It is a new month, however the identical complications for Oregon’s Legislature.
The 2021 session of the Legislature hit the 100-day mark on Thursday. The structure offers the Home and Senate 160 days in even-numbered years to provoke, bloviate and legislate earlier than being compelled to gavel the session closed.
When lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Monday morning, that they had simply simply 56 days left — it doesn’t matter what. The Oregon structure requires the Legislature to close down by June 28.
In legislative parlance, the Home and Senate should “Sine Die” — a Latin phrase twist that roughly interprets to adjourn with out a future date to satisfy in 2021.
The clock was began on Jan. 19 and does not cease for nights, weekends, holidays, COVID-19 shutdowns, Senate walk-outs or Home slow-downs.
And when it’s over, it is over. All payments left are lifeless. Concepts can come again the subsequent session, however have to start out over once more.
The Legislature has its personal computerized Spring cleansing with 4 “witching hours” throughout the session that kill off payments stalled in committees. Home Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, estimated early within the session that as much as 4,000 payments and resolutions have been launched.