Ore. lawmakers punt to next year on key decisions

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- When Oregon lawmakers return to the Capitol in February, they'll have to pick up the cans they kicked down the road.

They face tough decisions on the major education and health care changes that they halfway adopted this year. And they'll have to do it in just 35 days while also keeping at least one eye on the November election.

Lawmakers adjourned the 2011 legislative session after making mostly modest changes to state law. Perhaps their biggest accomplishments were bills aimed at overhauling the structure of education and health care. But those measures left the details to be decided at a later date.