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Governor Brown calls on Oregon legislature to convene a special session

Governor Kate Brown on Tuesday announced that she would convene a special session of the state legislature to address both COVID-19 and police accountability measures.

Posted: Jun 16, 2020 9:23 AM
Updated: Jun 16, 2020 10:04 AM

SALEM, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown on Tuesday announced that she will convene a special session of the state legislature to address both COVID-19 and police accountability measures.

The short 2020 legislative session ended abruptly at the beginning of March after Democrats and Republicans reached an impasse over a cap-and-trade bill, leaving a number of other bills unaddressed. Some funding measures were later taken up by the Legislative Emergency Board as the state went on lockdown in response to coronavirus.

Governor Brown said that the special session is set to begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24. The focus of the session will be to improve police accountability and further address the ongoing impacts of COVID-19.

“We are at a unique moment in America,” Brown said. “I am calling a special session to take up two urgent issues facing our state: the COVID-19 pandemic and police accountability. Several pandemic-related policies that I have implemented via executive order, including the temporary eviction moratorium and protecting CARES Act payments from garnishment, should be codified in statute. And the public’s call for significant police reform is too urgent to wait until the next regular legislative session. It’s imperative that the Legislature take action on these issues right away.”


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On Monday, the House Republican caucus released a statement on the potential for a special session, saying that they wanted to minimize the economic impact of COVID-19 by "reducing the weight of government waste, protecting the safety net, preserving essential public services, reversing job-killing regulations and lightening the burden of aggressive new taxes."

House Republicans took aim, in particular, at the "economic devastation" caused by Governor Brown's executive orders during the coronavirus response.

Following Brown's announcement on Tuesday, Senate Republican Leader Fred Girod, R-Stayton, released a statement questioning the purpose behind calling a special session that did not immediately address the state's budget.

“I fail to understand why the Governor is calling the legislature in for a special session, an expensive undertaking for taxpayers, in the middle of a pandemic, when it is not intended to address the state budget deficit," Sen. Girod said. "The intent of this special session should be to balance the state budget, which is the fundamental job of the legislature, and provide relief to Oregonians suffering from the ongoing COVID-19 economic disaster. Instead, the Governor is prioritizing policy bills."

Brown said that she wants to call a second special session later in the summer in order to balance the state's budget in light of the major impacts of coronavirus.

"Unless the federal government takes action, states like Oregon could be forced to make significant cuts to schools, health care, and senior services," Brown said. “In the meantime, I am finalizing a list of $150 million General Fund savings for this biennium, to be released by the end of this week as part of my efforts to put Oregon’s budget on better footing.”

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 387485

Reported Deaths: 5116
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah59768836
Washington41571393
Marion39592504
Clackamas32426376
Lane29856354
Jackson24672350
Deschutes23182185
Umatilla15087180
Linn14488178
Douglas13236286
Josephine10057240
Yamhill9665142
Klamath8979145
Polk813698
Benton605137
Malheur591586
Coos5573106
Columbia423855
Jefferson416865
Lincoln357252
Union336854
Crook330156
Wasco314846
Clatsop258335
Baker217531
Tillamook214345
Hood River211337
Morrow197025
Curry190136
Harney119332
Grant108314
Lake104016
Wallowa74713
Sherman1903
Gilliam1844
Wheeler1141
Unassigned00

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Cases: 5061240

Reported Deaths: 74159
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles152548627128
San Diego4047084319
Riverside3849455306
San Bernardino3718825944
Orange3329505675
Sacramento1674002423
Kern1565171781
Fresno1558992246
Santa Clara1511691922
Alameda1246581504
San Joaquin1070001833
Ventura1036461188
Contra Costa1032921045
Stanislaus912991413
Tulare856141082
San Francisco56614669
San Mateo56058629
Monterey52340625
Solano47422356
Santa Barbara47035548
Merced44807664
Sonoma42912412
Placer41881468
Imperial38128769
Kings35038358
San Luis Obispo31294358
Madera26005311
Shasta25917440
Butte25295309
Santa Cruz22028222
Yolo21451257
Marin18342248
El Dorado18166161
Sutter14494181
Napa13372104
Yuba1070088
Tehama10230129
Humboldt10043117
Nevada9914103
Mendocino848894
Lassen792355
San Benito775977
Tuolumne767790
Lake6990110
Amador573766
Siskiyou470954
Glenn455136
Calaveras435685
Del Norte371242
Colusa323519
Inyo254345
Plumas19127
Mono18294
Mariposa156718
Trinity98817
Modoc7475
Unassigned2430
Sierra2170
Alpine1060
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