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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 Lawmakers Return To Salem For Meetings


Oregon lawmakers are returning to Salem Monday to take a look at issues they think can't wait until their next legislative session.

It's the first round of so-called "Legislative Days" since lawmakers adjourned their regular session earlier this summer. It's a chance for policy-makers to check out the real-world impact of some of the bills they passed.

That includes a program meant to waive community college tuition for some low-income students. Another update comes from marijuana regulators on the eve of the start to retail recreational pot sales in Oregon.

One item not on the agenda: After initially agreeing to a GOP request for a hearing on the Oregon branch of Planned Parenthood, Democrats pulled the plug. House Speaker Tina Kotek said she feared the hearing would turn into a political stunt.