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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Oregon Legislature. This is a venue for political and policy coverage of the state government in Salem and its impact on the people of Oregon.

Oregon Democrats Plan To Use Bigger Majorities In A Hurry

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Chris Lehman
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Northwest News Network
Senate Democratic leadership discussed their legislative priorities at the state capitol Monday.

Democrats in the Oregon Senate say they'll take advantage of their bigger majorities right out of the gate this session.

Several high profile bills have come up one vote short in the Oregon Senate in recent years. Democrats picked up two seats in the last election and say they'll use their extra political muscle to move quickly on measures that failed previously.

"There are a number of things that we're putting in the category of 'unfinished business' that we want to get done,” said Oregon Senate Majority leader Diane Rosenbaum.

Things like automatic voter registration for any citizen who gets a drivers license. A low carbon standard for fuel sold in Oregon. Democrats also want to expand background checks for private gun sales. Republicans vow to fight the proposals.

Oregon lawmakers returned to Salem Monday for an expected five month legislative session.