote Monday or Tuesday on a bill that would raise about $215 million in taxes from corporations and higher-income taxpayers over the next two years. If it passes, which would require support from at least two Republicans, senators would then vote on a separate bill cutting benefits in the Public Employees Retirement System.

Lawmakers are pushing to finish their work and leave Salem before the Fourth of July holiday.

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