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Oregon Lawmakers Return To Salem For Meetings

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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.

Copyright 2015 Northwest News Network

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.