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Key Deadline To Move Bills Means Some Legislation Dies In Salem

Matt Howry

Oregon lawmakers will return to the capitol Friday with a better sense of what they'll be voting on over the next three weeks.

Thursday was a deadline for bills to advance out of committee.

Last week dozens of people testified for and against a bill that would require background checks on private gun sales in Oregon. A motion by Democrat Arnie Roblan served as the first nail in the coffin for the bill:

"I move that we send Senate Bill 1551 to the Committee on Rules without recommendation."

Democrats did send the measure to a special committee that's not subject to deadlines. So it technically still has a chance. But the maneuver often means that a bill doesn't have enough support to survive a floor vote.

Other bills sort of advancing in this way include one to legalize recreational marijuana and one to fund a new I-5 bridge over the Columbia River.

Some high-profile legislation didn't make the cut at all: Proposals to ban sales of e-cigarettes to minors and to allow grocery stores to sell liquor are both dead for this session

Copyright 2014 Northwest News Network

Chris Lehman covers the Oregon state capitol for JPR as part of the Northwest News Network, a group of 12 Northwest public radio organizations which collaborate on regional news coverage. Chris graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He began his career producing arts features for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana and has been a reporter/announcer for NPR station WNIJ in DeKalb, Illinois. Chris has also reported from overseas, filing stories from Iraq, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Uganda.
Chris Lehman
Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.