SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature has adjourned the 2017 session that saw the passage of record-funding for schools, a long-term transportation package, gun restrictions, cost-free abortions and health care funding for Medicaid and undocumented immigrants.
The 2017 session officially ended Friday afternoon, which was three days ahead of the constitutionally-required deadline of July 10.
Many lawmakers say it’ll be remembered as one of the most challenging sessions in recent history.
It began in early February, but a gridlock between Democrats and Republicans over a tax hike on businesses that ultimately failed stalled the session’s progress leading up to the final weeks.
While lawmakers eventually balanced the state’s $21 billion operating budget and passed several major policies, changes to the state’s pension system, tax structure and health care plans were delayed for another year.