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Oregon Lawmakers Gavel 2014 Legislative Session To A Close

The Oregon Capitol.
M.O. Stevens
The Oregon Capitol.

The Oregon legislature has wrapped up its 2014 legislative session. The final gavel fell Friday afternoon as lawmakers wrapped up the loose ends on a handful of bills.

Adjournment came just two days before lawmakers had to leave under the terms of the Oregon Constitution. House Speaker TinaKotekbrought the gavel down just before dinner time.

The final day was relatively free of political gamesmanship as lawmakers quietly adjusted a few state agency budgets and gave final Senate approval to a measure that allows towns to ban medical marijuana dispensaries for the next year.

Lawmakers also signed off on a $200 million grant for cancer research at Oregon Health and Science University. Republican senator Fred Girod said the money could be a game-changer.

"I went to school in Boston. I saw first-hand what MIT and Harvard could do for that area," he said. "I think that will happen in Portland."

The money will be added to a $500 million matching grant challenge from Nike co-founder Phil Knight.

Copyright 2014 Northwest News Network

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.