We’re coming out of the second “off year” state legislative session since the “tweener” sessions were approved by the voters in 2010. The voters were told that the off-year sessions were needed to adjust the state budget because a lot can happen over the two years the legislature is not in session.
Well, a funny thing happened on the way to these off-year sessions. After our second installment it appears to many that they’re being used as a method to get a lot done with issues not at all related to the state budget. Conflicts over medical marijuana regulations is a prime example. In short, these “tweener” sessions are seen as producing more legislative mischief heading into the next election than well vetted progress from a political standpoint, and practically no meaningful adjustments to the running two year budget.
More on all this from The Oregonian. Click here.