Oregon Legislature adjourns contentious 2017 session

It began in early February

The State Capitol of Oregon in Salem (KOIN, file)
The State Capitol of Oregon in Salem (KOIN, file)

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.