Ore. special session passes PERS changes

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber prepares to address the media as the Oregon Legislature convenes for a special session at the State Capitol in Salem, Ore. Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. (KOIN 6 News)
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber prepares to address the media as the Oregon Legislature convenes for a special session at the State Capitol in Salem, Ore. Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. (KOIN 6 News)

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon’s governor is expected to address the completion of Oregon’s special session wrapping up now in Salem, Ore.

Wednesday, which marks the final day for lawmakers in Salem, got off to a rough start.

The first bill of Oregon’s special session barely passed in the House. It includes four different tax raises. The measure raises taxes for some businesses and individuals and lowers them for others, according to the Associated Press.

All five bills had to pass in this “grand bargain” package for the work to be complete. The “grand bargain” will make cuts to PERS, the public employee retirement system.

Here’s what has passed:

  • Senate Bill 863 prohibits counties from banning genetically modified crops.
  • A bill passed to assign new revenue to education, seniors, and mental health.
  • Senate Bill 861 cuts the cost of living increases to PERS and, when paired with Senate Bill 862 to restrict PERS salary calculations, would let the state keep more than $400 million a year.

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