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SALEM The state is holding a public listening session at the Thursday to hear public concerns about genetically modified organism, the Public Employee Retirements System and tax reform.

A special session of the Oregon Legislature will convene next week to debate a variety of measures including cuts to the public employee pension system, new tax revenue and cuts, a bill that would bar most counties from regulating genetically modified crops and a possible deal on the Columbia River Crossing.

Residents are encouraged to voice their opinions to lawmakers.

Thursday s listening session starts at 2:15 p.m. at the state capitol building s Hearing Room A. Another listening session was scheduled for Friday at 9 a.m.

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