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Oregon Legislature adjourns after whirlwind session

July 1, 2019

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature has adjourned its 160-day legislative session after sending Gov. Kate Brown a new two-year state budget and dozens of policy priorities.

A fuller picture of the two-year budget won’t be made available until July. But the Legislature approved millions of dollars to increase funding for higher education, the foster care system and public safety.

Lawmakers also rushed through major legislative priorities including an increased tobacco tax and a paid family and medical leave program.

Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick called it a “productive session” that saw passage of “holy grail items” Democrats have long been waiting to get to the governor’s desk.

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