Nearly a dozen Republicans boycotted a vote on the amended version of HB 2002, which protects abortion and gender-affirming care providers from civil liability or prosecution.
End-of-session bills doling out state money for projects around Oregon include major building projects and operating money for several Salem institutions.
Democrats agreed to modify portions of bills Republicans objected to in order to end a walkout that had dragged on for over a month.
Democrats agreed to water down bills on abortion and firearms, ending the Senate boycott that started May 3.
Most legislative Democrats have signed onto a constitutional referral to address walkouts proposed by Reps. Khanh Pham and David Gomberg, though its prospects of passing this session are dim.
In a letter to lawmakers, doctors warned against watering down a bill which would let children younger than 15 obtain an abortion without parental consent. Democrats are considering softening the language to bring Republican Senators back to the Capitol.
Bills to strengthen penalties for fentanyl possession, make it easier to change speed limits in Marion County and let community colleges train more nurses have passed the Oregon House with bipartisan support and await Senate votes.
Salem leaders said they’re frustrated by the lack of a deal one month into a walkout led by Senate Republicans which is stalling bipartisan proposals and funding to address a range of local needs.
The U.S. Department of Justice has subpoenaed records from five state agencies over the former Secretary of State moonlighting for a marijuana company.
Bills to help wildfire response, expand health care access and prevent homelessness for Oregonians remain in jeopardy as neither side budges over a month after the Republican walkout began.