OR special session limps ahead without action

OR special session limps ahead without action

OR special session limps ahead without action

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by JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press

kgw.com

Posted on October 1, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 1 at 6:55 PM

SALEM -- A special session of the Oregon Legislature has stalled for a second consecutive day as Gov. John Kitzhaber and legislative leaders try to nail down details and line up votes.

By late afternoon Tuesday, the Legislature had made no progress toward advancing a package of bills tackling pensions, taxes and the regulation of genetically modified crops.

The House showed up for a morning quorum call but never returned to the chamber. The Senate hadn't formally convened at all.

A committee hearing initially scheduled for 8:30 a.m. was pushed back at least five times and is now scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

Kitzhaber reached an agreement with legislative leaders on Sept. 18 and called lawmakers into session starting Monday, but disagreements over key details remained sticking points.

More: Latest on Ore. Special Session

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