Oregon Legislature releases safety plan for 2021 Legislative Session

Today the Oregon Legislature released its safety plan for the upcoming 2021 Legislative Session.

Posted: Jan 7, 2021 5:54 PM

SALEM, Ore. -- Today the Oregon Legislature released its safety plan for the upcoming 2021 Legislative Session.

The plan for floor sessions will be similar to previous ones, creating distance for when members can be on the floor for voting.

They'll also continue with committees meeting only virtually.

Public hearings and work sessions won't happen on the same day, and the public record will be open longer so people can participate.

House Speaker Tina Kotek says they want to model best workplace practices so that the work can get done safely.

“As we know the pandemic will be with us for a foreseeable future. More than 1,500 Oregonians have died from COVID-19 and our state's hospital capacity continues to be stretched. Then, there's still a high level of community spread throughout the state, and Marion County has been designated at extreme risk for quite awhile. We do not want our actions in the Capitol starting this month to make matters worse," Kotek said.

Physical entry to the Capitol is permitted for authorized personnel, but legislators say if public health conditions improve, public entry will be expanded.

Kotek says they're going to communicate more with the public about the safety plan, making sure everyone understands how they can participate remotely by phone or video.

“Our goals have been to both balance public health with public input and participation in the legislative process. We have focused on safety primarily, and we want to have a plan that focuses on making sure the process in this environment is transparent. We want public engagement and we want to be able to do the people's work," Kotek said. 

The Legislature will meet on Monday for the swearing in of new members. 

The Legislative Session will begin on Tuesday, January 19th.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 157079

Reported Deaths: 2296
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah32006550
Washington21377217
Marion18625287
Clackamas13456191
Lane10373131
Jackson8569118
Umatilla770982
Deschutes602765
Yamhill380069
Linn361357
Malheur336358
Polk308845
Klamath281655
Douglas259255
Josephine240056
Benton236618
Jefferson197630
Coos159121
Union130519
Columbia127721
Wasco122226
Lincoln113920
Hood River107129
Morrow105014
Crook78118
Clatsop7796
Baker6769
Curry4387
Tillamook4302
Lake3836
Harney2786
Grant2301
Wallowa1445
Gilliam541
Sherman530
Wheeler221
Unassigned00

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Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3596760

Reported Deaths: 54134
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles120186822015
Riverside2909043892
San Bernardino2877823137
San Diego2627813385
Orange2625504173
Santa Clara1116381822
Kern104181942
Fresno961841488
Sacramento941821510
Alameda812551289
Ventura78368883
San Joaquin672841182
Contra Costa63297708
Stanislaus56702957
Tulare48203770
Monterey42404331
San Mateo39305525
San Francisco34526432
Santa Barbara32301423
Solano30305167
Merced29376413
Sonoma28417303
Imperial26970641
Kings22175227
Placer20035232
San Luis Obispo19835246
Madera15624214
Santa Cruz14790187
Marin13358198
Yolo12920185
Shasta11102179
Butte11050169
El Dorado9204100
Napa910975
Sutter892398
Yuba579539
San Benito579061
Lassen562325
Tehama511852
Nevada403374
Tuolumne397259
Mendocino383944
Amador348441
Humboldt326633
Lake318541
Glenn224123
Colusa214213
Calaveras192849
Siskiyou179014
Inyo133437
Mono12194
Del Norte10275
Plumas6546
Modoc4604
Mariposa3957
Trinity3735
Sierra1000
Alpine840
Unassigned00
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