Oregon Legislature deadlocks on education bills
Monday, June 20, 2011
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Legislature has gone home for the night without passing any of the major education bills that were supposed to consume the day.
The state House deadlocked Monday on a compromise plan to vote on 14 education bills after one Republican priority died in a 30-30 split. It needed 31 votes to pass.
The bill would expand access to online charter schools. It's among the most controversial of the 14 bills that had been slated for votes in both chambers of the Legislature on Monday.
The Senate did pass four of the bills, including one of Gov. John Kitzhaber's top priorities to merge birth-to-college education oversight under one unified board. Those measures did not get votes in the House.
Lawmakers will take up the education measures again on Tuesday.