Oregon Legislature breaks for weekend
Friday, March 2, 2012
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon lawmakers have left Salem for the weekend without progress on the last big-ticket items that remain stalled.
Lawmakers are scheduled to return on Monday, and officials say they are on track to reach consensus on the last details of a rebalancing plan and on Gov. John Kitzhaber's plan to require school districts and colleges to sign achievement compacts with the state.
The House voted Friday to advance two Kitzhaber-backed bills. One would implement an online health-insurance marketplace where consumers and small businesses could shop for health coverage. The other would streamline programs for early childhood education with a goal of ensuring at-risk children are ready for school by the time they reach kindergarten. Those measures go to the Senate.
The House also voted to keep private the identities of people with concealed handgun licenses.