Oregon’s top elected leaders, including the governor and leaders from both parties in the House and Senate, still have not determined whether or when to call a special session of the Oregon Legislature to address policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the OAN’s contract lobbying firm, Thorn Run Partners.
Although some expected the session to happen as early as this week, there’s been no announcement. State officials are analyzing the federal economic aid packages passed by Congress to determine where there are gaps in assistance, and how the state of Oregon might be able to address them.
Earlier, the legislature appointed a Joint Committee on Coronavirus Response, which issued a series of policy recommendations(PDF) on March 25. These pertain to supporting families as well as businesses by supporting access to food, shelter and health care, and protecting against eviction and foreclosure (both residential and commercial). These broad ideas have been fleshed out into a series of “legislative concepts” that are being circulated.
The OAN Advocacy Team continues to monitor developments in this legislative process and analyze potential impacts and opportunities for nurseries, greenhouses and suppliers.