The 2014 session kicked off Monday and lawmakers are scrambling to create momentum for the issues at the top of their agendas. They have until Friday to schedule committee work sessions for their bills. It’s an even-numbered year, which means the entire session will only last 35 days (at the most). Bills that don’t get a hearing by February 13 are unlikely to advance at all this session.
Meanwhile, the state is looking into the botched roll out of its health insurance exchange, Cover Oregon. Republican lawmakers want to add Carolyn Lawson to the list of people being investigated. Lawson recently stepped down from her position as the Chief Information Officer at Cover Oregon and she is the subject of an investigative report by KATU into the insurance exchange. Democrats have introduced a slew of bills to address some of the problems with insurance coverage and guard against IT problems like this in the future.
What issues are you following this session?
- Tina Kotek: Oregon Speaker of the House (D-Portland)
- Ted Ferrioli: Oregon Senate Republican Leader (R-John Day)