"Michael Rodgers isn't an Oregon criminal – he is an Oregon hero," Knute Buehler said.
In a Willamette Week report, Rodgers admitted to leaking thousands of the former governor's emails.
It's unclear whether Gov. Kate Brown will allow the projects to move forward.
At a press conference Tuesday, leaders bemoaned the bill stalling in committee. By Tuesday night, a negotiator said the measure was close to moving forward.