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|Archives - August 2007|
|Wednesday, August 01, 2007|
Was it a good session for business? Yes, says Kari Chisholm, a political consultant and an editor at blueoregon.com, one of the most prominent left-leaning blogs in the state. He points, as other Democrats do, to the major increase in funding for higher education as one example.
HERE COMES FEB. 4
It’s during the “vacation” time — those months between legislative sessions — that the dirty work on bills gets done: research, input from legislative counsel, handshaking and deal making. And since the Democrats did little or none of that legwork last summer (who would have guessed they’d ever take dual majority?), what got taken care of in the 2007 session was the “easy stuff, the low-hanging fruit,” says Chisholm.
BUT WHAT WILL THEY DO?
Aside from responding to voter initiatives such as Measure 37, nobody’s saying just what the Legislature will take on. Some, like Piccolo, argue that the purpose of the special session is to deal with budget issues alone. The challenge for Republicans, he says, will be to limit or block policy bills from being introduced.
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