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Oregon: 2017 Session Adjourns
July 10, 2017

Lawmakers ended the 2017 regular session a few days early on Friday after approving a $5.3 billion infrastructure improvement package, and a measure to raise the legal age for tobacco sales to 21. Legislators also approved a $600 million tax on hospitals and insurers, a measure to allow judges to confiscate firearms from suicidal persons, and legislation that mandates insurance coverage of abortions.

As the session adjourned, lawmakers could not reach an agreement on reforming the revenue structure and the public employees retirement system, as well as the regulation of carbon emissions. Governor Kate Brown (D), who does not possess a pocket veto, has until August 18 to sign or veto legislation that reaches her desk.

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