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Oregon lawmakers begin jam-packed short session

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By KRISTENA HANSEN
Associated Press

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon lawmakers will flock to the Capitol on Monday to begin what's already being considered the busiest short session to-date.

The next 35 days will be a whirlwind of proposed budget tweaks, closing loopholes in existing laws and a wide spectrum of massive policy changes that could fundamentally impact Oregonians' daily lives.

Some of this year's biggest legislative issues -- raising the state's minimum wage, increasing corporate taxes, privatizing the state's liquor monopoly, phasing out coal power for renewables -- are responses to special interest groups' threats to take more aggressive proposals to voters in November. Policymakers will also explore ways to overhaul the state's troubled foster-care system, ensure housing stays affordable, refine the new marijuana laws and strengthen background-check requirements recently imposed on firearm purchases.

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