SALEM -- The Oregon Legislature has kicked off a special session to consider pension cuts, tax changes and agricultural regulations.

The House and Senate went to work shortly after 8 a.m. Monday. The session is expected to wrap up within a day but could run longer.

Gov. John Kitzhaber called lawmakers to Salem earlier this month after negotiating an agreement with legislative leaders.

The agreement would cut pension benefits for retired government workers, raise taxes on some businesses and individuals, and cut taxes for others. Local governments would be prohibited from regulating genetically modified crops.

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