November 19, 2020 •
Oregon Lawmakers Considering First-Ever Catastrophic Special Session
Lawmakers on Wednesday signaled support in using a provision from the state constitution never before used.
Under the provision, Gov. Kate Brown can declare a catastrophic disaster.
In addition, she can convene a special legislative session under looser rules than lawmakers would normally abide by.
Legislators likely would not be required to appear at the Capitol for such a session, eliminating concerns about spreading the coronavirus.
The House and Senate also could operate without a two-thirds quorum of lawmakers in attendance.
If Gov. Brown does declare a catastrophic emergency, it can only last for 30 days unless extended by lawmakers.
A spokesperson for Brown stated the governor is open to holding another special session if legislators can agree to a succinct list of policies addressing Oregonians’ most pressing needs.
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