GOP asks Oregon House Speaker to pause session due to storms

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FILE: The Oregon State Capitol in Salem, March 3, 2020. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — In an effort to “preserve public access” to the Oregon Legislature, the House Republican leader is urging the House Speaker to pause the virtual 2021 session during mass power outages across the state.

Session activities and meetings were delayed this week due to an icy winter storm during over the weekend.

The session is slated to resume Wednesday, but more than 200,000 remained without power in the western Oregon Tuesday afternoon.

House Republican Leader Christine Drazan said the sessions shouldn’t resume until Oregonians have power restored.

House Speaker Tina Kotek says discussions were ongoing about the viability of Wednesday online sessions.

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