67% of the 77th Legislative Assembly holds another job outside of being a legislator.
Taking a leave of absence, some lawmakers said, was never an option because it would disconnect them from their communities.
In Oregon, the Legislature convenes annually, but sessions may not exceed 160 days in odd-numbered years and 35 days in even-numbered years. Lawmakers used to meet once every two years before 2012.
Read more at The Statesman Journal.